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  1. On Wednesday I found myself at a party (an occurrence itself worthy of remark) at which everyone wore "I'm currently reading" stickers, so I had several opportunities to explain why I was loving The Man in the High Castle. One such conversation went like this:"So what's that about?""Well, it's scifi. Or rather speculative fiction.""Er, hm. No. I don't do scifi.""But it's got Nazis!""Oh my god I love Nazis!"Another conversation involved me explaining to a white guy how interesting I (a half-Japan [...]

  2. [Original review, Feb 22 2016]DISCLAIMER: It would evidently be irresponsible to call Donald Trump a Nazi merely on the strength of a recent speech in which he suggested it would be desirable to shoot Muslims using bullets dipped in pig's blood. A more plausible interpretation is that this is no more than the result of dispassionately calculating that the upside in terms of increasing his attractiveness to the ignorant racist demographic is larger than the downside in terms of decreasing his app [...]

  3. 3.5Scientifically and politically, this is absolute genius. The way Philip K. Dick masterfully rewrites history and expertly portrays this alternate United States is quite incredible and I can easily see why the guy has such a huge following. That being said, this novel is what I would call "hard sci-fi", and though it is undeniably clever, I think what it lacks is a human touch. I found it hard to care about any of the mish-mash of characters, which for me means that I ultimately found it hard [...]

  4. Thank God, this is fiction, at least in our dimension!WELCOME TO 1962 It is impossible that ours is the only world; there must be world after world unseen by us, in some region or dimension that we simply do not perceive.This book is a frightening glimpse of how our world could been if the Axis Powers would have won the World War II.The Nazi Germany and the Imperial Japan won and they divided the planet between them. Even the United States is now divided with the East Coast dominated by Nazis an [...]

  5. Fans of Philip K. Dick and science fiction might be underwhelmed by The Man in the High Castle since, other than passing mention of cross- continent rocket-ship travel and a German exploration of Mars, there really isn’t any science or signature PKD craziness or large-scale action; rather, Dick’s 1962 book is alternative history, the aftermath in the United States after Germany and Japan win World War II and a novel of ideas. There are a number of crisscrossing plots, colorful main character [...]

  6. High-concept, low return what-if alternate history. The idea is interesting, if a little tired: what if the Axis won World War II and divvied up the world between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan? The answer is, not much, apparently. This new world order only really serves as a backdrop for Dick's slightly skewed storytelling, which jumps between the more interesting plot of a shadow conspiracy to nuke Japan, and a painfully tiresome tale of modern-day antiquing. Somewhere else in there is a poin [...]

  7. “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of history. They identify with God's power and believe they are godlike. That is their basic madness. They are overcome by some archtype; their egos have expanded psychotically so that they cannot tell where they begin and the godhead leaves off. It is not hubris, not pride; it is inflation of the ego to its ultimate — confusion between him who worships and that which is worshiped. Man has not eaten God; God has eaten man.” If Franklin Delano R [...]

  8. Philip K Dick was certainly a brilliant man and a gifted writer. His imagined dystopia of a world split between the victorious Reich and Imperial Japan is chilling and realistic. Ok, perhaps colonisation of Mars in 1962 is a bit of a stretch, but the depiction of San Francisco under the Japanese administration was excellent. His characters were vivid and lifelike. His villain was somewhat predicable, but still a fascinating one. The dystopia he describes - particularly the horrors of unbridled f [...]

  9. I think this book broke my brain.I mean, it's so many things tied up in a slim little volume - an alt-history "what if Germany and Japan had won the Second World War," a meditation on the inability to ever accurately try to reconstruct what-might-have-beens, one of the most interesting literary experiments I've ever read, a look at chance and fate in how the world unfolds, and a book that can definitely bend your sense of reality.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent [...]

  10. My preparedness for the regime change taking place in the United States--with elements of the Electoral College, the Kremlin and the FBI helping to install a failed business promoter who the majority of American voters did not support in the election--continues with The Man In the High Castle, the Hugo Award winning novel by Philip K. Dick published in 1962. Dick's sheer output and high concept hooks that can be reduced to three words--"Axis Won WWII"--have proved irresistible to film and televi [...]

  11. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, is classic, very good science fiction. It is the story of a segmented and defeated United States after the Axis powers won World War II. This alternate history actually began in the thirties as Roosevelt is described as having been assassinated. Taking a roving perspective amidst several characters and some loosely connected interwoven storylines, PKD explores a world where America is divided into three distin [...]

  12. the plot is simple enough: an alternate history detailing what would've happened had the axis powers won the second world war. thankfully, there's very little of that obvious government intrigue and new-world-order shit that lesser writers focus on -- rather, Dick's obsession is the spiritual life of the individual in a totalitarian society told in the form of a wonderfully messy jumble of ideas and ruminations on race and history and human connection and destiny. in fact, i think dick's ideas a [...]

  13. This book is complicated for me. I only cared about Juliana's story as an actual story. There were times where I was invested with Frank's tale, too, and Tagomi had his moments, but as a complete and cohesive novel, the overt tale wasn't anything special. Nothing much happened except the hint of an attempted coup, the beginnings of an attempted assassination of an author, and the near-tragedy of a jewelry maker.So what's all the fuss about? Why do people think this PKD is the bomb? Why did it ea [...]

  14. My favourite parallel universe story. Germany and Japan win World War II, and it has something to do with the I Ching. Much more controlled than the average Philip K Dick - for once, you don't feel that he threw it together in a few weeks to pay for his next batch of drugs. It is in fact quite poetic. Remarkable that no one has filmed it, considering that it's almost certainly his best novel and many others have become movies.___________________________________________The other day, there was a [...]

  15. Note, March 2, 2013: A recent comment on this review prompted me to reread it, and I discovered a typo --I'd accidentally omitted a key word in one sentence! So I've just edited it to correct that mistake.It has been said that Dick was the most skeptical writer in the history of science fiction towards the idea that the world of normal human perception actually reflects ultimate reality. After his thought and writing took a more Christian turn in the early 1970s (though he was always a professed [...]

  16. 2 stars.I was disappointed with this book; it ended up going nowhere. Perhaps there was simply too much “other stuff” besides the plot (like the Zen and Eastern mysticism) in it to make it a worthwhile read for me. It seemed like an overwhelmingly large number characters constantly consult the I Ching for guidance, which has no appeal to me whatsoever.Okay, speaking of plot, or lack thereof. The book takes place in Japanese-controlled western United States (The United States lost World War I [...]

  17. Hugo Award 1963.It’s a bit of a stretch to call this science fiction. Alternate history, Germany/Japan win WWII. Ahead of it’s time, probably. I’m currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, more science fiction. One interesting aspect of this novel was the inclusion of an alternate history novel inside the story line titled *The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, wherein the Allies win the war. Clever touch.*A novel published in 2015 borrows the title of Dick’s imagined novel. I unders [...]

  18. I loved this but I was a tiny bit let down by this.Only because i expected a different kind of story so it's maybe my fault.Sometimes the writing went a bit over my head though.I thought the different stories would connect more.

  19. "The grasshopper shall be a burden"-- The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick This is one of those weird, unsettling novels that spins your brain in six or seven different directions.I read this PKD masterpiece almost two months ago, but only just recently returned to review it because after finishing, I wasn't ready to review. After I read more of him, I realized that even when he is messy, strange, disjointed and sometimes yes >>touched<< Philip K Dick is one MuthaF'er that defi [...]

  20. When one is afraid of heights, and terrors are in the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along and desire fails; because all must go to their eternal home, and the mourners will go about the streets;-----------Ecclesiastes 12:5Welcome to your alternative nightmare.Let me set the canvas. Allies have lost the war. Japan and Nazis have divided up the fallen countries. Jews and other groups are still being hunted down. Slavery is legal again. Nazis have mastered space trave [...]

  21. Alternative history stories telling about the Nazis taking over the world are not uncommon, the possibilities are obviously horrifying and Dick did not shy away from this motif. So what then can an alternate history first published more than a half-century ago tell us about our present circumstances?Of course, when considered literally Dick’s fictitious tale has nothing to do with our present situation, but there is a threatening truth to his parable because we must remember that the German po [...]

  22. The Man in the High Castle (Includes review of new miniseries, Season 1 (10 episodes)Originally posted at Fantasy LiteratureWho would have thought that Philip K. Dick’s 1962 Hugo Winner about the Axis powers winning WWII would be brought to film, and not just as a single movie, but as a big-budget multi-season drama series from and produced by Ridley Scott. Stranger than fiction, as they say.I always have two questions for film adaptations: 1) How closely does it follow the book, and 2) How [...]

  23. Σε ένα εναλλακτικό μέλλον που τον 2ο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο τον έχουν κερδίσει οι Ναζί, τα πράγματα εξελίσσονται διαφορετικά. Βέβαια, έχουμε ένα σύμπαν δημιουργημένο από τον Φίλιπ Ντικ, άρα σίγουρα τα πράγματα είναι τελείως διαφορετικά από οποιαδήποτε πραγματικότητα! Όλες οι χώ [...]

  24. EXTRA! EXTRA! **16th November 2016: Just found the full book audio on YouTube, narrated by our favourite: George Guidall** RE-VISIT via miniseries. A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. Episode information is wiki sourced.Episode 1: "The New World":The series starts in 1962. The first episode follows the lives of three people: Joe Blake, a young man in the Greater Nazi Reich, who is later revealed to be an SS c [...]

  25. What would the world look like had the Axis powers won World War II? This is the question on which lays almost the entire foundation of alternative history, as this is probably its most common hypothetical - and The Man in the High Castle is one of its more famous examples.In The Man in the High Castle president Roosevelt is assassinated, which leads to him being succeeded by governments embracing traditional American isolationism - which not only keep the country largely out of World War 2, but [...]

  26. Este libro me tiene en un conflicto constante.Se me ha hecho eterno, denso, no he conseguido meterme en la historia en ningún momento pero por otro lado, tiene ideas tan increíbles y me ha hecho recapacitar sobre tantas cosas Me ha encantado el final, las realidades paralelas, la reflexión que hace sobre el arte En conclusión, la lectura no la he disfrutado mucho pero me ha dado bastante que pensar, y no se le puede pedir nada mejor a un libro.

  27. *Read from LOA's Four Novels of the 1960s edition*“On some other world, possibly it is different. Better. There are clear good and evil alternatives. Not these obscure admixtures, these blends, with no proper tool by which to untangle the components.”― Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle I vividly recall instances of a 12-year-old me posing theories to my peers -and they to me -as to what the world would look like had the Axis powers won WW II. What was the impetus? Well, after seei [...]

  28. I'm going to be honest, I'm not really sure what I think of this book.There was like this weird interconnected plotline between all the characters, but I don't think it was even really relevant to anything. Japan and Germany won World War II. America has these little hold out places and The Man in the High Castle wrote an alternative history book where America and Great Britain won the war instead. Then you have this whole antique collection angle and people schemeing to reignite wars. I just ha [...]

  29. Philip K. Dick outsmarted me. Not so hard to do. I just wasn’t expecting it. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, one of his other great novels (and the only other I’ve read thus far) was written in a straightforward manner, for the most part. Excepting a couple of areas, the plot was easy to follow and the meaning clear. In High Castle, I had expected something similar: smart writing behind another brilliant premise, and an inherent message that I understood. Not so much.Midway through The [...]

  30. I consulted the I-Ching oracle and it said :"Feed the pigeons while they're alive. No blame. No praise"I'm quite sure this indicated I'd better quit reading TMITHC. because it has nothing of worth to offer me at this moment of my life.

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