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review 2017-05-03 13:23
Measuring humanity
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick,Robert Zelazny

I don't know whether to be hopeful or depressed. I think I'm a good deal of both, plus amazed, and horror stricken. There is a lot of the Sisyphean in this, which I guess is on purpose, given all the Mercer stuff (which on the last pages got trippy as fuck, of the religious hallucination variety).

 

And it makes a good job of running through many questions regarding empathy, psychological manipulation, human's social animal condition, loneliness, plus whatever I didn't get, inside few pages on an action packed day for a bounty-hunter.


Really intense little book.

 

Rachel hates him because he recognized her even while she couldn't recognize herself? (I'm unsure on this, she must have known to sleep with other bounty-hunters) Or maybe she hates him because it's another failure to fool a human, and can't understand where the failing lies.

She goes for the goat. But in the end, maybe his wife was more important. She actually cares and.. well, it felt hopeful to me. No pet, but why should you feel bereft if you can care for another person... which is a bit messed up and might be the reason Deckard is so messed up: HE doesn't care for HER.

Cyborgs are really terrifying because it's clear by the end that they are absolutely psychopathic. The spider makes you understand what the fact that they truly can't empathize really means. All the fripperies that have you in doubt make it even scarier. Of course, you have Irmgand so who knows?

(spoiler show)
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text 2017-05-03 07:48
Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 244 pages.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick,Robert Zelazny

Garland explanation, so resigned, and then Regsch's non-stated, but evident though-process as he realizes.


"It's not just false memory structures," Phil Resch said. "I own an animal; not a false one but the real thing. A squirrel. I love the squirrel, Deckard"

 

A dagger to the heart.

 

After Luba: God!! All that conversation!! Resch not understanding the book buying, but worrying about the squirrel, and his despair, it's soul-wrenching!

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text 2017-05-03 06:48
Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 244 pages.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick,Robert Zelazny

This is fast becoming a mind-screw.

 

By the way, this is another cult-classic which I haven't watched and mostly avoided being spoiled, so don't tell me.

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text 2017-05-02 06:37
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 244 pages.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick,Robert Zelazny

This is my second book for the 29th rolls: Tomorrowland 33: space, sci-fi or robots/cyborgs.

 

As for openings go, I had a bit of flash-back to Bradbury's "It was a pleasure to burn". It dumps you hard into it's world. I'm already horror stricken. 

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review 2017-03-28 21:11
The Claw of the Conciliator - Gene Wolfe

I really like this story of the continuing adventures of Severian. However, if you read the first book, The Shadow of the Torturer, you probably came away with a multitude of questions but don't expect to have them answered in this second book. There there are some things where you may see a glimmer of an answer and start to get an idea for what's going on, but nothing becomes absolutely clear. And as another reviewer pointed out (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/205947975?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1) keep a dictionary handy. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.

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