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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? | Philip K Dick
"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world".--John BrunnerTHE INSPIRATION FOR BLADERUNNER. . . Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was published in 1968. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time.By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in. Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results."[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities. . . that other authors shy away from".--Paul Williams Rolling Stone
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johncadams
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick is a dystopian vision of a disturbing future world. Read my book review at John C Adams Reviews.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/do-androids-dream-of-electric-shee...

#philipkdick #dystopia #sciencefiction

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Currey
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#alphabetgame #letterd Not my favorite book but when I was young it opened doors for me about what a book could be and what strange places a book could take you.

Kitta I loved this one, but I‘m a big Sci-Fi fan 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
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451Degrees
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A great classic take on a futuristic dystopian society. The title itself has always pulled me in to read this novel and honestly I was pleased with this story. If you‘re a fan of Blade Runner it was a great way to see where the ideas came from but don‘t expect the book to be anywhere near the story of the movie! A look into what it means to live and who is truly alive!

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eeclayton
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I'll need some time to figure out what exactly I think about this one, but it was absolutely mindblowing.

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Twainy
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🎧 My first time reading this book!! A little dated but loved it. There‘s definitely a resemblance to the movie!

In a near future after the last world war … stop … it takes place in 2021 😆 … well the nuclear fallout or snow is killing everything that lives so most of humanity takes off to the stars & every off world household will get an Android.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 👇🏻

Twainy The androids in forced servitude that can escape come back to earth and cause havoc as the new religion is based on empathy, something “andies” don‘t have.

Decker “retires” andies. Is Decker a replicant himself? (There‘s so much more to this book, it really fleshes out the movie)
12mo
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 51.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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Guess who‘s car broke down in 90 degree weather. So I‘m currently loitering at a Dollar General to escape the heat while I wait for my car to get fixed😩
Found a couple cool paperbacks tho!

vivastory I hope it's nothing too serious! I read Do Androids Dream earlier this year & really enjoyed it 1y
reading_rainbow @vivastory I hope it isn‘t either, they‘re keeping it over night, It‘s something to do with a cylinder. And yes about Do Androids Dream! I started it while I was waiting and had to force myself to stop because I was starting to really get into it! Definitely going to be next on my list 1y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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2 low ⭐️s

I rarely say this but… I‘d rather just watch the movie.

This story was a bit of a mess that I found hard to follow. Everything seemed to just be happening “because”. The story didn‘t flow well and I found myself hating every single character. The film had me empathizing with both androids and humans but this book had me hoping the whole planet would just implode.

Also spider torture, for me, is as bad as torturing a puppy. 😭

Ruthiella I‘ve not read this yet, but every PKD book I have read has been hazy and hard to follow. 1y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @Ruthiella This was my first and likely last read of his. 😅 I definitely wasn‘t impressed. 1y
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vivastory
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Taking place over the course of a single day in January 2021, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is promoted after his supervisor is attacked by an android during questioning. Deckard is tasked with locating & interrogating the remaining six sophisticated androids who have escaped their servitude on the Mars colony for a better life on the wasteland that is now Earth. Deckard utilizes a special set of questions to determine their empathy levels,👇

vivastory but this is not foolproof as failing is not always indicative of presence of artificial life. A suspect could fail the test because of their background & family history. PKD was often called prophetic & illustrating the faultiness of standardized testing in 1968 is only one way he def was ahead of his time. Do Androids Dream etc was of course the basis for not only one of the best film adaptations: Ridley Scott's 1982 “Blade Runner,“ but that 2y
vivastory rare breed of cinematic animals-a sequel that is just as good- Denis Villeneuve's 2017 “Blade Runner 2049.“
PKD's novel is an expertly plotted & genuine hybrid of sci-fi & noir with philosophical musings & ethical implications. I def. foresee reading more PKD soon. I have read only 3 of his books, but I loved all of them.
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bibliobliss Great review. I have read just enough of PKD to know that he's a monumental writer. Prophetic is definitely the proper word. Androids is on my TBR. 2y
Ruthiella I‘ve only read two PKD so far (Ubik and The Man in the High Castle) and they‘ve left me with more questions than answers. 😬 Still, I‘ll keep reading him. 2y
vivastory @Ruthiella One of the three I read was Ubik. I know what you mean about more questions than answers, but I loved it. It felt like a Christopher Nolan movie in the best possible way 2y
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vivastory
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Starting a new book. Long overdue to read this one. How cool is this Don Quixote glass?

LeahBergen That glass is awesome!! 2y
MsMelissa Love the glass 😍 My husband is a big fan of the book. It‘s one of his favourites. 2y
Vansa This is an excellent book! 2y
Cathythoughts The book sounds good ... will look out for your review 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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#3Books that have been made into movies.
I LOVE all three movies, but have only read the tagged book (I do own the other two).

@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Read-y_Picker Chocolat was such a lovely movie ❤ 2y
OriginalCyn620 I almost chose Pride and Prejudice and Zombies too! 🖤 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Blade Runner 💜 2y
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Ast_Arslan I've seen all the movies and the tagged book is the only one that I haven't read 🤣🤣 2y
Ast_Arslan I suggest you to read pride and prejudice and zombies ❤ 2y
GreenGrl87 OMG! How did I not know about this Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie!? (edited) 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @GreenGrl87 I absolutely 🖤🖤🖤 it. So much fun. 2y
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callielafleur
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I'm a little meh on this one. Parts of it were crazy and wonderful, other parts were weird and kind of off-putting, and other parts were just confusing. I think one of the reasons why the movie works so much better for me is the character of Roy Baty, who is lovely and tortured in the movie but is barely in the book at all.

Read for the #ReadingRush, read a book that inspired a movie you've already seen.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Knit (crochet) night at the park. Dropped off a book at the park‘s #littlefreelibrary
#hookersoflitsy

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!! 2y
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Eggs
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Klou I definitely need to read this one! Perfect choice! 2y
Eggs Thanks 🌺 @Klou 2y
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Zoes_Human
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I'm dying 😂 😂 😂

LibrarianRyan 😅 😂 😁 😂 😁 😂 😁 😂 😁 2y
JessClark78 😂😂 2y
Tracyantoon 🤣 not sure I want to know the answer to that question! 2y
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CJRwriting
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I have had this book in my collection for some time now, but I had always glanced over it.

Far more philosophical in nature to the movie adaptation 'Blade Runner' and plays out in a different way. But that is all to the books benefit, the dust drench atmosphere and deep sociopolitical/nihilistic questions make this very much it's own unique experience.

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llwheeler
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May #BookSpin done! @TheAromaofBooks

Overall, I enjoyed this. I had never read any Philip K. Dick before. I found it dated in some ways, but not too bad; I'm glad to have read this finally. I loved the prose. The plot rolls along, but I think the heart of the story is in questioning reality, and humanity, what to do with it, or even how to identify it.

Libby1 I agree. I really liked this one, too. 3y
TheAromaofBooks Interesting. I may have to check this one out! 3y
TheAromaofBooks As a sidenote, I did read Man in the High Castle a while back by this author and felt that, as here, the story wasn't exactly the story - in a way, that book is about how the victors write history, and we as humans tend to accept whatever type of government/order is around as long as it doesn't screw us too badly. It was interesting from a philosophical standpoint more than because the story was super engaging. 3y
Linsy Great book! ❤ 3y
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks that does sound interesting too 3y
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llwheeler
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What a delightful word! I love it.
#wordoftheday #wordnerd

MayJasper That's a bonkers tongue twister! 3y
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llwheeler
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (print); Middlemarch (audio)
2. Both!
3. Binti: the night masquerade

BookishMe I think Binti might be my only answer for {3}. Love how accessible Okorafor made this SF ;)) 3y
llwheeler @BookishMe I quite enjoyed it 🙂 3y
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llwheeler
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Woohoo, it's #BookSpin day! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks 😊

Here are my first 5 in order - my kobo is for Rogue Protocol (Murderbot # 3). I'm really looking forward to all of these!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I'll be interested in your review for the tagged book. The only other of his books I've read is Man in the High Castle, which I had mixed feelings about. 3y
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks I haven't read any of his yet, so I'm curious to see what I think 3y
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llwheeler
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I've already changed books on this three times, so posting now so I stop tinkering with it. I made a separate #BookSpin list for May to give myself a fighting chance with #bookspinbonanza

Excited to see what order comes up! I'll be reading as many as I can, with a goal of 5.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Definitely a month for stacking the deck a little! 😂 3y
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks for sure! 😂 No chunksters on my list for this month! It'll be fun! Thanks as always for hosting 😊 3y
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OrangeMooseReads
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📚 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
🖋 Dylan Thomas
📼📺 Dallas (the Original TV show)
👩🏼‍🎤 (Bob) Dylan
🎶Devil‘s Backbone - The Civil Wars
#manicmonday #letterD @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🤗💚 3y
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TheEllieMo
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Published in 1968, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was the inspiration behind the film Blade Runner.

#WrittenInThe60s
#NewYearNewYou @Eggs

Eggs Looks like a young Harrison Ford! Good one! 3y
Zoes_Human This one is a rarity in that I love the book and the film equally, though in somewhat different ways. 3y
TheEllieMo @Eggs he would have been around 40 when the film was made. At the time, I was 14 and thought he was ancient!! Now, yeah, he was so young then! 3y
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wilsonk033
Mehso-so

Interesting read considering it‘s supposed to be happening in 2021! I really liked the idea but found some of it too “out there” for my preference

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MommyOfTwo
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This was ok for me. Blade Runner was based on this book but I hear it is way different. Glad I have not seen the movie yet. There are some parts off this book I really enjoyed but a lot of it dragged for me. #TBRRead #WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

Linsy I remember really liking the concepts in this book, but not much about the pacing. The movie is very different. I liked the book better! 3y
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MommyOfTwo
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OMG I froze walking my son from the car to school!
How is the weather by you today?
Good day to stay in and read.
#OhTheWeatherOutsideIsFrightful

MrsMalaprop Sweltering here in Perth, Western Australia. We‘ve just had a bunch of days hovering around 40 degrees Celsius 🥵. 3y
Palimpsest @MrsMalaprop 😦that sounds unbearable. I have the same temps as @MommyOfTwo as I live in Wisconsin, USA. It‘s supposed to be in the mid 40 degrees Fahrenheit by the weekend, but my four-year-old and I would like a little snow for Christmas. 3y
MommyOfTwo @MrsMalaprop wow! That is hot! 3y
MommyOfTwo @Palimpsest Wisconsin here too and I agree some snow would be great and then if the temp would stay like high 20s I‘d be happy so we could go out and enjoy the snow as well. (edited) 3y
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Bookwomble
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“I never felt like that before. Maybe it could be depression, like you get. I can understand how you suffer now when you're depressed; I always thought you liked it and I thought you could have snapped yourself out any time, if not alone then by means of the mood organ. But when you get that depressed you don't care. Apathy, because you've lost a sense of worth. It doesn't matter whether you feel better because you have no worth.”

saresmoore Boy, that is accurate. 3y
Bookwomble @saresmoore Yep, swap "mood organ" for "antidepressants" and it's even more accurate. 3y
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Carolyn11215
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Enjoyed this bizarre book, which spawned the movie Bladerunner.

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MommyOfTwo
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Thank you so much for all the extra goodies @cobwebmoth ! The chocolate was opened before I had time to take a picture ☺️ I figured it was ok to have the selected book in the picture since I‘m the last to get it.


@Endowarrior21 your package came today as well and I will get that out to @MaleficentBookDragon Thursday morning. I was able to easily get the shipping labels off so I don‘t even need to repackage.

Jennick2004 Wowza!!! 3y
cobwebmoth 3y
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Avanders 😍😍😍 3y
MommyOfTwo @MaleficentBookDragon did you get the #SFMBC that I forwarded to you? 3y
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vivastory
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As others have noted, November 2019 is when the tagged book, better known as Bladerunner is set. Watching this rain soaked tech noir in high school, 2019 seemed so very far in the #future Above are a few of my PKD books.
#MOvember @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Gorgeous! 3y
TrishB Nice versions 😁 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow!! That‘s crazzzy about the year and the covers are beautiful 3y
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Liz_M I had to re-watch V is for Vendetta last Tuesday and now I will need to re-watch Blade Runner soon! 3y
Kalalalatja Stunning covers 👌 3y
britt_brooke I still need to read this! 3y
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Bookwomble
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"Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday's homeopape. When nobody's around, kipple reproduces itself. For instance, if you go to bed leaving any kipple around your apartment, when you wake up the next morning there's twice as much of it. It always gets more and more."

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Bookwomble
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Thanks to @TobeyTheScavengerMonk for the reminder that November 2019 is when Blade Runner is set, so I've rewatched the film & am now rereading the book for the umpteenth time.
Harrison Ford played Deckard in the tradition of the world-weary detective, even doing his own homage to Bogart's Marlowe in The Big Sleep: compare the goofy persona each adopts in the book shop/ dressing room scenes. However, PKD's Deckard is a junior-level police 👇🏼

Bookwomble ...bounty hunter. Far from being the lone wolf "god-damn one man slaughter house" of the film, book-Deckard is unhappily married and, up to now, has had to be satisfied with the easy cases handed down by his superior office, Dave Holden. As the main action begins, Deckard is feeling the pressure of having to prove to his boss that he's up to the task of bringing in the renegade 'andys' that put Holden in intensive care... 3y
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November, 2019. A bleak dystopian nightmare ruled by mega-corporations in which emotionless androids devoid of empathy struggle for power in a world of diminishing resources and environmental collapse. So, to forget all that, I thought I'd watch Blade Runner.

vivastory 😂😭😆😭 we're so screwed 3y
Kimberlone Too true 3y
saresmoore Ha! What @vivastory said. 3y
Aimeesue Yep! 😂😂😂 3y
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Bookwomble
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@TobeyTheScavengerMonk Keep on geekin' on!??
Jeter did a third in his sequel series, "Eye and Talon". He attempts to reconcile the differences between DADoES and Blade Runner, with mixed results. Definitely worth a read, though. "Future Noir" is great, I'm sure you'll love it.
I wasn't taken with the new film, but perhaps I should revisit it now that my initial disappointment has worn off and see if it sits any better.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Seeing this put a smile on my face @Bookwomble Thanks for the heads up about the 3rd Jeter book! The first volume of the new Blade Runner: 2019 comic drops this month too so I might check it out as well. My feelings on 2049 would be mixed to positive. Regardless, I‘m sure there‘s an alternate universe where it was a mindless shoot-em-up so I‘ll take the sad slow movie we got. 3y
Bookwomble @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Let me know what you think of the comic - I stopped collecting a few years ago, but would pick up a TPB if it's good 🙂 3y
Bookwomble @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Blade Runner is in my Top 5 films (the exact ranking of which is fluid), so the sequel was always going to struggle to live up to my expectations. I'm fine with sad and slow (I enjoyed the film A Ghost Story, which is sloooow!), but I found the villain uncomplicated and boring, and a lot of the depiction of women objectifying in an unnuanced way. But, as I say, I'll give it another viewing in the hope that I missed something 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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The film Blade Runner takes place in the far distant future of “November 2019” so my plan this month is to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human.

I‘ll also be watching the Workprint, the Domestic Cut, the International Cut, the Director‘s Cut, the Final Cut, Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2049.

Because when I geek, I geek hard.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Just saw on Litsy that a novel called Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night exists... 3y
Soubhiville Oooo, cool! Time to watch the most recent movie, and maybe reread Electric Sheep! Thanks for posting! 3y
readordierachel Good plan! 3y
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Waterman37
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Reading this the day after the climate march gave me chills. A possible future that I hope we can avoid

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💕📖💕 3y
Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy 👍🏼📚📚📚👍🏼 3y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻🤗 3y
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TheEllieMo
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My mind is back to making weird connections😂 #Dreams made me think of the Phillip K Dick book that was the basis for the film Blade Runner (any excuse for a Harrison Ford pic...)

#SoulSeptember @Eggs

Leftcoastzen 😀❤️ 3y
Eggs Of course!!!! 3y
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lovelybookshelf
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Okay, so this definitely has a good bit of ableism and sexism throughout, but I can't deny that I had trouble putting it down. I could fully imagine the world and its technology, and I liked that it wasn't over-explained. The plot moved along at a quick pace, and it brought up some philosophical questions that will stick with me. An exciting page-turner with just enough weird to make for some really satisfying sci-fi.

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ElectricKatyLand
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I listened to this on audiobook and enjoyed this sci-fi classic set in a crumbling San Francisco full of robots, bounty hunters, and occasions to question the nature of reality.

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Leftcoastzen
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RIP Rutger Hauer,a wonderful actor who played many a bad guy,though I will remember his role in Bladerunner the most.

plemmdog Ladyhawke! 3y
Bookwomble Oh! I missed this awful news. Rutgar was such a powerful presence in all his films, but never moreso than as Roy Batty. 😕❤😕 3y
BarbaraBB He was a great actor 💔 3y
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jlowery999
Panpan

I'm not really a huge sci fi fan but tend to enjoy them from time to time. This one just wasn't my favorite. There were a lot of philosophical, almost trippy moments that really just had me confused. Knowing it is the inspiration for Blade Runner, I expected a little more action and a little less drawn out dialogue.

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Marilyncjackson
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Had to read this for book club. It is utter crap! Garbled rantings and fantasy of a 13 year old boy. I had high hopes but like most sci-fi from this time the heavy handed symbolism and lesson teaching was a total turn off. Why can‘t more sci go be like Star Trek you know discovering new thing, meeting new people, and adventure. Hitchhiker‘s Guide style that‘s what I want. I need to go wash the taste of this out of my mouth!

TheWintergarden I think Blade Runner was based off of this book. One of my all time favourite sci fi films so it's interesting to know it' 4y
TheWintergarden Interesting to know the book version must be very different. 4y
Marilyncjackson @TheWintergarden I have never seen Blade Runner and based off this book I never will. I am not a fan of dystopian old sci fi and I could fill up 100 or mor comments on why, but since this book was such a disappointment I will leave the film unwatched then I won‘t upset my film friends like I am upsetting my book friends with my distain for this book. 4y
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Marilyncjackson All this being said this book is still better than Paradise Lost. 4y
TheWintergarden @Marilynjackson. Sounds like a sensible plan then. But I really really want to read it now! 😊👽💜 4y
Marilyncjackson @TheWintergarden you should! And if you love it you should tell me why. Maybe you can change my mind. Probably not but it‘s always fun to discuss 😊 4y
TheWintergarden @Marilyncjackson Will do!👽💜 4y
rretzler Blade Runner was very loosely base off of this book. It‘s been many many years since I read the book, but the book and the movie are nothing alike. I do recall liking the book when I read it, but I don‘t remember enough to try to defend it. PKDs writing is definitely not for everyone, although many movies are based on his works. 4y
TrishB I loved this when I was a teen, maybe I was masquerading as a 13 year old boy. I‘ve never read since as I know it‘s not my thing now. The film is nothing like it and is awesome. 4y
Marilyncjackson I sometimes masquerade as a 13 year old boy lol. My comments may have been harsh, but I was so disappointed when I finished it. I might try the film since everyone says it is so different. 4y
Shel.f To be fair, the first SF we did had a female protagonist. It was still dystopian as hell, though. I've been avoiding space opera just because I don't enjoy it. I know that a Poul Anderson book is coming up, though - AD leading. It's time travel, maybe it'll be better. 4y
Marilyncjackson @Shel.f I hope the next one is better! But the discussion was good so it made it worth reading 😊 so glad to see you on here. Hope you like the website 4y
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Read_By_Red
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I enjoyed this novel. Nice, short read, but not lacking in action or detail.