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Dr. Bloodmoney: Or How We Got Along after the Bomb | [Philip K. Dick]

Dr. Bloodmoney: Or How We Got Along after the Bomb

Philip K. Dick's post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece presents a mesmerizing vision of a world transformed, where technology has reverted back to the 19th century, animals have developed speech and language, and humans must deal with both physical mutations and the psychological repercussions of the disaster they have caused.
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Philip K. Dick's post-nuclear-holocaust masterpiece presents a mesmerizing vision of a world transformed, where technology has reverted back to the 19th century, animals have developed speech and language, and humans must deal with both physical mutations and the psychological repercussions of the disaster they have caused.

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.

What the Critics Say

"[A] brilliant, idiosyncratic, formidably intelligent writer....Dick illuminates. He casts light. He gives off a radiance." (Washington Post)

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    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 01-25-10
    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 01-25-10 Member Since 2007
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    "One of my favorite audio books"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 12-19-08
    Sandy 12-19-08

    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.

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    "A true joy"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Woodland Hills, CA, United States 05-26-08
    Kenneth Woodland Hills, CA, United States 05-26-08 Member Since 2005
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    "P.K. Dick: America's H.G. Wells"

    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.

    Kenneth

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 04-25-09
    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 04-25-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Very Good Book"

    Very strange book, but very good book! Some of Dicks best work.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Keizer, OR, United States 02-12-10
    Ronda Keizer, OR, United States 02-12-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Ugh!"

    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.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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