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A Scanner Darkly

55 Ratings: 3.5
a book by Philip K. Dick

From Publishers Weekly   America in the near future has lost the war against drugs. Though the government tries to protect the upper class, the system is infested with undercover cops like Fred, who regularly ingests the popular Substance D … see full wiki

Author: Philip K. Dick
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Vintage (December 3, 1991)
Date Published: (December 3, 1991) Original Copyright 1977
4 reviews about A Scanner Darkly
review by . June 22, 2010
This is Philip K's hyper-paranoia book. Of course, all of his books to some degree rely heavily on knowing the difference between "reality" and the totally subjective; but only in A Scanner Darkly do the two fluctuate so. Our main character(s)' reality switches before our eyes. In this book, you can see the brilliance that eventually lead to Philip K's madness, but you can also see his glaring insight into people and his terrific sense of humor. The first 150 pages of this …
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Dick is a great author
review by . August 26, 2009
We're coming into the home stretch, folks. You and I have gone through some of Philip K. Dick's best work, such as "Martian Time-Slip" and "Dr. Bloodmoney" and "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch ". There are only a few PKD novels left, and I've saved some of the best for last. Of "A Scanner Darkly", for instance, the author said "I believe it is a masterpiece. I believe it is the only masterpiece I will ever write." Wow.    In old usage, a "masterpiece" was a piece of work …
review by . November 09, 2008
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Jerry Fabin is covered in aphids. Or at least he thinks so, spending most of his time in the shower. His friend Charles Freck tries to help, but eventually must take Jerry to New-Path, a center to help addicts of Substance D (known as Death) come off the drug and adjust to life without intoxicants. Charles catches up with Donna Hawthorne, Bob Arctor's supposed girlfriend/dealer, scores some Substance D and falls in with Bob's crowd.     Bob Arctor lives with two roommates, Barris …
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