I skimmed over my reviews here and decided to pick one of my favorite books (science-fiction or otherwise), Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.
As for why I picked it, there are a couple of reasons. One is that while I read a lot, I don’t often go back and re-read many books. There has to be something special to make me read a book again. Man in the High Castle is one of those books that I can read and then immediately want to read again. It’s a fascinating story that looks at what might have happened if the United States was defeated in the second World War. The iChing figures heavily into this story and according to what I read on-line, Dick used the iChing at several points to figure out where the story would go next.
A lot of people have probably heard of Philip K. Dick because of the myriad of movies made from his stories and novels. Some of them come closer than others to capturing the true tone and spirit of Dick’s writing. If you’ve seen any of the movies, you may be curious to read something by Dick. This novel, along with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep are good starting points. They feature a lot of the typical themes of a Dick story, but aren’t as dense and full of paranoia as many of his later works.
So, that’s my reason for picking this as my review for this meme. It’s one of my favorite books and I hope to help people discover or re-discover it.