Archive for November, 2017

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

I have seen the movie Blade Runner several times and just recently went to see the latest movie, Blade Runner 2049. Discussing the movie with my son, he asked if I had ever read the book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, on which the movies are based. I said I had not. I assumed that I saw the movie, so no need to read the book.

Wrong.

While the movies are excellent in their own right, in a way the movie and book are almost two different stories. It was well worth the time it took to read the book. It is possible to enjoy the book and movies equally, but for different reasons. If nothing else, I finally learned what electric sheep have to do with the story. As usual, the book is able to flesh out the story more than a movie can. Exposition in a movie drags, but in a book it elucidates. The book gave me a whole different perspective on the story.

Thank you to my son for getting me to read it (and for providing me with the Kindle version). I heartily urge everyone to read the book, whether you have seen the movie or not. As for me, it’s time to check out the rest of Mr. Dick’s writing.

Finished 11/29/17

bookmark: the kill bill diary

The Kill Bill Diary: The Making of a Tarantino Classic as Seen Through the Eyes of a Screen Legend – David Carradine

Whoo, boy! Now I understand why I could never have made it as an actor (and yes, at an early point in my life I considered it). I don’t believe I have ever had an ego big enough to fill the shoes of an actor, or at least David Carradine’s shoes. Now, as much a this sounds like a negative opinion of Mr. Carradine, it is not. I think that this book hasn’t revealed his narcissism so much as revealed the attitude of self-promotion and self-confidence that you have to have to succeed in Hollywood. It works for David Carradine but I could never handle that mindset.

But what about the movie, Kill Bill? It’s the primary reason I read this book. While I appreciated David Carradine’s personal information, I was more interested in learning about the movie, and I did, through the interesting perspective of one of the movie’s main characters. I would suggest that if you are more interested in the movie than David Carradine, this book might not be for you.

However, because I enjoy the movie(s) so much, I enjoyed this book. While I found myself wanting to slap David upside the head a few times and say, “Get over yourself,” at other times I admired his ambition and approach to his work. I enjoyed his descriptions of Tarantino and the other actors involved with the film, as well as the technical elements he discusses. The writing is pretty good and definitely readable. I thought it was worth reading.

Finished 11/2/17