- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services (23 April 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0586070761
- ISBN-13: 978-0586070765
- Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dr. Adder (Panther science fiction) Paperback – 23 Apr 1987
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Top Customer Reviews
There are numerous interesting ideas, enough for most authors to have written 3 or 4 books off the back of normally. The text hardly shows its age even now, unlike some other 70s SF (imho). It has no dull bits (that I noticed) and is action packed without the slightest feeling of repetition.
A word of warning though, this will be a very challenging read if you are prudish.
For everyone else, this is a brilliant book.
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The story focuses not on Dr. Adder, but instead on E. Allen Limmit and his discovery of life outside the corporate home he spent much of his life. As his life becomes inevitably intermixed with Adder and Adder's arch-nemesis, he learns he is a pawn in a much larger story, one he was, literally, born to be. Writen 12 years before it was published, the book is brilliant, one of those incredible first novels that shows the author knows more about writing than some long-established authors. The ending had me laughing for minutes, and though I had once told a friend that I would never read it again (while still in the disturbing subject matter of the first fifty pages) I look forward to additional readings of this classic in the years to come.
One of society's idols, Dr. Adder, can, for price, plunge into a client's subconscious and dig up his or her deepest sexual desires, then provide the necessary surgical modifications
to fulfill those desires. Hoping to wreak vengeance upon
Dr. Adder and break his stranglehold upon society, his
equally dark foe stages a violent end for Dr. Adder which is ultimately fought in a cyberspace-like melding of minds and television networks.
Action-filled and a quick read, this book is recommended for fans of a sort of dark, pre-cyberpunk in the style of Philip K. Dick.
While there is an overt theme of sexual perversion, violence, and drug use, it is not excessive; the story seems to focus on the events surrounding these activities, but not necessarily as a direct result of such.
The characters take a while to develop and the reader is able to keep them at arms length throughout most of the book so the suspension of disbelief is not as well developed as often occurs in Jeter's short stories and later works.
Although vacillating between sparks of eureka prose and post-adolescent mumbling with the occasional Jeter fifty-word sentence, it is a quick read and, for being his first novel, wasn't too bad.
As a special treat, I found the "illustrated" version. --Don't buy it for the artwork.
Those already familiar with Jeter's work will appreciate the budding seed of the writer's voice in Dr. Adder; the rest may likely only consider the book a misogynistic dystopia of mutilated hookers and oddly segmented prose.