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- Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433245507
- ISBN-13: 978-1433245503
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,521,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Bloodmoney or How We Got Along After the Bomb Audio CD – May 1, 2008
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Written in the late 1950s and early 1960s, these titles follow Dick's familiar theme that things and people are not quite what and who they seem, basically challenging reality. Though dead for 20 years now, Dick still is hugely popular among sf readers and Blade Runner nuts, so pop for these.
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“[A] brilliant, idiosyncratic, formidably intelligent writer. . . . Dick illuminates. He casts light. He gives off a radiance.” --The Washington Post
“Philip K. Dick’s best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable.” --The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The other reviews have done a great job of breaking down the plot of this story, so I'm not going to rehash. Really all I can say is that if you're a fan than you already have an idea of the sort of stories he writes, and this story is exactly THAT.
If you're new to PKD and not really sure if you should pull the trigger, my advice is that if you like somewhat pulpy sci-fi with a lot of complex twists, go for it! If you're a Vonnegut fan I almost promise you'll love it. He and Vonnegut I think are kindred spirits in a Tao sort of way; they're cut from the same cloth IMHO, but PKD isn't nearly as cynical (where cynicism may be Vonnegut's defining characteristic...).
PKD's books can get very complex, but they rarely seem "heavy"... they're great light reading that gives you a lot to think about, perfect for a warm summer day on the beach.
In the story, the concept of war and nuclear bombs play as big a role as many of the main characters, some prone to backstabbing, others armless and legless and growingly resentful. One great theme that emerges is the desperate urge for redemption. But on that quest, can our original goals mutate? In this world many people are mutated, but can their aspirations change rabidly as well?
And where else would you find a story with a planet-orbiting disc-jockey?
"New York, can you pick me up, yet? I want every one of you within the reach of my voice, all sixty-five of you, to quick light up a match so I'll know you're there."
Phil always had big questions, such as "what happens if an auto-defense system fails and starts attacking us?" The answers are explored in his many works and are always worth giving your full attention.
Like some dick novels it can seem without focus to grab you until halfway in.
Like I said, the narrative flows well--it's not terribly confusing, it resolves itself relatively well, but the character development is horrible and the science--which is never Dick's strong suit--is really just magic. The only reason it can be considered science fiction is the satellite and rodent traps.
I read this book at the same time I read "The Outsiders" because my son as reading it in middle school. Though completely different genres, the one thing that struck me is the authenticity of the characters. In "The Outsiders", the characters are real. The development is real. They each have their character arcs, and the impact of their ordeals will stay with you and maybe even change your outlook on life. You would never believe it was written by a high school student.
In Dr. Bloodmoney, which does feel like it was written by a 16 year old, the characters are flat and one dimensional. They are completely unbelievable--they act in unrealistic ways and there is just no way to relate to what they are going through because they are so unrealistic. Without giving too much away (very mild, non character specific spoilers) the way some of them just leave them children behind reinforces the fact that these are not real people. Whereas Dick sometimes has characters with mild mental powers, artificially enhanced intelligence, etc. in this book he simply gives people magic powers. Dick's good books will make you think for weeks, his best books will haunt you forever. Dr. Bloodmoney won't even stay with you for a week.