[Novel] A Scanner Darkly (Philip K. Dick)

A Scanner Darkly

A science fiction equivalent of a cop drama where an inside investigator gets so fucked up on drugs the hemispheres of his brain separate and he fails to realize he has started investigating himself.

A work worthy of Philip K. Dick that besides being a thrilling mind-screwing ride by itself also teaches one or two things about drug use (allegedly, Dick based it all on his own experiences with various substances).

Positive: Negative:
Crisp, flowing prose and very natural-sounding dialogue The plot is so full of hallucinations and disjointed events it’s very hard to keep up
Interesting, futuristic setting Doesn’t exactly end with a bang
Interesting, likable, quirky characters
Fascinating story that keeps screwing with your mind
Thought-provoking and enlightening about drug use


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