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On Mars, the harsh climate could make any colonist turn to drugs to escape a dead-end existence. Especially when the drug is Can-D, which transports its users into the idyllic world of a Barbie-esque character named Perky Pat. When the mysterious Palmer Eldritch arrives with a new drug called Chew-Z, he offers a more addictive experience, one that might bring the user closer to God. But in a world where everyone is tripping, no promises can be taken at face value.
This Nebula Award nominee is one of Philip K. Dick's enduring classics, at once a deep character study, a dark mystery, and a tightrope walk along the edge of reality and illusion.
©1964 Philip K. Dick (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Jerry Witt on 12-20-15

Fantastic and current

This may be the best book I've read in a decade.

Fifty years later and this book remains as insightful as ever. PKD delves into consumerism, virtual reality, and drug flashbacks before there were words to describe these things. His meditations on religion and the nature of a supreme being resonate today.

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By Byron Diel on 10-12-17

One of PKD's finest.

Stigmata is absolute genius. Of the pre 03/74 novels, it is one of the most reality warping, and simultaneously one of the wittiest, deepest, and most entertaining. As essential as Ubik to an understanding of the Dickian Canon.

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By Paul Inbj on 01-19-17

after this, I'm a reader who become a book

great listen. I also read the book in-between listens, still didn't understand it. but, it didn't stop me enjoying it.

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By Connor on 07-05-17

What a fantastic novel

This novel created so much thought about consciousness and reality. Definitely worth a close read.

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By Amazon Customer on 04-29-16

magnificent homage to H.P Lovecraft

Great narration

The story is already starting to move into the direction of Valis with a deep undercurrent of Gnostic mysticism

Feels very topical with the elements of global warming and solipsistic retreat into virtual reality

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