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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

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By Philip K. Dick

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Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 2010
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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Philip K. Dick's classic SF novel, which was adapted as the film BLADE RUNNER.

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Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, BEYOND LIES THE WUB in 1952. Among his many fine novels are THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, TIME OUT OF JOINT, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? and FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID.

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Volume 3 of six entries in this fast-paced adaptation of Dick's famed futuristic mystery continues Rick Deckard's search and elimination of suspected androids. After Deckard is captured by Officer Crams and taken to the police station, Deckard's concept of reality is called into question, leaving readers to examine the same dilemma. Readers who are familiar with Dick's oeuvre will love this continuation coupled with Parker's (Warhammer) artwork done in muted dark tones and surprising points of view. Those unfamiliar with Dick's name may recognize movies adapted from his work, e.g., Total Recall or Minority Report. Although the textual adaption is occasionally redundant with certain depictions, this does not impede the plot or hamper enticement to read the next volume. Verdict While ideally read after the first two volumes, this text could be consumed independently and hook readers on the series. The content is appropriate for high school and adult readers who enjoy sf, alternate reality plots, or mystery.-Joanna Schmidt, George Fox Univ., Newberg, OR (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Gr 8 Up-Dick's science-fiction classic has been transformed into a full-color graphic novel. This volume collects issues 9 through 12 of the 24-issue maxi-series and reads like a detective novel. Unlike an adaptation, this series retains all of the original text. Often, the caption box repeats what is illustrated in the panel. Page layouts feature large panels, typically three per page, to accommodate the numerous caption boxes and dialogue balloons. Parker's natural style shows a futuristic Northern California, done in muted tones, worn around the edges. The characters' facial expressions and body language enhance the tense psychological and physical exchanges. While questioning a rogue android, Rick Deckard uncovers a phantom police agency that has no record of him, calling into question his own existence. Despite the bounty-hunter premise, the story does not glorify violence, and it offers age-appropriate images. Supplementary material includes a 20-plus-page essay, "Crazy Friend," written by Jonathan Lethem, which includes two of his short stories and chronicles his journey as a Dick fan. Science-fiction fans may grouse that the artwork does not match their own vision of Dick's futuristic world, which was also the complaint many had with Blade Runner, the movie inspired by the author's novel. This is a welcome purchase for science-fiction or graphic-novel collections.-June Shimonishi, Torrance Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first * Terry Gilliam * My literary hero * Fay Weldon * One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction, Dick made most of the European avant-garde seem like navel-gazers in a cul-de-sac * Sunday Times *

EAN: 9780575094185
ISBN: 0575094184
Publisher: Gollancz
Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.9 x 1.6 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This book is far better than the movie Bladerunner, because Dick was writing about the ethics and cultural system which develops when the world is so polluted that electric sheep, as examples of pets kept to allow us to feel empathy, compassion and care, are all most people can afford. real humans and androids have become almost indistinguishable.The image of a man rolling a stone uphill then losing control of it at the top of the mountain is the underlying theme of a culutre that has given up hope, yet needs to have faith in perserving. Also a great thriller novel. A truly excellent piece of literature on all levels.

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