Thursday, June 4, 2009

I'm in 17th Grade, but I Read at a 8th Grade Level!

Having always wanted, but never read Philip Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I shuffled off to my local and ordered


book. Oh, what a fool I was! Six weeks later, I open it up and say, "Wow! This is a lot shorter than I remembered. Oh well." and started flipping through it. "Neat! Pictures!" How cool and graphic-novel-y and post-modern. After the first chapter it dawned on me.

Nuts! I ordered the junior-high progressing-readers adaption! That's not to say, however, that I stopped reading. Something satisfying in reading a book in 2 hours. Still, I feel like I got the cliffnotes version. It probably lost a lot in dumbing it down (oh PLEASE tell me it was dumbed down), but it's a nice engaging story. In fact, this is probably a nice middle ground between cliffnotes and actually reading the thing. Junior high rocks!


Makayla said...


I took one of those dumb little facebook quizzes, and apparently I should read this book too (not the version you got), because that was my result. I don't remember what the actual quiz was.

Jennifer said...

Paul's a big Philip K. Dick fan, so I'm sure we have the "real" version if you want to exchange "The Road" for it. Here, I'll check. Yes, we do. Oh, and I still need to thorough search the car for your sunglasses.

Margaret said...

Funny how junior-high can so easily be confused with post-modern, ain't it? They're both so deliciously angst-y and self-absorbed.

And if it makes you feel any better, I'm reading at a "0-3" level. But I bet my pictures were more hippo-filled than yours, and definitely more rhyming :)