It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.
I just finished Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle last night and it’s really one of the most enjoyable, bizarre and interesting books I’ve ever read. It’s definitely up there with my favourite novel If on a winter’s night a traveler. I somehow discovered it through the comedian Patton Oswalt whose stand up I’ve recently been listening to and it’s definitely an influence on LOST, Fringe and Inglorious Basterds so if you like any of those things you should definitely check it out.
Also I love all these oddball covers, some of them are just insane.