Doctor Bloodmoney

by Philip K. Dick

Review by Bill Johnston

Doctor Bloodmoney is a post nuclear war novel which is somewhat comparable to Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, but there are far fewer characters in Doctor Bloodmoney, and they are better characterized, but the science is weaker. In the seven years from the war to the main body of the novel, rats, dogs, and other animals have become significantly more intelligent, and some strange mutant abilities have appeared in humans. The animals are only a sideline to the story, but the impression given about people is the anyone deformed will also have some beneficial mutation. I have to stress that the characters are very well developed and are the main point of the novel: their reactions to each other and the world are the reason the novel was written. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes to think about what they're reading.

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