Generally PKD's plots are not simple, in Valis the complexity of Dick's mind reaches its apex. Why then you should suppose that Valis in an unreadable piece of junk. Surely it is not.
It's a very complex, intimate novel, with Philip K. Dick searching for himself, masked as Horselover Fat. A difficult reading, that probably deserves a try.
Valis is not a typical science fiction novel. The story is very simple: a small group of people in California in the late seventies discusses about God, destiny, time and the meaning of the evil.
One of the members is Horselover Fat, under treatment from a nervous wreck that followed an enlightenment from a pink ray in 1974 by an entity he calls "Valis", that he identifies with God.
Such episode lead Horselover to elaborate a "tractatus", reported in the book, that is the basis for the group's discussions.
Horselover ("Philippus" in Latin) Fat ("Dick" in German) is progressively replaced by Philip Dick himself, as a man who has gone through the same experiences and elaborated the same theological/cosmological theories, that follow the gnostic tradition. Definitely a book to read if you want to know Dick's thought....Continua