Deus Irae

In the years following World War III, a new and powerful faith has arisen from a scorched and poisoned Earth, a faith that embraces the architect of world wide devastation The Servants of Wrath have deified Carlton Lufteufel and re christened him the Deus Irae In the small community of Charlottesville, Utah, Tibor McMasters, born without arms or legs, has, through an arrIn the years following World War III, a new and powerful faith has arisen from a scorched and poisoned Earth, a faith that embraces the architect of world wide devastation The Servants of Wrath have deified Carlton Lufteufel and re christened him the Deus Irae In the small community of Charlottesville, Utah, Tibor McMasters, born without arms or legs, has, through an array of prostheses, established a far reaching reputation as an inspired painter When the new church commissions a grand mural depicting the Deus Irae, it falls upon Tibor to make a treacherous journey to find the man, to find the god, and capture his terrible visage for posterity.
Deus Irae In the years following World War III a new and powerful faith has arisen from a scorched and poisoned Earth a faith that embraces the architect of world wide devastation The Servants of Wrath have d

  • Title: Deus Irae
  • Author: Philip K. Dick Roger Zelazny
  • ISBN: 9781400030071
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Deus Irae”

    1. Most authors would never dream of casting a limbless man, no arms and no legs, as a central character in his work – Philip K. Dick has done this at least twice. Joining Hoppy Harrington from Dr. Bloodmoney as a protagonist is Tibor McMasters, the unlikely hero of Deus Irae, a collaborative effort between Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazney. An odd mix of A Canticle for Leibowitz, A Scanner Darkly and Dr. Bloodmoney, Deus Irae is a more serious work than many of PKD’s wild fiction. What does it [...]

    2. "Deus Irae" je postapokaliptična vizija dva vrsna SF pisca - Zelaznija i Dika. Obojicu sam upoznao preko malo drugačijih romana - Zelaznija preko njegovog Ambera, a Dika čitajući "Čoveka u visokom dvorcu", "Minority Report" i slična dela. Jedini Dikov roman koji se podosta razlikovao od ostalih koje sam pročitao - "Tamno skeniranje" mi je pokazao kako Dik može da bude veoma uvrnut Međutim, ovakvo nešto nisam mogao ni da zamislimNa prvih nekoliko strana romana sam doživeo WTF trenutak. [...]

    3. Written by Roger Zelazny and Philip K. Dick. Dick began the book but realized he did not know enough about Christianity to finish it. He asked Ted White to collaborate on it with him, but after reviewing the manuscript White never got started. Zelazny discovered the manuscript in White's home in early 1968, read it, then contacted Dick and agreed to work on it with him. Work proceeded sporadically over several years as each author forgot about it in turn (and Zelazny's cat took the opportunity t [...]

    4. Jako zanimljiva knjiga koja govori o postapokalipticnom svetu u kome pored hriscanske crkve koja je na margini postoji i crkva Boga Gneava. Posto je gnev sve sto su ljudi i osetili na svojoj kozi vecina prezivelih se odlucuje da pristupi religiji koja slavi Karla Luftojfela kao boga gneva. Knjiga govori o hodocascu, zovotu na postapokalipticnoj zemlji, verbalnom sukobu dveju religija. Malo filozofije i religije u SF maniru, uzivacete.

    5. Of the 36 sci-fi novels, nine mainstream novels, one children's book and over 120 short stories that cult author Philip K. Dick produced before his premature death at age 53, in 1982, only two creations were done in collaboration with another author. The first was 1966's "The Ganymede Takeover," which Dick cowrote with budding writer Ray Nelson. An alien invasion novel that deals with the snakelike, telepathic inhabitants of the Jovian moon as well as the Terran rebels who resist them, the novel [...]

    6. The style was more like that of a fantasy novel rather than scifi: A long journey or a pilgrimage. One can't help but try and distinguish what parts are PKD and which are Zelazney's but, overall, it flowed seamlessly enough, and though some of the narrative got a bit disjointed at times, and it's not the best to start with, it was still definitely a good read.

    7. One of the more mystical or theological books of Phillip K. Dick that I've read. Don't know if thats Zelazny's influence or not, but I enjoyed it. Strays mostly away from PDK concepts like questioning identity, parallel universes, etc. Theres some drugs and hallucinatory episodes though. Theologically, it is a conflict between the God of Light of Christianity, and the Demiurge/God of Evil/Deus Irae/Carlton Lufteufel of Gnosticism/Cathatism/The Servants of Wrath. I mean, after a nuclear holocaust [...]

    8. Po mnogočemu podsjeća na Millerovog Leibowitza, osim što je stil malo suroviji, teži, mučniji. Kolaboracija ova dva autora jedna je od najčudnijih u svijetu SF-a. Takva dva oprečna duha, karaktera, pa i po samim temama koje su obrađivali, dali su jedno pravo malo blago - Deus Irae. Kako će izgledati kršćanstvo nakon apokalipse, kako će se u tom svemu snaći roboti i računala, te koje će sve religije naći svoj put prema svjetlu Sve su to pitanja na koja pokušava dati odgovor ova k [...]

    9. It falls into the large category of "probably good if I understood all of it". It's dense with philosophy, with characters prone to internal discussion and digression, and each one seems versed in details of Catharism and other variations of Christian theology. As such its larger themes are buried in the details of all these characters instead of the great sweep of the book.If I'm understanding the whole of it--probably not--it is that a mortal sees the Divine through the lens of his/her/its own [...]

    10. A 4-star book with one star extra for sympathy. Seriously, 3.37!?This is pretty much Dr. Bloodmoney + the theology of the VALIS trilogy. AND THERE IS NOTHING NOT-AMAZING ABOUT THAT. It's still funny and quirky, too.I'm sure this is thanks to Zelazny, but this is one of the better written PKD books too (well, I'm sure any PKD book would feel that way after reading Clans of the Alphane Moon, but hey), and I actually would recommend this book to someone who just started reading PKD.

    11. "Deus Irae" is in many ways a revisitation of Dick's earlier novel "Dr. Bloodmoney" with the addition of the societal control themes of religion favored by Roger Zelazny. It is not the best work of either gentlemen but it is a good read. Philip K. Dick illustrates his use of post-apocalyptic settings as social criticism to good effect here along with his ever questing questions of "What is real?" and "What is human?" while Zelazny ponders the role of myth and religion in society building. The co [...]

    12. Deus Irae is the second PKD book i read featuring a main character with no arms and no legs. This is probably the least strange aspect of this novel. This book combines Dr. Bloodmoney with the religious stuff of the valis trilogy, but sharpened into a more cohesive novel. A very christian novel i might say.A bit like a canticle for leibowitz but with some hallucinogenic experiences, talking bugs, talking worms, talking factories but with more religion. I never fault i needed some religious backg [...]

    13. Molto interessante questo romanzo che esplora l'importanza della religione e il ruolo del dio: è buono o cattivo? Può permettere che accadano morte è distruzione, malformazioni e mostri? Ma soprattutto di cosa ha bisogno ognuno di noi, di un dio confortante o di un dio che punisce?

    14. I due più grandi misteri dell'Universo sono il Big Bang, al quale, per quanto gli scienziati possano sbatterci la testa, è impossibile dare una risposta esaustiva ed un altro ben più misterioso e inestricabile. Ovvero: cosa vi era nella scatola cranica di Dick? Questa volta gli scienziati della parola (critici, lettarati e chi più ne ha, più ne metta) sono quelli che brancolano un po' nel buio.Appartenente alla tarda produzione di Dick, quella più metafisica/religiosa, quando l'autore avev [...]

    15. "Deus Irae"is decidedly unlike your usual post-apocalyptic science fiction fare. This work explores a perennial issue in face of utter destruction and misery: the philosophical problem of theodicy, or the compatibility between the existence of an evil which reigns so supremely as to allow the world to be devastated and the existence of a goodly, omnipotent God. It depicts a society where the old Christian religion, their numbers rapidly declining, was superseded by an apocalyptic cult, the Serva [...]

    16. This book was a huge disappointment. I love Roger Zelazny and enjoy Dick's less drug-infused works, and I just read the similar-in-theme A Canticle for Leibowitz, so I was pretty excited for this book. Unfortunately, Deus Irae comes up short on every front. It's almost entirely Philip K. Dick (I noticed one joke that was textbook Zelazny, but that's it), and it is far from his best. Deus Irae is extremely short at just under 200 pages, and it feels rushed. Character development is trite to nonex [...]

    17. I remember really loving Zelazny when I was a kid, the Amber books are a ton of fun, and what was the one about the demon killing gods, or something? That was cool too. Dick, frankly, I keep reading feeling like I should like, and then finding myself annoyed when I actually stop to look at him. So we'll say this one split the difference – there are some clever throw aways here, in this story about a post-apocalyptic religious cult which is based upon the worship of violence (or something like [...]

    18. Critics of Dick often cite paper-thin characters and weak plot to justify their criticism, but if you focus on these things you miss the attraction of his books. For me, the real payoff is that they open possibilities we never suspected: possibilities that are purposefully designed to engage and often undermine our core beliefs. Yes, seemingly obscure bits of exegesis sound strange coming from his characters mouths, and they may not always help move the plot along, but it's a train of thought th [...]

    19. I must admit I found this quite disappointing. Apart from the world building there really wasn't much here that seemed like Philip K Dick. The prose definitely wasn't his style and it wasn't a style I enjoyed. Instead of being thrown into the strange post apocalyptic world and figuring it out as you go this novel spent the first 60 or so pages explaining at great length why everything happened and how everything was built up in conversations between the characters. A great example of ignoring th [...]

    20. I'm honestly not sure why I keep reading Philip K. Dick. I think it's because so many ideas of his became kernels for good, or at least entertaining, movies. But I would highly doubt that this one will ever spurn off an inspired work. Conceptually it's interesting - the town we begin in is split between Christians and those who follow the man who essentially caused armageddon during the last war. A painter is sent to find this man, the Deus Irae, to paint his true likeness. But the painter has n [...]

    21. Listening to for a podcast. I was bored in the beginning but some scenes catch my attention. Mostly domestic scenes talking about religion reallyNISH:For hard core Philip K. Dick fans only, with a special interest in comparing religions. It almost feels like serialized adventures in the desert with strange creatures. I have to admit a main character with no arms or legs is unique. The narrator really brings some annoying characters to life.

    22. Actually this is a strange book. While it starts off trying to find its foothold, being somewhat awkward and language being a bit labored, soon enough it finds its feet indeed and flows effortlessly and nicely. Really bleak and with equal amounts of self-delusion and despair, futility and vain hope, turns out to be a pretty good book. Recommended (3.5 stars)

    23. I enjoyedDeus Irae quite a bit, but not quite as much as I enjoyPhillip K. Dick orRoger Zelazny individually. The overall story arc felt like something Dick would come up with, while the flow of the text seemed more like Zelazny's. Even if I do like each of these authors on their own more than teamed up, this novel is still absolutely worth the read.

    24. a little strange, and doesn't completely come fully together as a novel, yet, each chapter, each page held my interest fully and I enjoyed the prose.Not a good representation of Dick or Zelazny, I'd recommend reading their major works first, but no reason to avoid this title either.

    25. Deus Irae is the post-fallout Wizard of Oz.A quest for the true image of God, encountering all manner of creature and landscape along the way. But Tibor is no Dorothy and his mission is all his own.Less a novel and more a series of episodes around the themes of theology, Deus Irae is extremely colorful and the writing is oftentimes stunning: many passages I reread just for the pleasure:Here! The black-spotted cow drawing the bicycle cart. In the center of the cart. And at the doorway of the sacr [...]

    26. Detta är ju minst sagt lite av ett drömsamarbete, om man skall dra till med en underdrift. Tyvärr visste jag ju att jag skulle bli besviken, egentligen, hur bra den än var. Vissa förväntningar kan man inte infria hur bra de inblandade än är på sin sak. Men visst fan var det en bra bok, om än som minst sagt är lite udda, till och med med tanke på författarna. Det hela börjar med att en av huvudkaraktärerna får i uppdrag att hitta en person så att han kan sedan måla av honom på [...]

    27. I was very excited to read this book, as it's a collaboration between two of my favorite scifi authors, but also a little apprehensive, due to the hit or miss nature of a lot of collaborations. Overall, this feels more like Dick's vision (it's based on a Dick short story after all, and the script was apparently mostly written by Dick) but you can feel Zelazny's influence; there are a few classic Zelazny jokes, and he has filled in some mythology, and added his classic in depth descriptions of sc [...]

    28. I picked this book to read for a theology in SF/F reading challenge, and boy did I pick a doozey. At 180 pages, this has to be one of the most complicated little books I’ve read in a long time. I really enjoyed it, but it is heavy on the theology and has a crazy plot. My understanding is that Dick started the book, but put it down and offered it to another writer because he didn’t know enough about Christianity to finish it. Zelazny saw it at the other writer’s house and offered to finish [...]

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