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31DC2014 Day 24: A Book – Ubik


Day 24 and we are almost at the end of this EPIC challenge for another year! Wow.

Today’s theme is Inspired by A Book. I chose a sci-fi book by Philip K. Dick called Ubik. It is a classic of his that was written in 1969. The following is a summary of the book from Amazon:

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in “half-life,” a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter’s face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.

It was set in a future world, which in the book was actually the early ’90s. And believe me, if flying vehicles had truly existed in the 1990, international travel would be a piece of cake! Particularly for a self-confessed travel-whore like myself… It’s no secret that I love going to new places.


I chose a look inspired by the extremely garish fashions each of the characters wear. I guess being written in the 60’s was the primary reason for that, though everyone seems to wear the most gaudy pants, vests and furs. That part is hilariously outlandish by today’s standards. It’s more like the stuff you would wear to an overstated 60’s/70’s dress up party for instance.

Need some examples? How about the taxi driver whom “…wore fuchsia pedal pushers pink yak fur slippers, a snakeskin sleeveless blouse, and a ribbon in his waist-length dyed white hair.” or the character GG Ashwood who was “Square and puffy, like an overweight brick, wearing his usual mohair poncho, apricot-colored felt hat, argyle ski socks and carpet slippers.”

Given the above, I seriously considered adding ‘fur’ to my solid colour nails, but could not find chartreuse fur or fuzz anywhere so it remained as is. I did have a real snakeskin, but didn’t want to cut it up.

I’ve used OPI Toucan Do It Too over China Glaze Def Defying (the crème chartreuse / green).


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  1. iLuvNailz 29th September 2014 Reply

    Sounds like a book I have to read. I’ve read a couple of his others. I am not really a green polish person but I really liek that CG. Does it chip alot?

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      Lia Lacquerista 16th December 2014 Reply

      Yes he’s a classic author but some of his stuff is a little…disjointed. A bit drug affected maybe? Ooh I love greens. Unless you use too many coats I don’t recall it chipping faster than usual.

      And soo sorry for the late reply! I wasn’t ignoring you, haven’t been able to get on laptop for long periods and just discovered (much to my horror) some comments in pending and spam that I was never notified about or saw. Weird as, but I did change anti-spam plugins some time ago…

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