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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-2018

A summary without a thesis

This book is recommended as a summary of the current thinking on dinosaurs organised around a timeline of their time in Earth. Beyond this it, it had very little to say. Unlike the Robert Bakker book of the 1980s, it advanced no interesting new thesis. Furthermore, it was peppered with pastiche descriptions of characters from paleontology that made me cringe. By the end, it had undermined my interest in dinosaurs, since it indicated no current debates and read like an apologia for a discipline that had slipped into dullness

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2018

Familiar elements but less sustained

The story has many of my favorite PKD elements, including a post apocalyptic and depopulated world, psionic talents, aliens from within the solar system, and questions of reality. However, unlike most other titles with these elements, it seemed to provide canned answers, rather than sustained disorientation

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-2018

Android or human?

A prequel to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep that manages to write Philip K Dick into the timeline be reference to my favorite short story Nanny

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

Read Confessions of a Crap Artist first

While it shares the setting and many concerns of Confessions of a Crap Artist, I did not find it as compelling

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-2018

An enjoyable time travel story

As an early PKD novel, there was less of the dazzling inventiveness, but the time travel narrative was plotted very well.

The sociology of the world reminds me of Ursula Le Guin

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-2017

Several proto novels in this collection

This collection is easy to recommend to PKD fans. Not only does it contain the excellent Minority Report, it also contains early versions of Simulacra, UBIK, and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2017

PKD hits his stride

I really enjoyed the later stories in this collection. Pay the Printer is a great, but there is also a good measure of intrigue and twists in many of the stories

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-2017

A mixed bag

I loved The Second Variety and The trouble with Bubbles, but there was a definite pattern too many of the stories

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-2017

Very Murakami in tone

These are great gentle moments of Murakami, and perfectly capture one of the elements that I enjoy most in his writing, namely the simple matter of fact feelings that compose much of being a man away from the corrosive effects of machismo

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-2017

Early stories show the development of PKD

There are many interesting stories in the collection. Even when they are less than perfectly executed they already have the beginnings of the authors approach

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