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A great book that could have been brilliant,
This review is from: The Penultimate Truth (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)A book that, for me, just didn't reach it's potential! A great story that starts really well and then gets bogged down in a conspiracy story that doesn't really add much to the overall tale. I wanted to know much more about the plight of the tankers, the feelings of the con-apt dwellers and the guilt of the elite.
Like other books in this genre that haven't quite satisfied, this book skims over some of the things that I find so interesting - the nature of human survival against terrible conditions. The lead characters are possibly too numerous to really learn about their deeper feelings and so the book never quite gets to the core of the issues.
I did enjoy the book and it was a story that kept me interested but again it was a book that just didn't quite make it to the brilliance that Dick could have achieved.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2009 10:40:47 BDT
It is a great book but not one of PKD's best.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2009 10:04:47 BDT
What would you recommend as his best? I certainly want to read more by this author.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012 22:08:03 GMT
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I know you didn't ask me - but I'm a big P K Dick fan. He's not always very accessible. One of his best known books is The Man in the High Castle (Penguin Modern Classics), also Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (Gollancz) although this one has been made into a film with some of the rough edges of the book omitted. The film is the much admired Blade Runner: The Final Cut (2-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] . Sorry if I'm telling you things you already know...
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 17:23:24 GMT
Thanks Eileen. I'm reluctant to read Androids because I've already seen Blade Runner. Is it worth reading after seeing the film?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 11:17:10 GMT
The book is something of a mishmash and many of the ideas and plot-lines of the book were discarded by Ridley Scott when he made the film, which in my opinion is much superior to the book. Of the many lines discarded is the religion which is a big feature of the book - it's called, Mercerism and bears little relation to anything I've heard described as a religion - it seems more like adherents are rolling a boulder uphill like Sisyphus! There are some original and startling ideas in the book, but it doesn't really make a coherent whole and Ridley Scott is a genius to have made such a brilliant film from what is a highly disorganised and strange book. But the book is undoubtedly an intriguing read, always remembering P K Dick is ploughing his own particular furrow all along the line.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2012 22:12:29 BDT
Pj Cooper says:
I'm sorry, but you not being able to find a "coherent" whole to the plot in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep can only be narrowed down to a lack of understanding on your part. PKD uses mercarism as a means of questioning humanity when faced with technology that can easily imitate it and force us to become attached to it. Blade Runner, while visually fantastic and one of my fav sci-fi films ever, did nothing more then strip everything down to some sentimental hollywood story of "machines have feelings too" which I suspect Ridley Scot did to appease the studios. Both fine works, but Blade Runner is a work of visual sense first and foremost.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2012 23:08:24 BDT
Your reply also seems to guess at why Ridley Scott removed Mercerism (also a Dekker's wife and his actual sheep - instead we get a beautiful owl) from his screenplay. But there are deeper elements which might be inferred as Scott's wish to not strip everything down to 'machines have feelings too" - the love affair between Dekker and the android girl who thinks she is real, for instance. In the end, however, we are both only guessing. You may well be right that I am lacking in understanding but I do find Mercerism difficult to fathom, especially if you are right that he sets it up as a means of questioning humanity, or perhaps provoking humanity to question dependence on machines. I feel Scott might have seen this religion as superflous.
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