The King of the Elves is the opening installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, expanded from the previous Collected Stories set to incorporate new story notes, and two added tales, one previously unpublished, and one uncollected. This generous collection contains 22 stories and novellas including Dick's first published story, "Beyond Lies the Wub," together with such landmark tales as "The Preserving Machine," in which an attempt to preserve our fragile cultural heritage takes an unexpected turn, The Variable Man, a brilliantly imagined novella encompassing war, time travel, and the varied uses of technology, and the title story, in which Shadrach Jones, owner of a dilapidated gas station in Colorado, stumbles into an ongoing war between trolls and elves, and encounters a fantastic - and utterly unexpected - destiny. Like the best of Dick's novels, these stories offer a wide variety of narrative and intellectual pleasures, and provide an ideal introduction to one of the singular imaginations of the modern era.
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By Daniel Crowley on 07-03-18
I'm sorry to say that the quality of this collection is very poor. It certainly wasn't made for digital format, and is about as useful as a cassette tape. There is no gap between many of the chapters, so you will end up halfway through another story before you realise.
Some of the short stories are great, other not so much. Philip K Dick has great stories.
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By Renee Tang on 18-04-17
I loved Volume 1 and look forward to completing the rest of the series. Mr. Dick was a visionary. For the most part, I liked the narrator but sometimes the men's "voices" sounded a bit stilted.
I wished Audible listed the title for each chapter in the Table of Contents. I created my own, as listed below for Volume 1.
Volume 1: The King of Elves
1. Stability (1987)
2. Roog (1953)
3. The Little Movement (1952)
4. Beyond Lies the Wub (1952)
5. The Gun (1952)
6. The Skull (1952)
7. The Defenders (1953)
8. Mr. Spaceship (1953)
9. Piper in the Woods (1953)
10. The Infinites (1953)
11. The Preserving Machine [Doc Labyrinth series] (1953), part 1
12. The Preserving Machine [Doc Labyrinth series] (1953), part 2
13. Expendable (1953)
14. The Variable Man (1953), part 1
15. The Variable Man (1953), part 2
16. The Indefatigable Frog (1953)
17. The Crystal Crypt (1954)
18. The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford [Doc Labyrinth series] (1954)
19. The Builder (1954)
20. Meddler (1954)
21. Paycheck (1953)
22. The Great C (1953)
23. Out in the Garden (1953)
24. The King of the Elves (1953)
25. Colony (1953)
26. Prize Ship (1954)
27. Nanny (1955)
28. Notes, part 1
29. Notes, part 2
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By Johnstan on 19-12-17
I'll just get it out in the open. The stories run together as if they do not end. The narration is very good. The narrator seamlessly voices character of difference sex, age, and species (because it is PKD) with skill and feeling. But the stories are ran together with no discernable break. The stories themselves are gold. It could have used a little more careful production.
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