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Salad for Two: 09/15/08
Have I told you how much I hate the flu? I'm trying to write this review with a fever of 101° F. I hope the review of "Salad for Two" by Robert Reed turns out coherent. Let me just stay this: I enjoyed it. I am rapidly becoming a Robert Reed fangirl.
The tone and basic plot of "Salad for Two" reminds me a great deal of Philip K. Dick. The story narrated by Gillian, a grocery store clerk who befriends a wealthy man from a high tech firm. On her very last day of work before college he gives her a gift and a prediction for the future: "I'll come for you after the machines take over." (p. 142).
Jason Popper's prediction sets into motion a series of small events that ultimately make Gillian question her memory and seek the truth behind his "salad for two."
Since I mentioned Philip K Dick, I would say the two novels I am most reminded of are Ubik and A Scanner Darkly. Except that Reed's story for all of it's questioning of reality is too coherent to be pure PKD; it's more like PKD-lite.
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