On Mars, the harsh climate could make any colonist turn to drugs to escape a dead-end existence. Especially when the drug is Can-D, which transports its users into the idyllic world of a Barbie-esque character named Perky Pat. When the mysterious Palmer Eldritch arrives with a new drug called Chew-Z, he offers a more addictive experience, one that might bring the user closer to God. But in a world where everyone is tripping, no promises can be taken at face value.
This Nebula Award nominee is one of Philip K. Dick's enduring classics, at once a deep character study, a dark mystery, and a tightrope walk along the edge of reality and illusion.
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This may be the best book I've read in a decade.
Fifty years later and this book remains as insightful as ever. PKD delves into consumerism, virtual reality, and drug flashbacks before there were words to describe these things. His meditations on religion and the nature of a supreme being resonate today.
Grad student, yogini, microscopist. I listen to audiobooks and podcasts while at work and while commuting by bike.
Yes, because it is highly imaginative and unique. It kept me interested and was totally unpredictable.
The descriptions of the drug trips.
Please, please, male narrators, do not use a falsetto for female voices! It is so cheesy and insulting.
I would, but good luck with that!
Pretty good book, especially for the price. Give it a listen.
"Clever but at times confusing"
PKD is very clever but I always seem to struggle getting thourgh his stories. perhaps from the way he writes. Maybe due to them being written in the 60's.
He was also known to be into drugs (LSD) alot so was way out there at times.
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