GeekFeed Reading List: October 2017
October 6, Blade Runner 2049
Read: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by Philip K. Dick
With the forthcoming release of Blade Runner 2049, what better time to return to Blade Runner’s original source? Philip K. Dick’s post-apocalyptic dystopia chronicles the original tale of Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter whose mission is to “retire” renegade androids. The androids are nearly indistinguishable from humans and designed to serve them, though their intelligence causes conflict when they develop free will. The novel raises interesting questions about artificial intelligence and what it really means to be human (much like the recent Westworld).
While Blade Runner was met with mixed reviews upon its release 35 years ago, Warner Bros’ forthcoming Blade Runner 2049 is considered a long-awaited sequel by fans who consider the original film a cult classic. Though plot details are thin, the trailer promises the noir, atmospheric beauty director Denis Villeneuve is known for. Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard, joined by Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Jared Leto.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is available from Del Rey. Blade Runner 2049 will be in theatres October 6.
October 20, The Snowman
Read: The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø
If you’re not yet familiar with Norwegian detective Harry Hole, the upcoming crime thriller/horror film is the perfect excuse to indulge your inner sleuth. Nesbø’s series follows Detective Hole through a number of dark and disturbing cases, while Hole’s complicated past with alcoholism and bursts of insubordination endear him as a sort of antihero. The Snowman is Nesbø’s seventh Harry Hole novel, but the first in which Detective Hole discovers Norway has its own serial killer. Hole links together several cold cases after discovering similarities between the recent murders of several married mothers. To compound the eerie scenes, a snowman appears at each murder site. While Hole sets out to solve the clues he’s receiving from the serial killer, he finds himself becoming more entangled in the mystery and may even be linked to the killer more closely than he thought.
Michael Fassbender will bring Detective Harry Hole to life in Universal Pictures’ forthcoming film. The combination of Swedish director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and cinematographer Dion Beebe (Edge of Tomorrow) promises a deeply immersive experience that brings the tension of Nesbø’s novel to the big screen. Shot in Norway, Snowman’s trailer draws on its stunning setting and builds towards momentous pacing. Fassbender is joined by Rebecca Ferguson, J.K. Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Chloë Sevigny.
The Snowman: A Novel is available from Knopf. The Snowman will be in theatres October 20.
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