The Lit Lounge: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Book Review

Welcome to the Lit Lounge, my fellow bookworms! Today, we embark on a thrilling journey into the captivating world of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? As AI technology continues to make waves in the news and seep into our lives through platforms like Chat GPT, I consciously decided to elevate this book on my To Be Read List. Being a devoted fan of the original Blade Runner movie, I’ve always had a personal rule of seeking out the original text whenever a beloved film is adapted from a book. There’s an undeniable magic in immersing oneself in the author’s words, allowing their thoughts and vision to unfold without the lens of someone else’s interpretation. And so, with a sense of anticipation, I prepared to embark on an adventure that would challenge my perceptions and tug at my heartstrings, all while delving into the profound connection between humanity and nature.

A humanoid robot is like any other machine; it can fluctuate between being a benefit and a hazard very rapidly.

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

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a remarkable and thought-provoking novel that transports readers to a hauntingly vivid dystopian world. Written in 1968, it offers a fascinating glimpse into a future that, in the book’s timeline, would have been two years in the past from my perspective as I write this review in 2023. This time difference adds an intriguing layer of reflection and contemplation to the reading experience.
Despite being written over five decades ago, the themes explored in this book remain strikingly relevant in today’s world. Dick’s exploration of advanced artificial intelligence, the nature of humanity, and the moral implications of our technological advancements are as thought-provoking now as when the book was first published. It serves as a reminder of the timeless questions we continue grappling with in our rapidly evolving technological landscape.
The fact that the novel was written in the late 1960s also offers a unique perspective on the author’s future vision. While some aspects of the book’s portrayal may seem dated or divergent from our current reality, it is fascinating to observe the parallels and divergences between the book’s imagined future and the world we live in today. Through Dick’s masterful writing style, the desolate and eerie landscape comes to life, engaging the senses and leaving a lasting impact. The author’s attention to detail and vivid descriptions create a multisensorial experience, enabling readers to visualize and feel the bleakness and desolation that permeate the story.
The story encourages readers to reflect on how our societal progress aligns or diverges from the predictions made in the past. The book’s enduring relevance and ability to provoke contemplation about the trajectory of our society are genuinely remarkable. The narrative’s exploration of identity, empathy, and the impact of technology resonates deeply, serving as a reminder that the ethical dilemmas and existential questions posed by the advancement of artificial intelligence are not bound by time. Recent strides in AI technology were the catalyst behind why I decided to read this book now.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? stands as a testament to Philip K. Dick’s visionary storytelling and his ability to craft a world that transcends its temporal origins. As I reflect on the book’s themes from my position in 2023, I am reminded of the power of literature to illuminate our present and future by challenging our assumptions and provoking profound reflection.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? remains a compelling and thought-provoking read, even from the vantage point of 2023, years after the time in which the book takes place. Its timeless themes and visionary storytelling continue to captivate readers, reminding us of the enduring power of speculative fiction to shed light on the human condition in any era.

Human spirit in vivid colorful universe. 3D rendering

In the realm of literature, there are books that not only entertain but also leave us with a deep sense of gratitude and introspection. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is undeniably one of those books for me. As I turned the final page, I was reminded of the preciousness of life in a world teeming with vibrant creatures and the fragility of our environment. It serves as a poignant reminder to cherish the songbirds, frogs, sheep, cows, and all the wonders of nature that surround us. The recent air quality alert served as a stark wake-up call, reminding me of how swiftly our circumstances can shift from good to dire. Yet, like the resilient human spirit, nature has an incredible ability to heal and recover when given the necessary time and space. While we may not be living on Mars as of 2023, exploring it as a potential backup plan reflects our collective awareness of the need to safeguard our planet. Philip K. Dick’s writing style has captivated me, and I eagerly anticipate diving into his other works, such as The Man in the High Castle and Ubik, both already on my ever-growing To Be Read list. Through his thought-provoking narratives, he challenges our perceptions and creates a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between humanity, technology, and our world. As I bid farewell to this journey, I am left with a renewed sense of awe and an unwavering commitment to cherish and protect the planet we call home.

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August Reads & Listens

I can’t believe it’s September 1st already. I am in awe of how quickly this summer has whizzed by, as it seems like minutes ago we were discussing possibilities for the summer while planting the garden.

As August started, I was ready for a classic summer beach read and picked Summer of ’69 since someone had donated to the little library that I run and it looked interesting. This was the second of her novels that I have read, I read Winter Street two winters ago when I was looking for a book to match the season. Hilderbran seems to be good for that as she as many other seasonal titles. Besides my first brush with Summer of ’69 in the little free library, I enjoy reading historical fiction which is also something else that drew me to this title.

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Those were the days!
Want to spend part of your summer on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket without having to spend a fortune? Reading Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand is just the ticket – no lines, no delays, no cancellations, no reservations, and a lot cheaper. The story is about a family on Nantucket, and one of the daughters has taken a summer job on neighboring Martha’s Vineyard. Hilderbrand’s intimate knowledge and experience from her time on Nantucket made it easy for her to set such a vivid scene. She weaves personal details of the time that authenticate the period and demonstrate how much times have changed. Summer of ’69 is an interesting historical fiction novel but an equally terrific beach read. Hilderbrand covers all the hot points from the civil and women’s rights movements to the war in Vietnam, the moon launch, Woodstock, and Chappaquiddick. It’s a multi-generational story told by multiple family members – a great way to see how the times affected everybody and let the reader know each character. I loved how Hilderbrand used the names of classic songs from sixties bands like Buffalo Springfield and Jefferson Airplane. Great book, and if they ever make a movie, the soundtrack will be fantastic! Now I am curious and think I will put her other book, Summer of ’79, on my TBR list.
I listened to the audiobook and Erin Bennett does a great job with the narration. 13 hours, 34 minutes

One of the things that I have been doing as I go through my Goodreads challenges is to read books that I have been meaning to read ever since I was in high school or college. There are tons of books I may have started and not finished or meant to get to but never did. I believe The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of those books that I wanted to read but life got in the way until now.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cross the hilarity of Monty Python’s Flying Circus with Kurt Vonnegut’s dry wit, and you have Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It is a whimsical science fiction classic, but the humor may not be for everyone. The book has a cultish following, as fellow hitchhikers love to quote from it. Try asking your Alexa what the answer to life is. I recommend the book to those who enjoy British humor. Stephen Fry does an excellent job narrating.

I love my Literati Book Club, it has exposed me to so many authors and genres, I particularly like the fact that you can change the club you are in if you don’t like the upcoming book, you just have to switch clubs by the 17th of the month. I’ve been in a bunch of clubs at this point, I am currently in Cheryl Strayed’s Wild Reads club and reading Kat Chow’s Seeing Ghosts. Last month I was in Brynn Elliott’s The Art of Philosophy club. That club’s aim is ” to empower readers with the tools to seek out philosophical insight and creative inspiration in their daily lives.” I decided to take a chance with reading the August selection since it was a book of poetry. I don’t generally read poetry but have been trying to broaden my horizons. Plus the way this summer has been going for me, I thought I should give it a chance.

All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living by Morgan Harper Nichols

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have never been a huge fan of poetry, but I enjoyed reading this book. I read this as part of my Literati book club selection in The Art of Philosophy club. The proems of beautifully written and uplifting. My biggest complaint about the book however would be the use of too small of a font size for a number of poems which made reading them extremely difficult. Also the use of white type also sometimes too small on a light colored background. I would have given the book a higher rating however these things took away from my overall reading experience.

So far I am 47 books into my Goodreads challenge which is 81% of my goal of 58 books. I spent a lot of time this summer working on my own book which is set to be released any day now. I will write a separate post regarding that book once it has been officially released. Needless say I am extremely excited about it since I have physically been working on this project for over two years, although the seed was initially planted almost 30 years ago!

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