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review 2017-11-22 14:39
Reality and Illusion: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick,Robert Zelazny

The one faithful film adaptation of a PKD story I'm aware of was the Linklater version of A Scanner Darkly. All the others take a major conceptual element of the story's basic premise, but then seriously alter the narrative in ways that often make them very different thematically. I really liked the Linklater film, too, because I think the "slavish" recreation of the story does a far better job of presenting the ideas that Dick had in their full nuance and depth than any other film version of his work ever has.) Most other adaptations of his work (there are some I haven't seen) tend to fall far short of that, which is really a shame. I mean, Blade Runner (the 1982 version) is a great movie. I like it a lot, but the novel has layers of philosophical depth that the film just doesn't get anywhere near. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” is one of Dick's many explorations of what was clearly his favorite philosophical topic, namely "what is the difference between reality and an illusion?" The movie is reasonably accurate in its representation of the basic plot points (a police officer hunts for escaped androids from space colonies, who are illegally living on Earth and posing as humans) but doesn't even attempt to probe the weirder, but more thought-provoking elements of the story--e.g. that the human race is actually going extinct, and that the robots' brains are distinguishable from those of humans by the robots' inability to feel empathy toward living things.

 

 

If you're into SF, read on.

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review 2017-11-18 07:46
Rezension | Die neun Prinzen von Amber von Roger Zelazny
Die neun Prinzen von Amber: Die Chronike... Die neun Prinzen von Amber: Die Chroniken von Amber 1 - Roger Zelazny,Thomas Schlück

Beschreibung

 

Corwin erwacht nach einem schweren Autounfall in einer Privatklinik im Staat New York ohne jegliche Erinnerungen an seine Person und seine Vergangenheit. Auf sich selbst gestellt beginnt er mit Nachforschungen. Corwin findet schnell heraus, dass er Teil einer großen Königsfamilie ist. Diese Familie herrscht allerdings nicht in einem Teil der menschlichen “Schattenwelt” sondern einer Welt namens Amber.

 

Corwin unternimmt alles um in sein Reich zu gelangen um seinen Bruder Eric vom Thron zu stoßen und die mysteriösen Umstände um das Verschwinden seines Vaters Oberon aufzudecken.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Die Fantasyreihe “Die Chroniken von Amber” von Roger Zelazny wird vom Klett-Kotta Verlag neu aufgelegt. Die ersten beiden Bände“Die neun Prinzen von Amber” und “Die Gewehre von Amber” sind bereits im Oktober und November erschienen.

Schon rein optisch betrachtet sind die Taschenbücher sehr gelungen. Das Cover stellt passend zum Inhalt eine Karte mit einer Abbildung der unterschiedlichen Prinzen dar, und der farbige Schnitt sorgt zusätzlich für Pepp. Also eine wahre Augenweide für jedes Fantasy-Bücherregal!

 

Die Geschichte von Roger Zelazny erschien zuerst in den 70er Jahren und weist daher auch noch ein etwas älteres Weltbild auf. In meinen Augen tut das der Story allerdings keinen großen Abbruch, denn die kreative und temporeiche Erzählung konnte mich vollkommen in ihren Bann ziehen.

 

Im Mittelpunkt steht die Welt Amber und eine große Königsfamilie bei deren männlichen Nachfahren das Ringen um den Thron für jede Menge Chaos und einen unerbittlichen Kampf sorgt. Die Kommunikation unter den Mitgliedern der Königsfamilie fand ich am spannendsten, denn sie können über ein handgemaltes Kartenspiel wie durch Magie miteinander sprechen und zueinander reisen. Die besondere Fähigkeit der Karten funktioniert nicht nur in Amber, sondern auch bis hin zur menschlichen Welt, die sie “Schattenwelt” nennen.

 

Roger Zelaznys erster Band der Fantasyreihe “Chroniken von Amber” umfasst gerade einmal knapp 270 Seiten und bietet trotzdem ein komplexes Setting sowie jede Menge Spannung. Gekonnt führt der Autor den Leser in die Familienstrukturen und die Welt Amber ein, denn durch Corwins Gedächtnisverlust erlebt man hautnah mit wie sich die Puzzleteile seines Wissens neu zusammenfügen. Mich konnte der Autor mit seiner Geschichte um Amber, die verschiedenen Prinzen und den brüderlichen Kampf auf jeden Fall begeistern, so dass ich mich schon sehr auf die weiteren Bände der Chroniken freue!

 

Fazit

 

Kurzweilig und dennoch sehr komplex. Roger Zelazny bietet zum Reihenauftakt der Chroniken von Amber ein mitreisendes Fantasyabenteuer.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-die-neun-prinzen-von-amber-von-roger-zelazny
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review 2017-07-15 10:40
Flavour of Zelazny
Jack of Shadows - Roger Zelazny

This was an interesting read. It wasn't quite up to the level of his Amber series, but it showed a similar panorama of the bizarre imagination of Roger Zelazny.

 

Jack is a likeable antihero who is a talented thief, not least of all because he is a darksider and can disappear into shadow. Darksiders have multiple lives, but no soul. Death means starting again, but he has to make his way back to the world through an otherworldly realm of the dead where magical beings rule.

 

The story stretches the imagination, as Zelazny tends to do, though being a thing of its time it could get some complaints of misogyny. Not something I'll re-read but a classic to tick off the list.

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text 2017-06-19 17:58
U.S. Kindle Sale: Miscellaneous
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics - James Herriot
Jack of Shadows - Roger Zelazny
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic - Randy Shilts,William Greider
Silent Spring - Rachel Carson,Linda Lear,Edward O. Wilson
Cheaper by the Dozen - Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.,Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Currently $1.99: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, by Dorothy L. Sayers.  The Golden Compass (aka Northern Lights), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, by Phillip Pullman.  Jack of Shadows, by Roger Zelazny.  Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.

 

Currently $2.99: Three James Herriot Classics (All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful), by James Herriot.  Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh.

 

Currently $3.99: And the Band Played On, by Randy Shilts.  Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.

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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?

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