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Blade Runner

(Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

Dick, Philip K.

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Blade Runner
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Random House, Inc.
It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignmet--find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

Baker & Taylor
Captures the strange world of twenty-first-century Earth, a devastated planet in which sophisticated androids, banned from the planet, fight back against their potential destroyers

Baker
& Taylor

Captures the strange world of twenty-first-century Earth, a devastated planet in which sophisticated androids, banned from the planet, fight back against their potential destroyers, while bounty hunter Rick Deckard sets out to track down the replicants. Reissue. (Tie-in to the Fall 2007 release of the deluxe twenty-fifth anniversary DVD of the Warner Bros. film, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and others) (Science Fiction)

Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2007, c1968
Edition: Del Rey mass market ed
ISBN: 0345350472
9780345350473
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI D
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 18 cm.

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Jul 24, 2014
  • mbssmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was okay. I personally thought the movie was better. Rachael was much better in the movie. The one part in the book that made more sense in the book than in the movie was the part where Deckard meets Rachael for the first time.

Jul 21, 2012
  • everydayathena rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this novel, and was particularly intrigued by the essay featured at the end of the book (it discusses all of the conflicts which arose when the screenplay for the movie "Blade Runner" was being written). I then watched the movie, actually, just to have a better understanding of why these conflicts had erupted. Like 99% of viewers, I found the movie to be a colossal waste of time (sorry Ridley Scott - I loved the Alien movies and always will!).

But I digress. This is not a movie review. It's a book review.

The plot was satisfying and I appreciated the significant theme of the novel - were clones to exist, (the beings in this book are not true clones, but rather "androids") what rights would they have, if any? Would it be ethically offensive to use them as slaves? What would our response be if these clones chose to assert their rights? Would they HAVE rights?

I did not find the romance in this novel believable, but rather mechanical. The love between the protagonist and the android that he must "retire" (kill) was not well developed. I say this only because the essay at the end of the book indicates that it was an important idea to the author, one which he vehemently defended when screenplay writers threatened to "write it out" of the movie.

I struggled with two concepts in the novel - the veneration of animals, and "Mercerism", which is the religious ideology followed by the characters. Upon those concepts the most important messages of the novel were built - it's too bad they were both stripped from the movie.

I would still recommend this novel, despite some of the drawbacks - its underlying philosophies are provocative. Moreover, I think it's important to be familiar with the classic canon of any genre, and I intend to read more PKD.

Dec 03, 2010
  • neonchameleon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sure, the movie was iconic and pretty awesome but it was so different from the book.
The book will make the gears of your brain turn for sure and at times may also make your heart break.
Full of intellectual ponderings on reality, the nature of humanity and warnings of the future this is a must read for science fiction fans.

Aug 25, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had to read this twice because there’s a lot to take in: the last days of Earth, a new human religion, are androids alive? The curse of life is that we move towards death, but our empathy makes the journey tolerable. Without empathy for humans, for animals, for their own kind, the life of an android is nasty, brutish and short.

Mar 19, 2010
  • Robert J. Webster rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

good read, nothing like the movie

May 10, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Classic science fiction. It's even classic in the sense that the story is full of wacky ideas about the future that haven't come through and probably never will. But in all of the important ways, this book still has the sparks of insight, imagination and moral ambiguity that make science fiction great.

The book could be viewed as a straight-up detective story set in the future in the same vein of Sam Spade with questionable "dames" and all but few stories combine science, morality, religion and existentialism together well.

We question the morality of killing androids; we wonder if they're really alive; we wonder if we're alive and what truly sets us apart from machines; we even begin to wonder if we're truly human or android all through this book. The nature of empathy is questioned with undertones of Catholicism and Buddhist philosophy.

This is a wacky science fiction book but what's important is if it will illicit thoughts and feelings within you.

Jun 10, 2008
  • jabey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book that questions what should be considered real/alive and whether that actually matters.

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Jul 21, 2012
  • everydayathena rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

everydayathena thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jun 10, 2008
  • jabey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 12, 2009
  • Wolvie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.

May 10, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm seeing one of them for the the first time. And they damn near did it; they came awfully damn close to undermining the Voigt-Kampff scale, the only method we have for detecting them. The Rosen Association does a good job -- makes a good try, anyhow -- at protecting its products. And I have to face six more of them, he reflected. Before I'm finished. He would earn the bounty money. Every cent. Assuming he made it through alive.

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May 10, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: "Copulation with an android; absolutely against the law, here and on the colony worlds as well."

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