Friday, September 26, 2008

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Book review from The Movie Snob

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick (published by Library of America in Four Novels of the 1960s, 2007). I believe I have previously reviewed the other three novels in this collection elsewhere on this blog. The movie Blade Runner was based on this short novel, and although I have never seen Blade Runner all the way through (for shame!), I am pretty sure it is a lot different from and more straightforward than the book. But the basic gist is probably still the same--the protagonist is Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter whose job is "retiring" androids that have killed their human masters and are trying to pass as human beings. Now six androids of the latest and most advanced model are on the loose on the West Coast, and when one of them puts Deckard's boss in the hospital, it's up to him to stop them--if he can. Good story, although I'm not sure it all entirely made sense.


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