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Ubik

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“From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you’ll never be sure you’ve woken up from.”—Lev Grossman, Time

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  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • Publish Date: 2012-04-17
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    Reviews/Comments On Ubik


    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful
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    By: Anonymous
    2014-11-25 01:08:16

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a novel, not a short story.

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    RE: Ubik
    By: Anonymous
    2016-10-29 08:51:34

    This book seriously disappointed me. It starts incredibly strong, with the first 5 chapters introducing groundbreaking sci-fi ideas and interesting situations and characters. But from there on, it all went down the drain as far as I am concerned.

    Even the writing style changed drastically, from a quickly-paced, character-driven story at first into a slow, over-descriptive and obscure dive into confusion. After a while, I started just skimming over whole paragraphs that brought very little to the story.

    And frankly, the whole regression-towards-the-past concept sounded great at first, but ended up utterly unconvincing and weirdly imagined. Same with the Ubik bottles, which never made sense to me.

    The ending was nice though, I have to admit, mostly because it did not force things on the reader, but rather let things open to interpretation.

    Overall, I am still happy to have read it because of the influence it had, but for me, that's far from PKD's best written story.

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