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The Cosmic Puppets (1957)

af Philip K. Dick

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A typically unsettling tale of different realities from a master of the genre Yielding to a compulsion he can't explain, Ted Barton interrupts his vacation in order to visit the town of his birth, Millgate, Virginia. But upon entering the sleepy, isolated little hamlet, Ted is distraught to find that the place bears no resemblance to the one he left behind - and never did. He also discovers that in this Millgate Ted Barton died of scarlet fever when he was nine years old. Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that it is literally impossible to escape. Unable to leave, Ted struggles to find the reason for such disturbing incongruities, but before long, he finds himself in the midst of a struggle between good and evil that stretches far beyond the confines of the valley. Winner of both the HUGO and JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARDs for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.… (mere)

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Ted Barton decides on a whim to return and visit the town of his birth, Millgate. When he gets there he finds it it completely different to how he remembered it.Non of the streets have the same name, the shops are different, and no one remembers him. A little further investigation reveals that some one of his name died of scarlet fever around the time he left the town. It is all very strange, and when he tries to leave, he finds that he can't.

As he reluctantly stays in the town, he see ghostlike figures wandering past, and meets people who also seem to remember the town as it once was. As he learns more he realises that it is a focal point for two cosmological giants.

PKD has a way of taking a reality that you know and are familiar with and twisting it. In this book the twist is a full 180 degrees, as the reality he conjures up is familiar and utterly different. He manages to bring a touch of gothic horror into the book too. The writing is a little dated, but then it was published in 1957.

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  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
A fully thrilling and worthwhile novel by the Sci-Fi master Philip K. Dick. This one touches on the regular themes, especially dealing with the distortion of space and time. The plot is action packed and full of twists and turns that keep the reader intrigued throughout its duration. The characters are strong here, as is the writing, and the villains are set with just the right tone. Overall, a great book.

4 stars- fully earned. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Jul 20, 2019 |
It’s got that classic PKDian viewpoint, but it’s rather slight. Probably because it’s so short. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Jun 14, 2018 |
One could do worse than read this as one's intro to Dick. It is short, relatively straightforward (after the obligatory wtf), and has some interesting ideas. I've not been entirely successful in my forays into Dick's catalog, but I'm persuaded by this to continue to try to read his more ambitious works. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
My reaction to reading this novel in 2005.

An adequate and rare novel length Zoroastrian fantasy by Dick. The use of a Virginia milieu was interesting. By coincidence, this book also uses the idea of buildings that are either fake or mutable in their temporal identity just like Dick's Ubik which I just read.

I note that, even in this short of a novel, Dick seemingly couldn't resist having a protagonist with marital troubles. ( )
1 stem RandyStafford | Apr 23, 2014 |
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A typically unsettling tale of different realities from a master of the genre Yielding to a compulsion he can't explain, Ted Barton interrupts his vacation in order to visit the town of his birth, Millgate, Virginia. But upon entering the sleepy, isolated little hamlet, Ted is distraught to find that the place bears no resemblance to the one he left behind - and never did. He also discovers that in this Millgate Ted Barton died of scarlet fever when he was nine years old. Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that it is literally impossible to escape. Unable to leave, Ted struggles to find the reason for such disturbing incongruities, but before long, he finds himself in the midst of a struggle between good and evil that stretches far beyond the confines of the valley. Winner of both the HUGO and JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARDs for best novel, widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day, and the object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, Philip K. Dick has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.

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