Wow! I haven't yet read any fiction by Philip K Dick, but decided to read this interview just to get a feel for what he was like. And.. wow. He was su...moreWow! I haven't yet read any fiction by Philip K Dick, but decided to read this interview just to get a feel for what he was like. And.. wow. He was such an enthusiastic person. He can go on for pages and pages (this was a spoken interview- so they were really just long ranting tirades) about things that are all at once fascinating, confusing, and just.. fucking weird. I think he was a very creative guy, and some of his ideas, about biochips and all that, are certainly unique and well expressed and actually fairly logical. Some of his explanations, though, I find hard to follow. Mostly anything that deals with his religious experiences. Because, not to be rude (because I do think he seemed to be a clever and highly intellectual man), I think he was a bit delusional. Literally.
"But for almost eight years I’ve been in touch with some kind of mind that has given every evidence of being God, including the words and everything. And I know now that it’s another species of life. That would seem to us like apes, subhuman. They have been preparing us all this time, for several thousand years through our religion to accept them because they are really different from us. I mean, they are not like anything on this earth. And it’s literally taken three thousand, four thousand years, to acclimatize mankind, now, for this meeting between us and them. Because they don’t want us to pull away from them. And they know from experience that when one civilization, when one planet meets another the shock is unbelievable...And now the time has come when we are going to see them as they are. They don’t look like Jesus. They’re ugly, they’re horrible but they are like Jesus spiritually...But they are something so awful-looking. They don’t have any ears. They can’t talk. Doesn’t have any hands. Looks like a praying mantis. Looks like a praying mantis. I mean, that’s- I know, I know like, right, yeah, see? But that’s how they know they’re going to look to us"
Alright then. He also had other "visions" which I wont explain in depth. He also claimed that things happened in reality that he had written in the past in his books- like he'd "meet" one of his characters. Definitely all very spiritual/religious/wacky, his personal experiences.
But whether or not you agree personally with his ideas/understand his experiences, I totally recommend this. Though, just as a warning, he summarizes (in a rambly kind of way) a lot of his books, so if you don't want them to be "spoiled" I'd hold off on reading this.
Oh, and he was so excited about the movie Blade Runner (Based off of his book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) which was in post-production, I believe, at the time of this interview. He kept going on about how the movie didn't use special affects, wasn't a "movie", it was it's own world. Literally. Which is an interesting take- he definitely had a well developed sense of the fantastic, the other-wordly. Shame he died before getting to see the movie. Or writing his novel "The Owl in Daylight", which he talks very excitedly about- it sounded like it would have been amazing.
Ohoh, and the whole idea of our world being a heaven for other beings.. and our heaven being someone else's world. Totally fascinating. And the way he ties together color/music/mathematics. Just plain rad. I could keep going but I'll stop. (less)
I started this and got incredibly bored and annoyed. The protagonist girl is so obnoxious and whiny. I guess it's "normal" to be full of angst at 17 o...moreI started this and got incredibly bored and annoyed. The protagonist girl is so obnoxious and whiny. I guess it's "normal" to be full of angst at 17 or whatever but A SEXY VAMPIRE MAN IS IN LOVE WITH YOU. Come on. Your life is pretty rad. Anyway. I'm not gonna attempt to read it again. (less)
Okay, Tort, I was able to predict plot twist before the protagonist but... not by much. Around page 70 I knew the twist but not the... specific "thing...moreOkay, Tort, I was able to predict plot twist before the protagonist but... not by much. Around page 70 I knew the twist but not the... specific "thing". Then I finally realized the "thing" and felt stupid b/c there were a lot of hints. The names.. and other things. I'm trying not to be spoilery. I like the themes in this book.. love and magic..and stuff. But I feel like the book was end-heavy (that is, all the really cool stuff happened in like the last 50 pages rather than the preceding 150). But, it wasn't bad. The "battle" scene was pretty cool. OH also, no wonder Peter S Beagle liked it, it is totally remniscient of The Last Unicorn, eh? With like..the way she...remembers. You know? Also.. the very end was kind of lamez.
Pretty nice.. nothing earth-shattering as far as the plotline goes since I've, you know, seen the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast". I don't know if...morePretty nice.. nothing earth-shattering as far as the plotline goes since I've, you know, seen the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast". I don't know if I can get used to the way fantasy novels are often like 95% backstory/setup, 5% payoff/climax. It's like all the gooood shit is in the last 20 pages... I wished there was more after that. Oh well. McKinley is a good author.(less)
I think people are far too harsh in their reviews of this book. This may not be Barker's most enlightening, mind-boggling book, but it is amusing. And...moreI think people are far too harsh in their reviews of this book. This may not be Barker's most enlightening, mind-boggling book, but it is amusing. And sufficiently creepy/gross. It was evil and heatheny and full of atrocities. I liked it. However, the climax was lacking..I kind of expected something more exciting. To be fair, the demon kind of admits that. And every few pages the demon narrator, Jabok, goes on and on about how you should BURN THIS BOOK as an act of mercy and how he's gonna totally kill you, the reader, if you don't comply. I've never been so threatened by a narrator before.. though it got old pretty fast and I just wanted to hear the actual story.
Oh, also there is a hilarious scene involving bathing in dead baby's blood (well, the babies had to be alive when the blood was harvested, so it was fresh). That alone warrants a whole star.
Also, I love Barker's ability to be humorous AND vile at the same time. TALENT.
The writing in this novel is very good. I'm not used to reading about such feministy, nice vampires. Surprisingly, I didn't dislike it. I liked it a l...moreThe writing in this novel is very good. I'm not used to reading about such feministy, nice vampires. Surprisingly, I didn't dislike it. I liked it a lot, actually. I think the lesbian undertones helped a lot, they were pretty rad. The most annoying thing about this book was the afterword in which the author talked about how, as a lesbian feminist, blahblah. But the story is solid. The ending was kind of weird. (less)