September 14th, 2006

Relax!  Grab a Book!

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  1. Dick, Philip K. — A Scanner Darkly

I was hoping to report that I had finished both the book and the movie. Alas, though, my computer's been out of commission all day, so my download didn't finish. I'll watch the movie either tonight or tomorrow.

One of my friends (I don't remember which of you) summed up all of Dick's œuvre as paranoid fiction. There's always someone out to get everyone, some grand conspiracy. My second Dick novel seems to confirm this idea. A Scanner Darkly is about nothing if not about paranoia. Hell, just reading it made me more paranoid. (I think it's no small coincidence that I haven't been on time for anything since I started reading A Scanner Darkly. Someone's out to get me!)

I enjoyed reading A Scanner Darkly — perhaps not as much as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but they're both thought-provoking novels. Or is it thought-undermining? I'm not quite sure. I spent part of the novel trying to figure out who the good and bad guys were, who could be trusted, only to find out that at least the bad guys were reliably bad but the good guys couldn't be trusted. Or there are neither good guys nor bad guys, just people who make choices. Fittingly for a novel about drug abuse, this was quite a trip!</p.