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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | Paperback

Released on 11 February 1999

Author: Philip K. Dick | Format: Paperback

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World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn't 'retiring' them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal -- the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard's world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit -- and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted...

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 After the nuclear war

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Deckard is a bounty hunter in the regular employment of the San Francisco police department. His regular salary is low but he earns 1000 dollars for every android he destroys. there's not much life left on Earth. Most of the plants and animals were either killed in the nuclear war or died later from radiation poisoning. Those left are still deteriorating and dying. Unaffected survivors were persuaded to colonise other planets and were offered android 'slaves' as an incentive. So Deckard and his wife now live in a dry, barren, depopulated city where radioactive dust and escaped androids are the big problems. The diminishing fertility of the few remaining healthy men is guarded by lead codpieces. The most expensive, prestigious and coveted commodity is an actual living animal - even a spider or a toad is highly valued. Deckard and his wife own an electric sheep which they keep on the roof of their apartment building. They're ashamed of it. If Deckard could 'retire' 3 androids, the 3000 dollar bounty would be enough for a down-payment on a real ostrich or a goat. This is his ambition.

If you've watched 'Blade Runner', it might strike you that this, the book it was based upon, tells a very different story. This Deckard bears little resemblance to the Harrison Ford Deckard. The android characters are equally dissimilar to those in the film. The way they're tested (in book and film alike) is by asking them a series of questions, the answers to which reveal whether they have empathy. Androids fail the empathy test. Whereas the film androids failed the test, they then went on to behave empathetically. The book androids, on the other hand, confirm the test results in their cold behaviour, not only to their enemies, but to each other. Even so, Deckard finds enough 'life' and humanity in these entities to stimulate his own sense of empathy.

I did enjoy the film very much - though P K Dick was distressed by it apparently. The book is a completely different experience: more sad, dour, down-beat, more complicated, more thought provoking, less technologically flashy and colourful. Loving the film is no guarantee of loving the book, or vice versa. I recommend them both.

 The jury is still out on this one...

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I just finished reading this book this morning on the train to work and I think I liked it but not sure. It took me quite a while to get into it, I'm not sure if that was because I was reading it over the busy holiday period or just because it wasn't 100% my type of book.

I've only recently got back into reading but probably could have finished the book in a day if I was thoroughly enjoying it.
Don't get me wrong its a very well written book, and with a good story line but I don't think it is fully my kind of book, I like sci-fi but I feel there was something missing in this book. Maybe a lack of description on the 'retirement' of androids or lack of action.

Recommend to sci-fi fans, but don't take the book lightly there are some quite deep-thinking moments within the story.

 Too Bad She Won't Live..... But Then Again This Book Does!!!

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Do androids dream of electric sheep? Well i don't read many books, afterall blade runner came out a few years before i was borrn. However because i am a big fan of blade runner i felt that i should read this book. Definitly worth buying especially if you have seen the movie. Although different in many ways from the movie, i found that it was just as entertaining if not more so.

If you havn't seen blade runner and into sci fi, then i strongly recomend both this book and then the movie. I'm not a sci fi man but thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well worth the money.

 Do electric sheep eat electric grass?

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I decided that this would be the first book I will review, mainly because I've just finished it and am in the mood, but also because it is different to most books I read.
This novel is typical sci fi, set in future, after a war, hunting androids etc etc.
The interest in this particular story is in the philosophy and thoughts behind it. Having read the title, you surely get the impression that this book will make you consider questions of android theology. Can androids dream, hope, desire? What does this mean to the idea that they are not human or alive? What is the cut off point when we can say 'you are alive' or not?
The writing style links these quesitons seemlessly and interestingly. Whether you care to think of them or not you will still enjoy this novel.
All the characters give insight into the world Dick created and add extra elements to the difficulties facing the protagonist, whom in the course of a day undergoes a total mental transformation which takes you along with it.
You will be involved in the story, and it seems unlikely that you would go to the trouble of looking up the book without liking the genre and this is a particularly good peice.
Highly recommended.

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AuthorPhilip K. Dick
PublisherOrion Publishing Co (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 224 Pages