I decided to take a quick listen to Total Recall, which is actually the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," which was then adapted into the movie Total Recall. The story itself hasn't changed, so I'm not sure why they renamed it for this release, except for name recognition.
Phil Gigante does a great job as narrator, making the interesting decision of po...more
Total Recall, like many of Philip K. Dick’s works, is sci-fi heavy and thought provoking. It takes place sometime in the future (view spoiler)[as travel to Mars is possible, but pricey, and traveling from Chicago to New York is pretty quick. (hide spoiler)] The movie, which is both inspired and named after this book, Total Recall, is surprisingly more intricate and complex than the book.
I chose this book because of its author, Philip K. Dick, who had written other books that I had enjoyed, n...more
I wanted to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but We Can Remember It for You Wholesale kind of jumped out at me first and I decided to give it a whirl.
Douglas Quail lives the boring life of a clerk. He dreams about goi...more
Unfortunately, it isn't much more than that. Phillip K. Dick runs this story with a breathtaking pace, which ultimately doesn't leave anything but the idea itself.
Of course, it is a both fascinating and interesting idea in terms of potential. A clerk lives a boring life, but has this desire to go to Mars and constantly daydreams about it. He visits a company t...more
I liked it mostly because of the odd ending. It made me laugh out of a mixture of the absurdity and irony of it. That's always a plus in my book.
Other than the ending, I found the concept intriguing and terrifying. Another plus. However, I felt that a lot could have been ad...more
The problem with rating any collection of short stories is that often each short story will differ in quality. Not every story will be breathtaking or reach into the reader's soul and appeal to them on a personal as well as a literary level. There are exceptions (Chekhov i particular comes to mind) however this volume (originally We Can Remember It For You Wholesale) follows the general trend of having several brilliant stories close to the beginning and middle and fading towards the en...more
“Total Recall” or “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” a short story by Philip K. Dick, challenges you to separate the story-true from the story-false. Douglas Quail wants to go to Mars; his wife thinks he’s obsessed; since he’s a clerk with no plausible way to go, he settles for a simulated trip, which can be embedded in his memory—or so the story begins. It develops into something quite different. The fantastic and the story-real merge. Why does the author go to these length...more
I enjoyed the story well enough. The main character is not a douche bag for once, which is kind of surprising as all of PKD's characters I've read so far are kind of assholes, and the twists of the story are pretty fun. The idea of having memories of experiences you can't affor...more
Douglas Quail can't stop thinking about Mars, but he can't afford to go. That's why he decides to visit Rekal, Incorporated. A place that can give you false memories.
Problem is, when they're about to do the memory implant they find out that Quail has already been to Mars--on a mission. And as soon as he remembers, government agents track him down...
This is an entertai...more
The stories covered are the most coherent of the authors short stories, before drugs took him totally off into lala world. The title story is ruined for me by the controversy over whether it was an implanted memory or real, when the proper “Governat...more
There... is a big difference!
I won't spoil anything, it's about a guy who want's to go to Mars as a secret Agent, but can't afford it in his lifetime so he goes to a place where they will give him the memory of doing this. It doesn't work, he's...more
The writing is good, tho the end result of the story is a bit far fetched. T...more
Philip K. Dick had a massive sense of irony, and this is an excellent demonstration of how that plays out in Doug's l...more
For readers who - think that they - are unfamiliar with We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, let me tell you that it was already adapted into movies, TWICE! Namely, "Total Recall". Ho...more
I've never read a story by Phillip K. Dick that I didn't like, and this one didn't disappoint.
The premise is super interesting, and the story is very fun. My favorite line from the whole story was: "anything you think may be held against you." I wish the plot were more fleshed out, I think this would be a great novel. But that's my only complaint. I rea...more
In the preface to my edition, Philip K. Dick writes about the paranoia humans feel because of the age-old fear of predators, and that these stories of the future are really of the past. The question of whether it's worth it to "fulfill" your desires by essentiall...more
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The short story could be found online via some library. It is scan to be viewed format, not e and no real. Weird.
OK. The first part is like the movie. But ....
The reason is so different. I like it. Still, I don't think the short story could turn into a movie without changing it.
An enjoyable short story, that sees the main antagonist, Douglas Quail, obsessed with going to Mars and booking into Rekall Incorporated to have memories of a trip to Mars implanted, but things go awry.
Worth picking up for a quick read, it is a short story after all, and to read the origins of the films.