TODAY’S #FridayFiveChallenge DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? By Philip K Dick

This fun feature is a mini workshop. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.

From the book cover we will browse the book description, price and some of the reviews BUT we only have 5 MINUTES.

WE PLAY POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS

Join in and see where it leads.

Grab a coffee and spend 5 Minutes on this exercise.

Mug 1

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

(then write a little analysis about your decision)

Share your post, use #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 and I’ll help share all relevant posts.

This week my search term was “Android” I went out of my comfort zone to Sci-Fi.

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Book Description

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 …

A Review

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a book that most people think they remember, and almost always get more or less wrong. Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner took a lot from it, and threw a lot away; wonderful in itself, it is a flash thriller where Dick’s novel is a sober meditation. As we all know, bounty hunter Rick Deckard is stalking a group of androids returned from space with short life spans and murder on their minds–where Scott’s Deckard was Harrison Ford, Dick’s is a financially over-stretched municipal employee with bills to pay and a depressed wife. In a world where most animals have died, and pet-keeping is a social duty, he can only afford a robot imitation, unless he gets a big financial break. The genetically warped “chickenhead” John Isidore has visions of a tomb-world where entropy has finally won. And everyone plugs in to the spiritual agony of Mercer, whose sufferings for the sins of humanity are broadcast several times a day. Prefiguring the religious obsessions of Dick’s last novels, this asks dark questions about identity and altruism. After all, is it right to kill the killers just because Mercer says so? —Roz Kaveney

Number of Reviews; 261 Amazon UK or 925 on Amazon US

Price; Kindle £5.99, paperback £6.29. Or $8.82 kindle or the lower $8.35 paperback

Would I BUY or PASS?……PASS today due to the price.

Analysis

I need to move out of my comfort zone and I’ve been talking about Sci-Fi to a friend. This book caught my eye amongst all the computer based books under the search term. The book appealed, I watched Blade Runner years ago (I think!) The book cover is good, bright colours and a Sci-Fi feel to it. The book description have me wavering away, I preferred the reader review I included above. The price is a little high for a kindle where I am gambling with a newish genre for me, so a PASS today, but I might get to it in the future.

What do you think? Has anyone read this book?

Other bloggers taking part in the challenge today.

Shelley used the search term Radio and found Fat Chance by Nick Spalding

Cathy’s hoping to see some snow soon, so she went with Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber

Liz has found a fun ChickLit Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman, with a much better US cover than UK one, what do you think?

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13 thoughts on “TODAY’S #FridayFiveChallenge DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? By Philip K Dick

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  4. I read this book, in paperback, years back. It’s quite different to the movie (very different), and there’s much more detail about the future and what it’s like, although some of the philosophical/religious themes are a bit peculiar. And yes, it ‘s slower. I remember I was quite taken by a mood machine that could be programmed in the morning to change people’s mood (then, I’m a psychiatrist).

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  5. I enjoy science fiction books–which are, by virtue of the genre, always more detailed. Although I’ve heard of Philip K. Dick, I haven’t read the novel or seen the movie. The story sounds intriguing, but the eBook price is high; therefore, I’d pass.

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      • Yes, Rosie…I’ve watched both Stargate Series (the original and Atlantis) and I loved the movie with Kurt Russell and James Spader. I’m sure I’d enjoy the companion books as well. 🙂

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