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Book 2 of Philip K Dick's VALIS Trilogy (Gnostic Trilogy [God Trilogy]), 'The Divine Invasion' is a funky PKDesque exploration of good and evil, God and Belial, gnostic truth, etc. In this short novel, Emmanuel (God) is smuggled back to Earth via the womb of a Jewish woman with MS. She is accompanied by Herb Asher, a DJ protagonist of sorts (Jesus as a DJ's son) who marries Rybys (read Mary) to assist getting her and her unborn God-baby smuggled safely to Earth, and Elias (Elijah) the one who prepares the way. They have to get past Cardinal Fulton Statler Harms, Chief Prelate of the Christian Islamic Church (C.I.C.) and their counterpoint - the Scientific Legate (S.L.) and all the rest of Satan's bureaucracy.
As science fiction, the Divine Invasion is so far left of funky that it isn't on the map. It is definitely NOT what your typical teenage, pimply reader would expect from pulp Sci Fi. But in many ways it is messy genius. Well, maybe genius after a psychic break, and way too much religious exploration and hit after hit after hit of LSD. IT is weird, off beat and leaves you the reader in a trippy religious, dream-like, loop.
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Dick is one of my favorite writers, but the divine trilogy books are so strange. The plot seems secondary to the sense of the profound. If you are a P.K. Dick fan go for it, if not, well... good luck.
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Would you try another book written by Philip K. Dick or narrated by Dick Hill?
Yes. I like Dick and the performance was ok. This was a poor book though.
What was most disappointing about Philip K. Dick’s story?
The ending. It ends far too soon, I felt there was about a quarter of the book left. Dick's books can do this but it's always frustrating.
What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?
Nothing was that inspiring.
Did The Divine Invasion inspire you to do anything?
It inspired me to not get the third in the Valis series.