THE OWL IN DAYLIGHT by Tessa B. Dick

Book Quote:

“When Tony arrived home on Wednesday afternoon, wistfully daydreaming about Lorelei, instead of a little stucco house he found himself standing in front of a stone temple with statues of grotesque gargoyles standing on either side of the entrance, a double door made of iron that refused to open when he pushed and pulled on it. This turn of events did not surprise him, since he had found some sort of punishment was always imposed on him whenever he made an unethical choice. There was the battlefield in Korea, and there was the iron prison in Rome, and he even had a dim memory of gazing into the pit of hell. Yet he could not help believing that he was meant to be with Lorelei, that his real mistake had been marrying Candy. ”

Book Review:

Review by Ann Wilkes (OCT 23, 2009)

Philip K. Dick fans will recognize his unique flavor in The Owl in Daylight, written by his widow, Tessa Dick, but not his writing style. Philip Dick’s novel, Valis, set forth his imaginings of a hidden reality in which Rome never fell, but continued in a subliminal state beneath what we believe to be reality. Tessa Dick calls upon that theme. The prose in The Owl in Daylight is lighter and you’ll find more flights of fancy and fewer references to archeological finds and actual history. She has, however, succeeded in writing a touching tribute to Dick.

It’s a bit like Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups. The devices used—alien mind control, and divine communication—though unorthodox, show man’s struggle with sin, regret and the prisons he makes for himself. These prisons parallel Dick’s iron-barred Roman cages of the hidden “reality.”

Arthur Grimley writes and mixes scores for horror flicks. He longs for greater meaning, but takes his work very seriously. He blacks out on the way to his car after work and wakes up in the hospital. Throughout his recovery from what the doctors believe is a tumor, Arthur experiences strange intrusions from another realm as aliens manipulate him and have him relive the past in his mind. They send him on a strange choose-your-own-adventure of sorts as they try to measure his responses. The alien slugs (yes, slugs) get bored with their assignment and want to use what fodder they have from Arthur’s meanderings for a low-budget horror flick of their own. Arthur’s manipulation continues at the hands of more powerful beings.

The lines between what is real and what isn’t are blurred – or are there two realities? Ultimately, Art learns more about himself and finds a modicum of peace in spite of the alternately nightmarish and absurd trips he takes in his head.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-5-0from 4 readers
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace (January 8, 2009)
REVIEWER: Ann Wilkes
AMAZON PAGE: The Owl in Daylight
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Tessa B. Dick blog
EXTRAS: Another review of The Owl in Daylight

An interview with Tessa B. Dick

MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: P.K.D. books reviewed on MF:

Philip K. Dick

And some more reality bending fiction:

The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

The Quantum July by Ron King

The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks

Bibliography:


October 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Posted in: Scifi, Speculative (Beyond Reality)

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