A Maze of Death

  • by Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by Benjamin L. Darcie
  • 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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- Darwin8u

Lots of Mind Blowing Ideas - All in One Book

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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.

8.97 / 10.00

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- Niels J. Rasmussen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-16-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio