Search Results: "Philip K. Howard"


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THE RULE OF NOBODY by Philip K. Howard
NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2014

"Some may find the diagnosis persuasive, but the cures proposed may worsen long-standing inequities."
A blast against dysfunctional government, which Howard (Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Accountability in America, 2010, etc.) calls "a form of tyranny." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Howard says is needed to reform our regulatory system."
Attorney Howard makes an obvious but important point by decrying a system of governmental regulations whose complexity and detail often cause more harm than good; but his solutions are vague and quixotic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"Among the recent plethora of commentaries and reminiscences about the American century, Smith's is a standout."
From eminent journalist Smith, an intimate, wistful, eloquently narrated, and wry look back at the 20th century, and at his own extraordinary life. Read full book review >

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MARY AND THE GIANT by Philip K. Dick
Released: April 28, 1987

"It's a pity it took 30 years for his novel to see the light of day."
Another—and perhaps the best—of the late Dick's heretofore unpublished mainstream novels: the simple, searing tale of a small-town girl trying to battle her way out of a straitjacketed existence. Read full book review >

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FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1973

"As confusing as it sounds, but nonetheless intriguing."
The pace is furious, the plotting tortuous in this tale of a famous TV. performer who wakes up one day in a dingy hotel room to find that no one remembers him. Read full book review >

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VOICES FROM THE STREET by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"An overwritten and too-long period piece that serves as a reminder of just how strange the '50s could be."
Far from the cyberpunk razzmatazz that earned Dick fame (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,1968, etc.), this heretofore unpublished 1953 novel is an apprentice work of social realism. Read full book review >

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Everywhere That Tommy Goes by Howard K. Pollack
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 2014

"A self-aware psychological thriller that has great fun playing with reader expectations."
After a Queens man witnesses his new friend committing murder, he faces a possible frame-up in Pollack's debut thriller. Read full book review >

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THE ZAP GUN by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1985

"The ironic tone helps a little—but all in all this is a thin, sluggish, and chat-heavy nonentity: for fans only."
A hardworking but meandering and mercilessly padded yam, with previous appearances as a serial (1965-66) and a mass-market paperback (1967). Read full book review >

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RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH by Philip K. Dick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 1985

"Well-constructed, absorbing at first, later somberly single-minded: a bleak and utterly depressing statement."
This unpublished (c. 1976) semi-autobiographical novel, like The Divine Invasion (1981) and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982), presents Dick (1928-82) in his latter-day role as a religious explicator; and formulates, in science-fictional guise, his notions on the identity and purpose of God—all set against the familiar Dick backdrop of creeping fascism, thought control and governmental paranoia. Read full book review >

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PUTTERING ABOUT IN A SMALL LAND by Philip K. Dick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1985

"Its strongest appeal in 1985 is likely to be its sketchy but memorable re-creation of the real ambiance of the war and postwar years—an era that popular myth has already eroded into a series of 'Happy Days' clich‚s."
The diffidence of the title is appropriate: this is a subtle, minimalist portrait of two American couples circa 1953 by the late Dick—a writer best known for his sardonic, pyrotechnic science fiction. Read full book review >

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Released: March 22, 1968

"Even electric sheep could find greener pastures."
Mr. Dick's hero Deckard lives in a dying world where animals are a status symbol; you can dial an emotion to fit a mood and the Voigt-Kampff test for telling an android from its human counterpart appears to have become fallible. Read full book review >

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UBIK by Philip K. Dick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 1969

"Excedrin headache number 99."
Another of Mr. Dick's staggeringly complex futuramas in which a group of "anti-talents" (they negate telepathic and precognitive abilities) are caught up in an explosion, slowly taken back in time to 1939 and spend an amazing amount of energy trying to figure out if they're alive or dead and/or if there is a clever saboteur in their midst. Read full book review >