Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick, Robert Zelazny

I’m feeling a bit better, so time to get back to my reviewing thing I guess. I’m reviewing all the books I read a few weeks ago, so forgive me if details are a little scant; my memory fails me at the best of times!


First up is ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ by Philip K Dick, and I’m really sorry to the people who loved this, but I just…didn’t.


We all know the plot of this book by now. At least I think so! A war on apocalyptic scale has driven the vast majority of humankind off earth. Those humans that remain view all animals and creatures with intense admiration. Owning an animal is the ultimate status symbol, and quite frankly, a necessity. Our protagonist in the story is Rick Deckard who’s a bounty-hunter. He endeavors to detect androids that pose as human.


When it comes to vision, this book had it in spades. The morals that future society hinged upon were explored with sophistication and expertise. If I was scoring this book on these ideas alone, I would definitely have awarded it more.I have this pesky habit of rating books on how they make me feel though; in other words, I have some kind of a gauge that goes off letting me know how much I enjoyed a book. When I read this book you can probably guess that I didn’t feel that spectacular. I mean, I liked it; the ideas were mind-blowing, and how they weaved through daily life was executed with an ease that was expertly done. It just made me feel a bit…well…flat.  Maybe it was the characters; none of them had any flair and were almost an afterthought, most definitely suffering in favour of the ideas. When the ideas are as good as they are here though, it can be forgiven, making this definitely worth a read.