This is my review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the base material for the original Bladerunner, is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. It is part of my cyborgs and literature module next term at university and is one of the first university books I looked at.
Although I won’t usually be reviewing the title of books, I wanted to mention how much I liked the title of this book. It is not only an interesting philosophical question but further relates to the electric sheep Deckard talks about in the opening chapters.
If I had to criticise any element of the book, it would be the characters. I felt like the characterisation of Deckards wife didn’t always make sense and a significant part of this was because the concept of the mood organ and ‘dialing in’ isn’t explained. While it is easy enough to guess what this is some way of manipulating the emotions, I felt like the book should have explained or at least described this a little more. I did love the many twists revolving around a specific character (who I won’t mention to keep this spoiler free, but you’ll know once you reach the final act of the book.
I found it difficult to start Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? purely because of the number of invented words and concepts that aren’t explained.
I’m giving Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? a 4* rating. I prefer it a lot to the Bladerunner film (which, admittedly, I’ve only watched once; but confused the heck out of me) and I’m interested in reading more of Philip K. Dicks work… I recently bought Electric Dreams which I look forward to reading and comparing.
What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!