Phil Dick's foray into alternate history, with an alternate within an alternate twist. What happened when the US lost WWII? The Nazis and Imperial Japan split the US between them. Dick's usual mind-bending goes on here, and he makes a very strong case for the utility of the 'world as myth' concept.
Several years ago, having read and reviewed THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER (Vintage Books, 1991), I decided to check out this book which won a Hugo Award and was widely considered to be Dick's best (during his lifetime, at least). The setting and denouement of HIGH CASTLE are wonderfully original, but the twenty year distance between the two books is all too evident. Dick's writing improved tremendously over that span, leaving the feeling that a terrific idea was somewhat wasted on his inexperienced … more