The Cosmic Puppets

The Cosmic Puppets

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Ted Barton returns to his hometown of Millgate, Virginia, and is horrified when he discovers his own obituary in an old newspaper, finds himself unable to escape the town, and becomes caught in the middle of the eternal struggle between good and evil. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9781400030057
Characteristics: 143 p. ; 21 cm

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jun 13, 2017

This is the sort of fiction that I greatly enjoy, even if I do not find it quite remarkable. In a lot of ways it reminds me of Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone," but lacking in some of the depth of that great sci-fi anthology series. Phlip K. Dick's prose, however, is sparse and lucid, and it makes for an enjoyably quick read. I finished this one in a bit less less than a day. It was a fun read, but there's not much to hold on to when it's over. This book lacks the philosophical punch of Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," but is perhaps more fun to read than that book from an adventure sci-fi sort of viewpoint anyway. I would be more likely to read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" again, however. If you enjoy stories in the vein of "The Twilight Zone" (I'm particularly reminded of the episode "It's a Good Life" where a little boy with psychic powers has control of an entire town), then check this book out.


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