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A Maze of Death

By: Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
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Delmak-O is a dangerous planet. Though there are only 14 citizens, no one can trust anyone else and death can strike at any moment. The planet is vast and largely unexplored, populated mostly by gelatinous cube-shaped beings that give cryptic advice in the form of anagrams. Deities can be spoken to directly via a series of prayer amplifiers and transmitters, but they may not be happy about it. And the mysterious building in the distance draws all the colonists to it, but when they get there each sees a different motto on the front. The mystery of this structure and the secrets contained within drive this mind-bending novel.

©1970 Philip K. Dick (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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JJ Abrams YOU are a book thief.

The beginning of Dick's later God novels, but still predating his 2-3-74 pink beam episode and his later VALIS Trilogy (Gnostic Trilogy [God Trilogy]), 'A Maze of Death' is a philosophical SF novel that explores the nature of God, religion, and the way we as both individuals and a society try to deal with the various levels of reality and the inevitability of death.

Reading this, it was hard not to see huge chunks of this novel that were cribbed by LOST (good tv borrows, great tv steals). The marooned crew, experiments, theological mash-ups, insanity, dream-like fugues, paranoia, etc., all float around in the same dreamy, frenzied universe as LOST. JJ Abrams you are a book thief.

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Lots of Mind Blowing Ideas - All in One Book

Any additional comments?

The problem with MUCH of Philip K. Dick's stories is the fact that, although he manages to come up with some truly original, fascinating premises for each, they never seem to have a satisfying ending.

I have mixed feelings toward how he chose to end this novel - but - the overall experience while listening to it was SO fantastic that I HAD TO give it a full 5 stars. Philip K. Dick is pretty well known for coming up with some REALLY weird ideas for each of his stories, but out of all that I know of his work, THIS book takes the cake in complete insanity.

Some of the ideas and imagery from within this book as so utterly original and mind-blowing, I would really enjoy actually giving this book a second listen.

Considering that this book is selling on Audible for less than ten bucks, I would say that it would be a shame if you didn't pick this one up. Great overall listen.

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WELCOME TO DELMAK-O!

Welcome to planet Delmak-O where danger and confusion lurk
behind every corner and reality is constantly shifting out from under you! Science Fiction Grand Master Philip K. Dick guides you on a surreal trip down the rabbit hole as 14 eccentric characters find themselves the sole colonists assigned to a fledgling outpost on Delmak-O, a strange and hostile planet inhabited by mechanical bugs, gelatinous tenches that answer questions based on the I Ching, and a sinister building which appears different to everyone who approaches. Offbeat god-figures manifest at various times to help and advise to the settlers. Death stalks the colonists as one by one they are killed off by each other or mysterious unknown forces. By way of a forward to the book, PKD acknowledges that this work found inspiration in LSD experiments and his interest in Eastern religion. This is an enjoyable listen for those who appreciate science fiction which explores metaphysical and surreal themes. The narrator does a good job with the various voices, male and female alike.

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Very nice

This is my third time through the book. I’ve read it once and this is my second time to listen to it.

This book is better than I remembered it being. It stands up to multiple reading/listening. I recommend it.

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Excellent book!

Great story from Philip Dick. The characters are interesting, the plot entrancing and the mythology behind it is great, comparable to great works, like Vance’s Dying Earth.
Highly recommend it, finished it in two days.

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I'm not sure I got the maze.

I enjoy Dick's stories a lot, and the twists at the end are usually the kind that make you gasp and tell your friends. But this story left me lacking. The deaths started fairly quickly but lacked reason or motivation. Even at the end when all is explained it left me lacking as to real motive. The reading/performance was done well despite the total number of characters. I hope other listeners get a better sense of the theme beneath the theme that I seemed to have missed.

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Another great PKD mindbender

This is another great PKD mindbender. It’s a little short but PKD generally strayed from the especially long-form stuff.

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What is reality?

A Maze of Death by Philip K Dick is a tale about examining reality. A group of colonists end up on a world that doesn't make sense. Once they arrive, they are supposed to learn their mission, but things go awry. There are unusual artificial creatures as well as a mysterious building, that appears different to each colonist. In addition, there is a 'creature' that appears to duplicate items, but also answer questions in a cryptic manner. Eventually, the colonists begin dying and/or killing each in what they believe is a sinister experiment where they are the guinea pigs. The big reveal at the end further questions the notion of reality.

Dick posits a future where space travel is somewhat routine, but still in the early stages colonization. Specialists of all types are exploring various worlds. At the same time, this future has a variant religion that is quite pervasive consisting of several elements some of which can walk around and interact with humans.Finally, the sophistication of virtual reality (although not referred by Dick as such), leads to the questioning of where reality begins and ends.

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one of pkd's best

this ultimate bad LSD trip delivers fresh insights into Dick's obsession with reality and pseudo-reality.

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Makes no sense, until the end

Most of this story makes no sense, and even gets a little boring, until the last few chapters. However those last chapters are incredible and pull everything together. It’s worth a listen just for that.

The narration was well done.

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Interesting ideas, lacking some depth of characters.

Don't get me wrong, this is an interesting read (listen). The plot is quirky and unpredictable and attempts to address some interesting topics. I found the characters a little shallow and superficial and found that I didn't really care if they lived or died. Narration is good. I could see this translating well into film - in fact it probably has. I suspect Red Dwarf (UK TV SCI-FI sir com) may have drawn inspiration from here too. On the whole a recommended read but could be a bit better.

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  • 11-03-16

I preferred Ubik

There is a lot of common ground between the two, but I prefer Ubik. Between Ubik and this book, the religious elements of Philip Dick's become much more overt.