The book is filled with a host of Dick's most memorable characters: Hoppy Harrington, a deformed mutant with telekinetic powers; Walt Dangerfield, a selfless disc jockey stranded in a satellite circling the globe; Dr. Bluthgeld, the megalomaniac physicist largely responsible for the decimated state of the world; and Stuart McConchie and Bonnie Keller, two unremarkable people bent on the survival of goodness in a world devastated by evil.
Epic and alluring, Dr. Bloodmoney brilliantly depicts Dick's undying hope in humanity.
©1993 Laura Coelho, Christopher Dick, and Isa Hackett; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[A] brilliant, idiosyncratic, formidably intelligent writer....Dick illuminates. He casts light. He gives off a radiance." (Washington Post)
I purchased this book and listened to it over a year ago; and I find that after all this time I keep referring to it as a reference point to what is a great book perfectly narrated.
My library has 206 books in it now that I've listened to, and this book is probably in my top ten. It made Tom Weiner one of my favorite narrators (who also did "Armor" so well) and made me listen to several other Philip K. Dick books.
Thanks, Audible.com, for presenting this book.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
As a newcommer to P K Dick only this year, this story has left me smiling. I love his imagination and wit. The main source of motivation for those survivors on Earth after a major event, is circling the world alone in a spacecraft. And inside the belly of a little girl on Earth, is the brother, who saves the world's hope. This a martini with a twist of lemon, or the bloody mary with pepper and lemon. If you like your SF, then I highly recommend this story. It is a story of the 'power' of a few 'one's'. An individual's choices and actions are important.
"... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^
"In a way there are no freaks, no abnormalities, except in the statistical sense. This is an unusual situation, but it’s not something to horrify us, actually it ought to make us happy. Life per se is good, and this is one form which life takes. There’s no special pain here, no cruelty or suffering. In fact there is solicitude and tenderness."
- Philip K Dick in Dr. Bloodmoney
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs floating dead (after an atmospheric nuclear accident) in the pool?
What do you call a man (a Thalidomide baby) with no arms and no legs who fixes things, has strong powers of psychokinesis (which helps a man with no arms and no legs to fix things), and has survived a nuclear holocaust?
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a pile of leaves after a near-lethal adventure inside of an owl?
What do you call a conjoined twin brother/sentient fetus/homunculus/tumor baby within his sister's body, who talks to the dead and has been yearning for an independent existence?
What do you call a dog with no hind legs and steel balls that chases mutant rats?
What do you call a man who was launched into space to colonize Mars, but ends up trapped in a satellite rotating Earth and somehow ends up becoming an omnipresent disc jockey in orbit?
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs no head and no torso?
What do you call one of my favorite sic-fi writers who wrote like 45 novels and kinda redefined sic-fi after 1970? A guy who writes crazy characters, has a funky relationship with God, man, and drugs?
PHILIP K DICK!!!
The later works of this sensitive, prophetic writer show his growth, his deeper understanding of human psychological aberrations, our universal need for love and meaning; in fact, anything you, the reader, want to see between the lines, or hear in the nuanced and perfect characterizations of his best reader, Tom Weiner, is there to be found. The questions will put you in a pensive state until the day...
It is not possible to be disappointed with a Philip K. Dick novel or short story. "Horselover Fat," which he proclaims as his alter ego (Philip Dick as translated to German), is evidence of P.D.'s endearing self-effacing humility.
Never does this writer believe he is giving you the answer to humanity's questionable future, but he then proceeds to give you the most precise foretelling of our future, hidden from view, as it should be.
Read him and love him. Love humankind and the world we have inherited.
You will not find any of these important themes in the films taken from his work, no matter what anyone says.
Great book!!!! I think you should listen twice to fully appreciate it. I really enjoy being in PKD's world. Interesting concepts
Sci-fi is supposed to have a timeless quality but this book felt extremely dated, both in language and themes. None of the characters had any redeeming qualities, and evidently in this author's world, no one has genuine feelings for anyone else, not even their own children.
While it did have one or two interesting concepts, I had to force myself to finish it. (I'm not a quitter - I'll finish all but the most desperately awful books.) I really don't recommend it unless you owe penance for something really naughty.
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