Sometimes you read something and you really have to let it digest before you decide whether you enjoyed it or not, Beyond Lies the Wub was just that for me.
Again a short story from the nights of our camping trip, but it required two readings. Not because it is confusing, but because I had to see if I missed something deeper than what it appeared. No, it was what I read, every word of it.
The Wub is basically a pig, a large lazy philosophical space pig who joins the crew of a space liner on a journey of inner enlightenment. The story never gets exciting, or high paced, it is the slow-moving grandfather on his way to renew his license that he shouldn’t even have at 108 years of age.
In retrospect the book could have been written no better, the story is what it is and Philip K. Dick wrote the story as well as any one could, but does the story hold up on its merit, I still don’t know. Maybe it is the concept of a pig that may have written the Nicomachean Ethics: Space Swine Edition, or maybe it was the fact that my mind is having difficulty wrapping around the more broad concept that even masters of writing can write a flub, maybe that is The Wub.
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