The Cosmic Puppets

The Cosmic Puppets

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2006
ISBN: 9780575076709
0575076704
Branch Call Number: SCIFI DICK...P
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 20 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York: Ace, 1957; London: Panther, 1985

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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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