The richly mysterious, infinitely more terrifying other

by illimitableoceanofinexplicability

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If only I had a dollar for every time, you know what I’m sayin’?

There I am, sprawled out on the couch, under the sheltering branches of a gnarled old oak tree, up in the attic beside a window overlooking the now unused swing set of my child hood just reading, that’s it, just reading, and, without fail, some fuckhead comes along and asks “Whatcha readin’, Jack”? “Well, asshole” I says, “I am reading…” what ever it is I happen to be reading which most likely is really good, and you should read it, too. Anyway, seein’ as you’re gonna disturb me right when I’m gettin’ to the good part, I’m gonna just tell you right up front what I’m readin’ which will hopefully keep your gums from flappin’ until I get to the ending.

I picked up this baby in one of those spinning racks filled with unknown treasures backed in paper just waiting patiently for someone such as myself to take it home. They all do their best to stand out with half clothed women (and men) horrible looking creatures red eyed and sharp toothed, sword wielding heroes, malevolent robots, and all manner of other things you just have to find out about by reading the words the pictures are promising. This book looked kind of dark and it promised in words to be a “MIND-ASSAULTING ADVENTURE IN AN UNKNOWN WORLD”. For god’s sake! Call me crazy but I love a good mind assault now and again, and unknown worlds? Shit, I dig unknown worlds, motherfucker. Who doesn’t? No one worth a damn. That’s what humans are always striving for, don’t you know, the unknown worlds! Anyway, A Maze of Death is A-mazing! I wouldn’t bullshit you. Hell, Phil Dick was all cranked up on speed when he wrote this, sweating it out in some shed out there in California. What more do you need to convince you? Geeez!

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mazeFront Cover

Scary Castle protected by dark force field. That’s my guess.

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maze1Back Cover

Jesus, fuck! Did you read the blurb? It’s brilliant!

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Fourteen earthly exiles

on an island in boundless space.

Fourteen victims of a

murderous power. Is this nameless

menace the product of their

own darkest imaginings-or some

richly mysterious, infinitely

more terrifying other?

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I’m stealing that “richly mysterious, infinitely more terrifying other”. You’ll be seeing a lot of that, thanks copywriter guy, whoever you are.

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maze2First Page

Here they’re still trying their damnedest to convince you to buy this thing.

C’mon, man, Philip K. Dick isn’t mucking about he’s writing serious stuff, and he’s dedicated, this isn’t some damn pastime for him!

All I have to say is, if the front and back covers didn’t convince you already, you must be dead inside.

Oh, and check out the note someone wrote about the new author and his book “Neromanzer”. Wonder if he ever read it?

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