In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, I placed an order with amazon.ca. A day later, my books arrived. The Pocket Essential Philip K Dick by Andrew M. Butler, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, by Philip K. Dick, and A Companion to Science Fiction, edited by David Seed.
I really didn’t know much about Butler’s book before ordering it, but it does look interesting. Butler covers each of Dick’s novels in chronological order. Although listed by their published names, Butler includes any working titles, the dates associated with the writing and editing of the works, and where it was originally published. In covering the stories he provides a brief synopsis, what other Dickian works it draws upon, any Dickian archetypal characters it uses, a list of recurring ideas in the work, as well as a brief note on subtextual items. Each entry is then finished with a rating out of five. A few of Dick’s more well known short stories are also reviewed. It looks to be a useful book for cross-referencing themes between Dick’s novels. The Pocket Essential Philip K. Dick isn’t exactly what I was expecting, but looks to be worthwhile.
I’ll review Seed’s companion at a later time, once I’ve had a chance to review it in detail.