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Bethany [userpic]

It's that time again... discussion post! Hopefully at least some of you got a chance to finish up October's book, VALIS by Philip K. Dick.



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Keep discussion of this book in the comments to this post. Obviously comments are going to contain spoilers for the entire book; they'll probably also have spoilers through all of the aired episode (5.16 "The Incident") but please do not include any spoilers from upcoming episodes in your comments (or if you do, be sure they are well marked/blacked out/whited out/etc. etc.).

Bethany [userpic]

Hey guys, just a reminder that this month's book is Philip K. Dick's VALIS. If you haven't read it yet, it's about time to start scrounging up a copy. I have yet to start on it (swinging by the library this afternoon, hopefully), but I went on a bit of a PKD binge over the summer so am rather excited to finally check this one out. Hopefully you'll all get a chance to read it over the next few weeks, and then we'll have a discussion post at the end of the month to muse over its relevance to Lost.



Title: VALIS
Author: Philip K. Dick
Year Published: 1981
Plot Summary: [via Amazon.com] The proponent of the novel, Horselover Fat, is thrust into a theological quest when he receives communion in a burst of pink laser light. From the cancer ward of a bay area hospital to the ranch of a fraudulent charismatic religious figure who turns out to have a direct com link with God, Dick leads us down the twisted paths of Gnostic belief, mixed with his own bizarre and compelling philosophy. Truly an eye opening look at the nature of consciousness and divinity.
First Appearance on LOST: 4.04 Eggtown, [via Lostpedia] John Locke selected VALIS for Ben to read from his own bookshelf. Locke gave it to him while he was imprisoned in the basement of his own house in the Barracks. Upon receiving the book, Ben said flatly, "I've already read it." Locke responded sarcastically, "You might catch something you missed the second time around."
Coming Up Next: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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