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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  4,131 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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Cover Artist: Jack Gaughan
Mass Market Paperback, F-337, 222 pages
Published 1965 by Ace Books
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I have absolutely no idea how this book lost its fourth star and ended up as a very strong 3. Ironically, in one respect, this was a breakthrough novel for me because something about PKD’s reality-blurring narrative style of addled consciousness really clicked with me for the first time. Now I loved The Man in the High Castle and thought that A Scanner Darkly was both original and very moving. However, my enjoyment of those works occurred despite his confused/warped non-reality format, not part
mark monday
Dick places his absurdist situations, bleak scenarios, and quirky characters within an almost pastoral post-apocalyptic san francisco-bay area. the setting is primarily a small town in marin, with everyday people slowly trying to rebuild themselves and their world. the writing is typically loose and off-kilter. results are sublime. and very strange, per usual. two oddly endearing yet threatening characters stood out for me amongst the compellingly diverse cast: Hoppy Harrington - cringing, delud ...more
Philip K. Dick's Dr. Bloodmoney Or How We Got Along After the Bomb is a post-nuclear apocalyptic dark comedy taking its title from the popular Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove. Though the novel is not related to Kubrick’s movie, the action could occur after the end of Dr. Strangelove as the world copes with life after the bombs fell. It is also vaguely reminiscent of Ayn Rand or, murkily, darkly resembling a John Steinbeck work.

Dr. Bloodmoney represents PKD’s best use of eclectic characteri
And so I've made it through the second of the Library of America's Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s none the worse for wear. Dr. Bloodmoney is a classic piece of 60s-style nuclear agitprop. While nearly every Philip K. Dick book that I've yet read can readily be classed as dystopian fiction, I think Dr. Bloodmoney is the work of his that comes closest to living up to the classic post-nuclear armageddon scenario envisioned in Earth Abides or A Canticle For Leibowitz. Still, this is Dick, so the ...more
This is probably the weakest PKD book I've read. Not that it was especially bad, it just didn't really work for me on any level.

At no point did I find myself particularly engrossed and enjoying the story. The narrative, fragmented by numerous points of view of the disparate characters whose futures eventually become loosely entwined later on in the novel, and punctuated by random time intervals between chapters, it didn't flow well at all, especially for the first half of the novel.

Here are som
I keep hearing how great PKD is, but after 40 years of trying his works intermittently, I'm still not convinced. He's one of the few authors that I think Hollywood helps rather than harms. Nothing about this story was particularly good or compelling. It's post apocalyptic & I can think of half a dozen that did a far better job of it. None of the characters were particularly interesting, the writing was mediocre & my suspension of disbelief was sorely tried at times. The reader was pretty ...more
The Crimson Fucker
I usually come to decisions during long showers… I run all this scenarios in my head… and eventually end up picking the one that “feels” better for me… I haven’t got time to take long showers lately… anyway the other night when my so call “friend” decided to delete me from his goodreads friend list I was hurt! I mean I was actually hurt! There I am thinking that this guy is just joking around and being funny when he said all those horrible things to me… I was laughing at this guy’s wits thinking ...more
It's a non-sequitur to say that this is an odd PKD novel, since all his novels are, but this one strikes me as different from his other books. It features an odd collection of characters trying to rebuild their lives in a post-nuclear attack world in Marin County. There are various mutations in humans and animals alike due to radiation exposure, and civilization has been taken back many decades due to the collapse of industrial society.

Unfortunately, the sense of reality-bending and realization
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Okay, so. Trying to write about Dr Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb without spoiling the shit out of it for people who haven't read it is NIGH ON IMPOSSIBLE but I'm going to give it my best shot (especially since I know of at least one person reading this that was considering it for their next PKD read).

It's made especially difficult because I have so many highlighted passages that I want to talk about, but without the context of the book, or sufficient expl
Charles Dee Mitchell
Thank God for editors. PKD proposed two titles for this post-nuclear apocalypse novel: In Earth's Diurnal Course and A Terran Odyssey. Donald Wolheim at Ace come up with Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb. Wolheim's title might have been a flagrant effort to cash in on Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, but at least it did not include the word "diurnal," and it did give some hint to what the book is about.

This is one of the dozen or so novels PKD wrote in 1963/64, but due to the
DR.BLOODMONEY is a seriously disturbing post apocalyptic novel, but also pretty upbeat compared to some of the other Dick novels that I have read. The novel begins with scenes of life after some kind of nuclear war/fallout. Everyone seems to have put the war behind them and seem to be moving on with their daily city life when there are more nuclear explosions (apparently caused by a scientist who was responsible for the first nuclear fallout and now believes the whole world is out to get him).

Scott A. Nicholson
This was just weird, even for PKD standards. Doctor Bluthgeld, a physicist purportedly responsible for some terrible tragedy that aversely effected the world, develops a psychological complex similar to schizophrenia and, fearing that everyone is out to get him, wills a nuclear apocalypse to happen somehow. The story mainly follows the aftermath of this Emergency Day through a handful of characters centering on a little outoftheway suburb. The characters are diverse enough, but never reasonably ...more
I dont think this book is among my fav PKD books or that is one of his best written. The storytelling was not as strong as the characters.

What made it good was the regular people cast of characters that he wrote so well,so flawed, so realistic. His take on post apocalyptic was also was very strong,very weird,depressing.

Another weakness is that it felt dated at times which is unsual for PKD.
-El costumbrismo postapocalíptico según Dick.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En la pequeña localidad de Point Reyes sus habitantes viven una cotidianidad llena de peculiaridades que se ve interrumpida por la Tercera Guerra Mundial. En cuanto pueden, los supervivientes rehacen sus vidas, ajustando sus personalidades a la nueva situación tanto como les resulta posible (o eso creen ellos). Novela también conocida por su nombre original “Dr. Bloodmoney”, y en alguna ocasión publicada j
The Basics

Through the course of this story, we follow the beginning of the end of the world, then the progress of those who manage to survive it. At the center of a post-apocalyptic community is Hoppy Harrington, a physically handicapped young man with psychic powers. In this new world, he sees his chance to hold what is left of humanity under his power.

My Thoughts

That summary really only covers a portion of the story, but it’s also the most solid center of it. There are other characters we foll
David Ceballos Correa
Disfruté cada página del libro y ya se cuál va a ser el siguiente que leeré del Sr. Dick. El argumento de la novela es simple: Las bombas caen, desde el cielo o desde casa o desde el enemigo. El hecho en sí mismo es irrelevante; lo importante acá son las consecuencias. Una reflexión temprana del Dr. Stockstill es la siguiente: “Es lo impersonal lo que nos ha atacado. Eso es; nos ha atacado desde dentro y desde fuera. El fin de la cooperación, a la que nos habíamos aplicado todos juntos. Ahora no ...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
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This is my new favourite Philip K Dick book. It was totally fantastic! Post-apocalyptic and apocalyptic and grand. It's confussing and intrieguing. It seems like the apocalypse has already happened and people are living in a much harsher version of 1981 and then the bombs fall. There are some brilliant and amazind descriptions of the awfullness of being bombed. The post-apocalyptic society is interesting in that it doesn't change as much as many other post-apocalyptic novels. It's an odd blend b ...more
Babak Fakhamzadeh
Set in post world war three era, where small pockets of remnants of civilization try to stay afloat, slowly managing to survive after nuclear weapons have leveled most of the wold. Written in 1964 and set in the mid 80s, this is one of Dicks more accessible works, but also, perhaps, one of his less interesting. The number of post apocalyptic books and movies based on a similar premise is astounding. Not that that makes this novel less impressive, it just makes it less extraordinary and, in a sen ...more
I'm a big fan of Dick (wait, that came out wrong...), but I didn't like this book very much. I'm not sure exactly why, but on thinking about it now I come to the conclusion that it's largely just because it made me uncomfortable. Hoppy is a great and unique character, but he seems to have all sorts of weird implications to his origins. Even within the story, he makes people uncomfortable. It's this strange mix of the undeniable pity-producing tragedy of his situation, his complete lack of any so ...more
Dick is a noted Sci Fi author who likes to weave in elements of pulp fiction into reality bending sci fi. While he seems to have died more or less penniless, he is now recognized as one of the foremost science fiction writers of the 20th Century. The prescience of his work may explain why such enormous films as Bladerunner, Minority Report, Total Recall, Screamers and Scanner Darkley were all based on his writings.

In particular, his interest in the interplay between artificial worlds seems to h
Jeremy Adam
I've been reading through PKD slowly, slowly, procrastinating against the day when I will have no PKD to read. This is the most recent book of his I read, shortly before a sojourn at the Mesa Writers' Refuge in Point Reyes. Dr. Bloodmoney is really a series of character studies, taking place in a post-apocalyptic Point Reyes, each one marked by PKD's usual level of psychological insight. The moral dynamics between the characters are wonderfully drawn. PKD is popularly thought of as being a "trip ...more
This is an exceptionally odd book. It is a very slow burn—it winds its way very deliberately over the lives of a number of odd characters both before and after a thermonuclear attack. It builds to an exceptionally odd climax regarding quite a number of bizarre telepathic characters (one of whom is a wonderful Edward Teller caricature). It's one of those books that if you tried to explain the plot to someone else, they'd think it was just plain ridiculous. And maybe it is. At the time I was readi ...more
Traumatic turmoil in Philip K. Dick books is usually internal/mental/psychological, so it was surprising and impressive how visceral and effective his portrayal of the nuclear devastation of San Francisco and surroundings is in the beginning of this novel.

The rest of the novel follows various survivors and mutants, and the attempts at re-building communities in San Francisco and Marin. Dick's post-apocalypse world is quirky and interesting, but the book is undone at the end by piling too many ou
Matt Denninger
The back cover describes one character as bent on the survival of goodness in a world devastated in evil. This character repeatdly cheats on her husband and wishes her daughter would burn to death in a bomb blast just because she has mutated (lots of weird shit I this book). I don't have to like the characters to like the book but when the storyline also sucks and I can't determine the point of the book (was this one written during one of his imfamous drug induced blackouts?) it officially sucks ...more
Un classico della fantascienza "di denuncia", un romanzo che racchiude tutta l'essenza di Philip K. Dick, ironica, sarcastica, triste e visionaria.
La bomba c'è stata. L'attacco nucleare - il secondo - si è scatenato, ed ora il mondo è un cumulo di macerie abitato da sopravvissuti che tentano disperatamente di trovare un'ordine, una forma di organizzazione per cercare di andare avanti.
Si è precipitati in un'era curiosa, pretecnologica ma consapevole, dove animali mutanti ed esseri umani devasta
Dr. Bloodmoney earns its four stars primarily for atmosphere and description. Dick does an exceptional job of presenting the sheer terror of a nuclear attack, followed by the sheer horror of life in its aftermath. The equally harrowing miniseries The Day After must owe this book at least some debt.

However, unlike The Day After, the actual plot of Dr. Bloodmoney is really, really stupid. The most interesting character is Stuart McConchie, a cynical salesman before and after the war, but Dick drif
Mario Gámez
Dick era un adelantado a su tiempo, tal como Asimov, H. G. Wells y Julio Verne. Sus novelas intrigantes respecto al cuestionamiento de la realidad son sublimes y desgarradoras, lo dejan a uno siempre con la incertidumbre de si nuestra realidad es de verdad y no una ilusión. Maneja la realidad a su antojo.

En el tema post-apocalíptico no decepciona. En esta obra atisbamos referencias que serán utilizadas posteriormente en muchas otras más, en la literatura por Stephen King y Cormac McCarthy, y en
Excellent story. I couldn't remember it at all from when I read it back in the late 70's or so. It's a post-nuclear disaster type story. Well-written, interesting, a real page-turner. So many interesting concepts; the different mutations, how people trying to get on after the disaster. Nice Philip K. Dick twists. I found I couldn't put it down at the end and wanted to see how things were resolved. Excellent story.
Matteo Pellegrini
Molti, e spesso impressionanti, sono stati finora i romanzi che Urania ha pubblicato sulla catastrofe atomica e il dopobomba. Ma leggendo questo di Dick, si ha l'impressione che l'argomento sia stato trattato finora quasi bonariamente, all'acqua di rose addirittura. Qui il groviglio delle mutazioni - indotte non soltanto dalle radiazioni ma connesse con altri orrori, come quello del Talidomide - raggiunge un livello inaudito di mostruosità e crudeltà. Per sentimentalismi, pudori, ottimismi dell ...more
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memo ...more
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“I'm tired and I want to rest; I want to get out of this and go lie down somewhere, off where it's dark and no one speaks. Forever.” 25 likes
“phocomelus Hoppy Harrington generally wheeled up to Modern TV Sales & Service about eleven each morning. He generally glided into the shop, stopping his cart by the counter, and if Jim Fergesson was around he asked to be allowed to go downstairs to watch the two TV repairmen at work. However, if Fergesson was not around, Hoppy gave up and after a while wheeled off, because he knew that the salesmen would not let him go downstairs;' they merely ribbed him, gave him the run-around. He did not mind. Or at least as far as Stuart McConchie could tell, he did not mind.” 3 likes
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