Reading List Progress — Game Of Thrones, From Hell, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Just crossed three more books off my reading list: Game of Thrones, From Hell, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.

Game of Thrones

Game of ThronesGame of Thrones has been in the geeky news recently because they’re making a mini-series or somesuch. Of the three books, this was the most stressful read. If I like a book, I can get very attached to main characters, especially narrators.

The thing about Game of Thrones which made it so hard was the number of narrators. They’re not 1st person, but each chapter shifts between 3rd person limited narratative positions. I didn’t count them, but there were probably ten different narrators if not more. Not all the narrators are even people we like, though none so far is someone I despise.

It was a great story, well-written, at times intensely painful, and I think I’m going to keep reading this series. I’m not going straight to the next book though, I’m giving it a few weeks (like watching Battlestar Galactica seasons). I can see why people get so caught up in it, it’s a whole universe and the narrative style makes it so much richer than many books and much easier to get attached to characters.

From Hell

From HellWhen I heard that Alan Moore was making a Cthulhu comic book/graphic novel, I realized that I’d never read From Hell. I’ve read most of his other large works (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League) and decided to reserve it from my library.

This was a short read for me. Probably my least favorite of his works, though still quite impressive. I thought the art fit very well and the theory behind the storyline was interesting, it just didn’t grip me in any way. It was one of those books that I was glad to have read and probably don’t need to reread.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (audiobook)

Do Andoirds Dream of Electric Sheep?I’ve seen the director’s cut of Blade Runner but it’s been a while and it’s totally different anyway. I found Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? much easier to follow. The plot actually made sense (maybe not quite the ending, but that made more sense than Blade Runner anyway).

I am really glad that I read it because 1) it’s a very good book and 2) I was right between seasons 2 & 3 of Battlestar Galactica. Reading about humans having to deal with the question of what it means to be human in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with sentient robots who can pass for humans and who are trying to escape from slavery…felt familiar.

If you read it, I suggest thinking about it as something completely separate from Blade Runner or just letting the film slip from your mind entirely. There are electric sheep. This is awesome.

Maybe 100 years down the road when someone suggests creating a sentient robotic slave race, people will dig up Do Androids and BSG and ask if we’re willing to take the risks. And knowing the human race, I’d be willing to bet the response will be “that won’t happen to us.”

4 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    From Hell — as someone who’s read a lot about Jack the Ripper, From Hell impresses the hell out of me even if I don’t buy the theory. My favorite chapter is the architectural tour of London. Random trivia: when Alan Moore was discussing the crime scenes to Neil Gaiman, NG had to keep running out of the pub to vomit.

    DADOES: I love Blade Runner, but I think this works well in different ways. The parts about Mercerism always fascinate me.

  2. Mackenzie says:

    I just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep! It will not be joining the ranks of my favorite books, but it was very interesting. I’ve never seen Blade Runner, so I didn’t feel all plotline confused. My one beef is that I got to the end and wasn’t sure he’d really thought the whole thing through, the kernel of the protagonist’s struggle. I just felt kinda…. confused?

  3. Terry says:

    @Mackenzie My one complaint about Dick (and yes, I know how that sounds) is that he never sticks the landing. I feel like he’s interested in exploring concepts more than bringing them to a conclusion.

  4. Ruth says:

    I agree, Mackenzie, about the ending. It was like an exploration without a conclusion. That was ok, but I’d have preferred something solid. Loved the rest of the book.

    I’ll keep that in mind, Terry, as I read more by him–not expecting solid conclusions.

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