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One of Phillip K. Dick's masterpieces (but not his best),
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This review is from: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
I read this novel some years after first seeing the film version - "Bladerunner". At first, I was disappointed: I foolishly expected something to resemble the film - but I had forgotten that Dick himself was extremely distressed about the distruction of his plot when the film was made: Hence the book and the film, although based on the same ideas should really be viewed as different stories: Both have a "Bladerunner" chasing after escaped Androids, but there the similarities start to run out.
On reflection, I now recognise the book as being an excellent work. The only reason I have awarded it four stars out of five is that I have also read "Ubik" - which is so excellent that I cannot judge "Do Androids..." at 100% in comparison.
The book is more subtle than the film, and includes a lot of Dicks subtle examination of the human condition, which, over the years, had led him to accurately predict several technological innovations to come, not because he was up on technology, but because he knew the sort of thing we'd end up doing. The story contains electric animals, since the real ones have become rather scarce, one of these being the electric sheep owned by the main character, which he pretends is real to save face. One of my favorites is the device which can change your mood: When you don't feel like changing your mood, you can dial in a code to put you in the mood for using the machine! So, given that we are now cloning sheep, I would suggest mood-machines and Androids are on the way.
If you're new to Dick, you're also new to his unique ability of being able to weave a puzzle that will take at least half the book to unravel (or so you think, until you reach the end, and you realise you were wrong!): So, if you haven't read his material before, start with this book - and stick with it - wait a while to let the neurons settle down, and then read his best work - "Ubik". Most of his other works are also worth a read, and some are excellent, although I don't have space to list them all here.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2010 09:30:17 GMT
Ana Mrvos says:
Totally agree - this book is great, but 'Ubik' is definitely the best!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2010 11:03:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2010 11:04:22 BDT
Roger Murray says:
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2010 22:40:06 BDT
C. Cresswell says:
i have no idea how far into the book that revelation is made, but you should not put spoilers in comments to avoid ruining the experience for other people who have not read the book.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2010 21:19:23 BDT
J. DARBY says:
A very good point. Put a 'SPOILER' notice up next time. That was hardly a small detail you revealed.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 22:18:19 GMT
J. MAY says:
Yeah thanks this was just spoilt for me - brilliant! :/
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2011 17:49:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Feb 2011 17:51:53 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
whoa! you have just revealed a giant spoiler to the public. how perfectly evil from you.
Posted on 17 May 2013 16:55:38 BDT
Rui Resende says:
I have to correct a little point. Dick was not distressed at all with Scott's adaptation of his novel! On the contrary, he wrote: "My life and creative work are completed by Blade Runner". And he considered that the film would change the vision of science fiction from then on. Find a fac-simile of the letter here:
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