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The Man in the High Castle

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Setting the Standard for the Genre

I don't like alternate history stories, dating back, I think, to when I was a kid and I read those stupid 'What If...' issues published by Marvel Comics. (You know, 'What If Peter Parker hadn't been bitten by the radioactive spider...,''What If Daredevil wasn't blind.....
I don't like alternate history stories, dating back, I think, to when I was a kid and I read those stupid 'What If...' issues published by Marvel Comics. (You know, 'What If Peter Parker hadn't been bitten by the radioactive spider...,''What If Daredevil wasn't blind...,''What If Wolverine shaved his sideburns...,' etc.) The Man in the High Castle, however, was excellent, setting the bar for the genre. The premise is intriguing: suppose an assassination attempt had claimed the life of FDR during his first term as president. As a result, America never fully recovered from the Great Depression, and was unable to arm herself sufficiently to turn the tide of WWII. As a result, the Axis powers were victorious, and occupied a divided United States after the war. Dick ties together his diverse cast of characters with a common fascination with 'The Grasshopper Lies Heavy,' an alternative history book that suggests the Allies would have won the war had FDR lived. Dick's central theme through most of his work has always been the nature of reality and perception, and this book is no exception. This is not a book to skim through for the major plot points -- the plot is actually the least compelling reason to read it. Savor the meditative and philosophical prose instead, and enjoy one of the genre's finest authors in his prime.

posted by Anonymous on October 27, 2006

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This was one of the worse books I have ever read.  It made no se

This was one of the worse books I have ever read.  It made no sense, it was poorly written and pointless.  The concept was so good but the product was pointless and I was angry that I had wasted my time reading this.

posted by ascendant on May 1, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    This was one of the worse books I have ever read.  It made no se

    This was one of the worse books I have ever read.  It made no sense, it was poorly written and pointless.  The concept was so good but the product was pointless and I was angry that I had wasted my time reading this.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2013

    What junk!

    I saw this author was highly regarded, but I hope his other works were better than this. No plot, a bunch of rambling diatribes and unlikeable characters...If you're on drugs and read this you may just stop using, thinking your mind is mush.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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