Philip K. Dick – VALIS (VALIS Trilogy #1) (Audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

VALIS is the first book in Philip K. Dick’s incomparable final trio of novels (the others being The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. VALIS is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book? Turpināt lasīt

Philip K. Dick – UBIK (audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else? Someone died in an explosion orchestrated by Runciter’s business competitors. And, indeed, it’s the kingly Runciter whose funeral is scheduled in Des Moines. But in the meantime, his mourning employees are receiving bewildering—and sometimes scatological—messages from their boss. And the world around them is warping in ways that suggest that their own time is running out. Or already has.

Philip K. Dick’s searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation (the latter available in a convenient aerosol spray) is a tour de force of paranoiac menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Pret Glena Ransitera un viņa kompānijas komandu tiek veikts uzbrukums no konkurentu puses. Eksplozijā mirst viņš pats, un pēc tam, kad Džo, Ella, Patrīcija, Vendija un citi viņu ar godu apglabā, sāk notikt pavisam dīvainas lietas.

Viss viņiem apkārt sāk regresēt laikā un kļūt tāds, kāds tas bijis agrāk. Kamēr paši paliek kopā, tikmēr nekas šķiet viņiem kaitēt nevar, bet daži to aptver par vēlu. Jāpiebilst, ka vienam piemīt interesantas spējas izmainīt pagātni, bet ne ceļot laikā.

Tomēr beigās tas nav tas dīvainākais, jo drīz vien Džo pamana dažādas it kā vēstis no Glena – televīzijā parādās reklāma ar viņu, uz monētām īstā ģīmetņa vietā viņa u.c. Sāk rasties jautājums, kurš tad īsti ir dzīvs un kurš mira eksplozijā?

Tā līdz galam neizpratu motivāciju šim uzbrukumam. Bet kopumā ļoti interesanta un labā ziņā dīvaina. Patika katras nodaļas sākumā frāzes/reklāmas par UBIK produktu un ne tikai, bet pamatā kā spēcīgas zāles.

UBIK ir vien trešā grāmata no šī autora, kas klausīta, bet pagaidām iespaids vislabākais.

                                                                                                                                                             

There’s an attack against Glen Runciter and his company’s team from their competitors. He himself dies in the explosion and after Joe Chip, Ella, Patricia, Wendy and others burry him with an honor weird things start to happen.

Everything around them starts to go back in time and become as they were back then. While they stay together it seems that there might not be mortal danger to them but some realize this a bit too late. I should add that one of the team has such powers that she can influence the past, but not to travel in time.

However that’s not the strangest thing because soon enough Joe notices various messages from Runciter like the commercial with him in the television and his portrait on coins. That creates a question who really died and who survived the explosion?

Didn’t understand fully the motivation behind this attack. But overall the book is quite interesting and weird in a good way. I liked the commercials about UBIK at the beginning of each chapter.

Have listened only three books by Philip K. Dick including this one, but for now the impression is the best from them all.

Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner #1) (Audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? was published in 1968. Grim and foreboding, even today it is a masterpiece ahead of its time.

By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep…

They even built humans.

Emigrants to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn’t want to be identified, they just blended in.

Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to “retire” them. But when cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Pasaule pēc plaša mēroga un ļoti postoša kara, kas Zemi atstājis bēdīgā stāvoklī. Neviens vairs nezina vai neatceras, varbūt vienkārši nevēlās atminēties, kādi gan bijuši tam par iemeslu. Visbēdīgākās kara sekas rezultējušās plašā dzīvnieku izmiršanā, kam par iemeslu bijis milzu apjoma gaisa piesārņojums ar sīkām putekļu daļiņām, par kuru izcelsmi arī zināšanu nav.

Kas gan drīkst tikt pieskaitāms dzīvībai? Vai lielāki un mazāki, sarežģītāki un vienkāršāki roboti arī pievienojams šim terminam? (Mākslīgais) intelekts grāmatā apspriests mazāk, bet apšaubu, vai to varētu uzskatīt par būtisku un vērā ņemamu faktoru.

Riks Dekards ir atlīdzību mednieks un par noteiktu samaksu tieši viņš ir tas, kurš atbrīvo izbēgušus androīdus no to eksistences nastas. Bet arī Riks sāk apšaubīt savas rīcības pareizu. Šķiet, gadu gaitā viņš sācis izjust simpātijas un līdzjūtību pret sava darba upuriem. Viedokļu dažādībai, lasītajam dots arī skatpunkts no otras,androīdu, puses.

Vēlreiz uz mirkli pievēršoties dzīvo radību izmiršanas tēmai. Jau pats nosaukums drusku liek iedomāties, ka kaut kas līdz galam nav, tā kā vajadzētu. Tie, kas pamanījušies izdzīvot, kļuvuši par izdevīgu un peļņu nesošu preci, bet, ja vēlme pēc dzīvnieka ir tik nepārvarama, bet maks nav tik biezs, tad vienmēr ir iespēja iegādāties elektrisku/mākslīgu līdzinieku. Jaunu sugu rašanās/atklāšana, kas būtu sagaidāma, gan nebija minēts, iespējams, pēc kara vienkārši pārāk īss laika posms vēl nav pagājis.

Bet noslēdzot. Kuram gan bijusi tik ģeniāla doma radīt neatšķiramus robotus no parasta cilvēka? Stāstā tiek izmantoti īpaši testi jautājumu formā, lai noskaidrotu un atklātu bēgļus. Tomēr man pirmā doma bija par asinīm, kuru analīzēs gribētos domāt, ka būtu manāmas atšķirības. Tiek minēts, ka šo humanoīdo robotu dzīves ilgums nepārsniedz četrus gadus, kas tad liek jautāt, vai tie rada tik lielus draudus, ka ir vērts viņus tvarstīt?

                                                                                                                                           

In the world after a massive war Earth now is in pitiful condition. No one knows or doesn’t (want to) remember what the reasons were for it. The most sad consequences of war is the wide range animal extinction because of large amount of tiny dust particles polluting the air, and no one is sure what did create that too.

What exactly could be accountable as a life/live being? Could smaller and larger, simpler and complex robots be added to that list? (The artificial) intelligence isn’t discussed much but I doubt if that would be a big factor.

Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter and for certain reward he retires escaped android and frees them the miserable existence. But at some point Rick starts to have these doubts about what he does and is it right. It seems that in the years he has developed sympathy towards his victims. The reader  has the chance to read the other side’s opinion, so there are more than one viewpoint.

Talking once more about animals, the book’s title itself signalizes that not everything is as it should be. Those who have managed to survive have become a very valuable and profitable product. But if you have irresistible urge and want to have an animal at home but not enough money then there always is available electric/artificial substitute. Discovery of new species isn’t mentioned but maybe there haven’t long enough distance since the end of war.

And concluding my rambling I want to ask. Who had such a genius idea to create robots undistinguishable from real humans? In the story they use special tests/questions to find out and discover them. But the first thing that comes in my mind is blood. I would think that there should be some differences in that test. It is mentioned that the life expectancy of these humanoid robots is four years, and that makes me think, are they so bad/evil to bother to hunt them down?

Philip K. Dick ”The Man in the High Castle”

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war, and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 3/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Alternatīvā vēsture par Otrā pasaules kara iznākumu, kur panākumus gūst nevis sabiedrotie, bet gan Vācija un Japāna. Ar zinātniskās fantastikas piesitienu tādā ziņā, ka abas valstis aktīvi pēcāk pievērsušās plašajām Visumam.

Netrūkst dažādu tēlu gan amizanti kā pārdevēji, tie kas iet no vienām durvīm uz citām, gan to, kas cenšas izmainīt/saprast esošo kārtību, un, vai būtu varējis būt citādāk. Turklāt ASV teritorija sadalīta vairākās kontroles zonās un nav vienota.

Vīrs augstajā pilī līdz pat noslēgumam ir noslēpumains autors grāmatai, kura pati šajā pasaulē ir liekama alternatīvās vēstures kastītē, vēstot tieši par sabiedroto uzvaru, Vācijas un Japānas sakāvi. Loģiski rodas jautājums, kur viņš radis tādus faktus un ideju vispār, kuri minēti viņa stāstā, kas izrādās, saistās ar pārdabisko un orākulu.

                                                                                                                                                

Alternate history about the Second World War and the outcome in which Germany and Japan are victorious and not the allies. With just some sci-fi as both countries after that sets their attention to Universe.

There are many different characters in this world like amusing salesmen or those who try to understand the world they are in. Plus the USA is divided in zones and isn’t one whole country.

The man in the High Castle throughout there is some mysterious writer whose book itself could classified as alternative history in their world but not in ours. Logically you would have questions about how he got the facts and idea mentioned in his book. To this there is a very supernatural explanation related to oracle.


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