Joining Hoppy Harrington from Dr. Bloodmoney as a protagonist is Tibor McMasters, the unlikely hero of Deus Irae, a collaborative effort between Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazney. An odd mix of A Canticle for Leibowitz, A Scanner Darkly and Dr. Bloodmoney, Deus Irae is a more serious work than many of PKD’s wild fiction. What does it mea ...more
Deus Irae is extremely short at just under 200 pages, and it feels rushed. Character development is trite to nonex ...more
Appartenente alla tarda produzione di Dick, quella più metafisica/religiosa, quando l'autore aveva comi ...more
Listening to for a podcast. I was bored in the beginning but some scenes catch my attention. Mostly domestic scenes talking about religion really.
For hard core Philip K. Dick fans only, with a special interest in comparing religions. It almost feels like serialized adventures in the desert with strange creatures. I have to admit a main character with no arms or legs is unique. The narrator really brings some annoying characters to life.
The tedious thing about these end times books is that you have three choices:
1. The world is in the process of ending [such as Cormac McCarth ...more
Sixteen years after WWWIII, in a post-Christian society the God of Wrath has replaced the God of the New Testament. As with the Christian God, there is an earthly embodiment, the scientist who created the weapon that killed over a billion people, Carl Lufteufel.
A partly-mechanised painter made limbless by the war ...more
This is pretty much Dr. Bloodmoney + the theology of the VALIS trilogy. AND THERE IS NOTHING NOT-AMAZING ABOUT THAT. It's still funny and quirky, too.
I'm sure this is thanks to Zelazny, but this is one of the better written PKD books too (well, I'm sure any PKD book would feel that way after reading Clans of the Alphane Moon, but hey), and I actually would recommend this book to someone who just started reading PKD.
Tibor McMasters artista pellegrino di un mondo immerso negli incubi e nei sogni di una catastrofe prodotta dagli uomini, soavemente candido e spaurito, eppure infinitamente saggio nelle sue incertezze. Pete Sands, un giovane cristiano inviato segretamente in missione per proteggere la sua Chesa vacillante. U mondo devastato dlla Terza Guerra Mondiale, sottilmente inquinato, popolato di creature strane, assurde, perfino aliene. Una nuova e potente religione, il culto dei Servi dell'Ira, che ha tr...more
Much of the story has a mythic quality which gives the impression there are deep psychological truths to be found in the tale - or maybe that's just the drugs talking. The conversations often feel quaintly dated by the 70s i ...more
The story begins after a nuclear holocaust has destroyed all that is familiar, including humanity’s faith in a benevolent God. Out of the ashes arises a mighty new religion based on fear and death – worship of the God of Wrath, the Deus Irae.
Two men, one an armless and legless artist, and the other a youn ...more
World War III end ...more
Nonostante le buone premesse però, qui ci si trascina stancamente attraverso fasi mediamente ripetitive. La caratterizzazione dei personaggi inoltre, è lasciata un pò a se stessa, senza incisività nè originalità: alcuni avrebbero potuto essere definiti meglio, poichè hanno del potenziale, ma sono lasciati come macchie sullo sfondo, ...more
Il Dio dell'Ira, come per i Cristiani, è Carlton Lufteufel, eletto a divinità per aver ordinato, da presidente, di distruggere il mondo con le armi atomiche ...more
Recently, when deciding what to read next, I realized I hadn’t read any Dick in a while. Also, it came to my attention that it’d been some time since I last leveled-up in my ongoing quest to read all of Zelazny’s books. Thankfully, Deus Irae came to the rescue and solved both problems at once.
Reviews I’ve read about this book have said that it isn’t as good as either author’s solo efforts, and I have to agree, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. If nothing else, Tibor McMasters is one of t ...more
It reads like a re-work of Dr. Bloodmoney (1965) but stripped down, which is odd because its a build up of Dick's short story The Great C. Which brings up the first Great Thing about Deus Irae, the Great C - I could use a whole lot more detail about her/it. At least another 10,000 words or so about this Wraith-Computer-Sphinx, plus another 2,000 per chapter to explain what the hell was going on.
Which brings me to Confusing ...more
Ce livre raconte donc la recherche, par un jeune homme tronc et dans un unvers post-apocalyptique, du Dieu de colère, un homme qui a provoqué le cataclysme.
Enfin ça, c'est ce que raconte la quatrième de couverture. 'histoire
quant à elle nous place dans un monde d'après la Guerre (vous savez, celle qui aurait déja dû avoir lieu et qui, mystérieus ...more
This novel is either much cleverer than me or considerably stupid dressed up as clever. I'm really ambivalent about the whole thing. It is an experience, bits of which are thought provoking if not exactly enjoyable, leaving me feeling like I have been exposed to some modernist architecture. Much work has clearly gone into it, but was it worth it?
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