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"The Novel That Became Blade Runner..."

AdvantagesWell writing, engaging plot and thoroughly enjoyable piece of sci-fi

DisadvantagesOccasionally the perspective causes some brief confusion

"'SF Masterworks' is a growing collection of 'classic' science-fiction novels spanning over fifty years of the genre. As someone who's grown up reading and watching science-fiction I've found this a very interesting series that has introduced me to some wonderful (and, I have to be honest, not so wonderful) novels and authors that I would probably never have encountered otherwise. 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?' is the forth book of the series, ..." Read review
31.03.2007

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gunmenoftheapocalypse

Empathy Towards Androids?

AdvantagesGreat descriptions of 'cyberpunk' post-apocalyptic future, excellent ideas

DisadvantagesSome concepts are hard to understand, and the science is often a little unbelievable

"The basic plot of this novel is "in the future a bit, following a big war, a legal bounty hunter is after six androids who are really hard to kill. will he make it?" however, that is by no means all there is to it. philip k. dick's book manages to explore the real feelings that one would feel pursuing such a job, and also incorporates much deceit and mystery throughout. i always love to see or read about the future, provided it's not in some cheesy ..." Read review
24.10.2003

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richardcatling777

Emotional Androids

AdvantagesThe emotions you will feel run closer to home while reading this book.

DisadvantagesTakes a while to take in and understand the jargon, depth and surrounding environment.

"...characters daydreaming like we all do in our current lives which can be a little distracting. This is not a fault of the book atall, its one of the books qualities, as it can be so much more rewarding when left in a quiet room. Its certainly not a book to read on the bus or the train. Its a very sophisticated book where you have to be patient and wait for descriptions of events. Many times i spent drifting off for half an hour or so whilst in ..." Read review
24.10.2004

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ElStevo

Don't mention Bladerunner!

AdvantagesBrilliant concept, clearly and simply written!

DisadvantagesDifficult to raed if you have seen teh film Bladerunner

"There is a major problem with reading this book. The film "Bladerunner" was based upon it, and to anyone who has seen the film first, it hangs like a dark shadow. This is a pity as "Do Androids…." is a remarkable book, but one that when you are reading, you feel you are constantly comparing it to the film. To those who have not seen it, then I envy you being able to enjoy this book without comparison. To those who have seen the film, try to remove ..." Read review
21.12.2007

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5kutbag

Quality alternative sci fi.

AdvantagesFeel like getting into sci-fi more?

DisadvantagesProbably not for everyone. What is?

"First off, Star wars, star trek, bablyon 5, andromeda, lost in space are generally NOT sci fi in my opinion. What they REALLY are, are action films/series that happen to be set in the future. There isn't really much in the way of setting contemporary problems in new scenarios and questioning life the universe and everything. Now thats out of the way, let me tell you why I think Philip K Dick kicks serious ass and why everything I have read of ..." Read review
19.09.2004

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lennieb

not just Dicking around

Advantageseasy to read yet gets in your head

Disadvantagesam I an android?

"...force run my androids who do not even realise they are androids, protecting a race of anroids who may not even know they are androids, who infact believe they are human, things start to get even more complicated. Add to this the fact he may be in love with an android and his paranoia that he himself is an anderiod and you've got this classic, sci-fi, mind bender of a novel. Phillip K Dick is great. Get out there and read it! ..." Read review
18.05.2001

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adamdavid

The inspiration for Blade Runner

AdvantagesA masterpiece of science fiction writing

DisadvantagesIf you're expecting Blade Runner - The Book, you'll be disappointed

"Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep is the book that inspired the classic sci-fi film Blade Runner, but if you are expecting Blade Runner in paperback form then you will be disappointed. Philip K. Dick died before Blade Runner was released but had distanced himself completely from Ridley Scott's film because it was so very different from his book. The book follows a bounty hunter, Rick Deckard, whose job it is to hunt down rogue androids that had ..." Read review
22.05.2001

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NeilHudson

Not the book of the film

AdvantagesExtremely good read

DisadvantagesMay disappoint anyone who expects a film novelisation

"There is no point reading "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" expecting a book of the film. Dick's novel came first, and goes deeper than "Blade Runner". Dick's main theme was the profound question "what is human?" and by juxtaposing his human characters with androids he attempted to show that it wasn't down to what you were made of. Dick believed that what distinguished humans from the android is our capacity for empathy - a theme largely ignored ..." Read review
10.09.2000

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Quick review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

"Well what a disappointment! I used to read a lot of science fiction and loved the film Blade Runner so thought I would give this book (on which the film is based) a go. Although there were some good concepts within the book, I found it disjointed and struggled to finish it. What I did like was that it did not paint a rosy picture of the future, all clean cut and a perfect world & it explored the concept of how do we define life. I know this is supposed to be a cult piece of seminal science fiction, but it really didn't do it for me.
16.07.2008

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Community Level 2Gavin6

Gavin6

Read this now

AdvantagesIt is a world class novel

DisadvantagesPeople think it is the book of the film

"I cannot praise this book highly enough. It is written by Phillip K. Dick who is the most underrated author of all time. It may be more familiar to you in the form of Blade Runner the movie by Ridley Scott. It is set in the future when all the animals in the world are dead and the ultimate status symbol is a real animal hence the title. It concerns the life of Rick Deckard who retires androids or in other words kills them for bounty. Then one day ..." Read review
09.01.2001

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MR_A

Buy this book!

AdvantagesGreat story line

DisadvantagesToo depressing for some

"I bought "Do Androids Dream of Elecric Sheep?" after watching the film Blade Runner. It is better than the film by far as it gives you a more in depth view of the characters and setting. Anyone interested in science fiction should buy this book as it is a very well thought out piece of literature. Even people who are interested in crime and detective thrillers would even joy this master piece as it borrows a lot of ideas from that kind of genre. ..." Read review
05.09.2000

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