Do androids dream of electric sheep? by Philip K Dick book review

Note: All my reviews a spoiler free!


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…

For those who aren’t aware, this is the book that the film Blade runner, starring Harrison Ford, is based on.

Weird title, right?

I picked this book up for a few reasons, one, I like blade runner and two it’s part of the SF masterworks collection which I’m taking up the challenge to read books from that list.

It’s obvious why this is part of the SF masterworks. It’s very well written and the themes in it are conveyed very well. This is what the book is mainly about. Yes, it has great characters and plot, but the main focus is making you question things.

I would’ve liked the world and the plot to have been expanded more, but it was enjoyable from start to finish so I shan’t complain too much.

The characters are brilliant and you get hints of personality from a few short sentences, no more than is needed.

The ending is a tiny bit anti climatic and it goes a little trippy for a moment there, but all in all, great read.

The author doesn’t spell things out for you. It’s refreshing not to babied and thought that readers can’t figure it out and the benefit of that is the book moves along at a perfect pace. It’s a thought provoking book that’s tinged with sadness.

To sum up, Wanted a little more, Good characters, great writing, Excellent theme

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 4 grey


5 thoughts on “Do androids dream of electric sheep? by Philip K Dick book review

    • Combustible reviews 27/04/2016 / 9:29 am

      Yep! Have you seen the film? It’s completely different to the book! Someone did a book sequel using a mix of the film and book. Going to check it out!


  1. Film Music Central 27/04/2016 / 12:48 pm

    I have the book AND the movie and I love both, the ending disappointed me a little, but not too much (it’s scary how everything is artificial in that world, even the animals).

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    • Combustible reviews 27/04/2016 / 2:29 pm

      I know, the ending was a bit anti climatic. I think I read somewhere that the book hints Deckard is replicant, but I had to squint and have prior knowledge to see that. They’re making another film! :O

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