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The Edge of Human (Blade Runner #2)

3.04 of 5 stars 3.04  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  37 reviews
K.W. Jeter picks up the tale of Rick Deckard, the `blade runner' created by Phillip K. Dick and popularized by Ridley Scott's cult classic film.Consistent with the sordid vision of 21st century Los Angeles crafted by Dick and Scott, Jeter creates a stylish piece of thrilling, futuristic suspense that finds Deckard not only in the role of hunter, but also hunted.Again, Deck ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Spectra (first published 1995)
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So, it begins with Rick Deckard being dragged back for 'one last job' and ends with a life or death struggle with Roy Baty.

Where have you heard that before?

There are many faults with BR-2 but the overriding one is its complete and utter unoriginality. Perhaps the author was contractually obliged to write the novel the way he did, or maybe he wanted to let fans of the film feel at home; whatever the reason - reading The Edge of Human is like wearing a straight-jacket. The Blade Runner universe is
Mark Palmer
I was so excited to read this book and finally tie together Philip K. Dick's original novel with the Ridley Scott movie. But, this book was painful to read in places, the story was very muddled, and in my opinion ultimately ended in a cop-out. I think this book has completely put me off of this author, quite possibly for life.
Sucked. Absolutely sucked. If you are a fan of Blade Runner the movie or the original book (do androids dream of electric sheep) Do NOT read this garbage. Jeter urinates over everything - brings back dead characters, changes history, ridiculous reveals, and to top it off his writing is at 5th grade level. I have never hated a book more and I only got halfway through. (on a side note: I was reading a star wars bobba fett book and 1/3 of the way through I thought: this writing is TERRIBLE, it remi ...more
Lee Kyle
Sep 01, 2011 Lee Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bladerunner fans
Recommended to Lee by: amazon
For those of you that saw the Ridley Scott film and have always wished for a sequel...Here it is in printed form. I was journeying through books to read and came across some of Jeter's work and low and behold saw he had two more sequels to the original "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep" which is the book that was adapted to the big screen in Bladerunner starring Harrison Ford. All kinds of questions that were left unanswered in the original get answered here with a lot more to add to the Rick ...more
Sydney Mugerwa
I suppose after reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, one's expectations of The Edge of Human get rather skewed. K.W. Jeter did the best he could, I am wont to say, given the circumstances and not being the originator of this series, his artistic licence was on a short leash.
That said, the entire plot in The Edge of Human was insanely convoluted and hard to follow. It is one thing to write a thriller that keeps the reader guessing and another thing to not leave any breadcrumbs us mortals
This book is awful. Full stop.

The 1982 film Blade Runner is rightly considered a science-fiction classic, and is easily one of the most influential films ever made. While the fanbase for the movie didn't exactly clamor for a sequel, they were probably excited by the release of KW Jeter's Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human, an official sequel in novel form, that would be the first of three follow-ups. Jeter was a longtime friend of Philip K. Dick, whose Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? provide
Scott Holstad
A lot of people seems to hate this book, but for the most part I found it somewhat satisfying. This is the author's attempt to marry "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" with Blade Runner, and I think he does a fairly good job. Does he open up the Blade Runner universe? No, not really. But he's simply trying to bring back the atmosphere of the movie for us and I think he does a decent job of it. New characters? No, and maybe that's a weakness, but we get more detail about the characters from th ...more
Who the fuck is sixth replicant, and do we have to care about that?! Da odmah konstatiramo na samom početku, kako i samo ime govori, ovo je nastavak filma Blade Runner i sve narativne linije nastavljaju se na započeto u filmu. Iako je na knjizi napomenuto da je Jeter bio dobar Dickov prijatelj i kuži njegov stil, od Dickove knjige malo je toga preuzeto. Možda samo lik mucavog maloumnog Isidorea koji radi u klinici za umjetne životinje, prema kome je temeljen lik biomehaničara Sebastiana. I dok j ...more
Scott Hamilton
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Geoffrey Sperl
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Please note that this is NOT a sequel to Philip K Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep".
What it is, is a sequel, of sorts, to the Blade Runner movie.
As sequels go, it's not bad, but I got the impression that the author was contractually obliged to tell us the same story as the movie... but with a few changes here and there so as not to offend the hardcore fans. It's too bad, cause had the author been able to mesh the movie with the Philip K Dick book, this could have been a whole lo
Quinton Baran
Let me first say that I wish that this would have been a sequel to "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", rather then a mixture of "Blade Runner" and a Androids, with most of the basis being the former.

However, I was very pleased with this book, even if it does start slow - so slow that I almost quit reading it, but I persevered, and it picked up after a few chapters.

I think that this book brought the tension of the movie and developed some of the characters there more, to some satisfaction. O
Peter Greenwell
In a nutshell, I like Jeter's hard-edged and steely writing, but I don't like this story. As other reviewers have mentioned, he was probably told what to write, and much of the time, I had trouble reconciling the characters in this book with what I saw in the film.
I went into this book hoping it would be something that it turned out not to be- A sequel to the PK Dick novel "Do androids dream of electric sheep" but it turned out to be a sequel to the movie content instead. More like a rehash of every memorable visual of the blade runner movie brought up with a "surprise" twist on what had actually occurred.
As the story continued, I did start to get a bit curious about how it was going to end. But unfortunately the twist ending was predictable and dumb, t
Noting many of the negative reviews, actually I thought this was very good. The main criticisms are to do with the complex plot. The plot *is* complex (and the book probably warrants a re-read for that reason), but for me it served mainly as I vehicle for describing the environment and feel of Blade Runner, which Jeter does very well - the atmosphere was frequently perfect. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in this series.
Evan Leybourn
This is a book I abandoned reading. A sequel to Blade Runner that didn't need to happen, and not very fun to read.
Wayne Farmer
As a big fan of Blade Runner I've always wanted to read these books and find out what might have happened to Deckard after the movie. I have to say I was a little disappointed. Instead of expanding the story we just get a rehash of the movie using the same characters in the same situations - even characters that we thought were dead. While I found that side of things ok to a certain extent as I was just happy to be back in the universe, it was the ending that really lost this book a 3rd star. Th ...more
Jonathan Hicks
It was a disappointment. Maybe I'm not in the right frame of mind for it, and maybe I should not have watched the Final Cut of Blade Runner beforehand, but after 100 pages this did not feel at all like the movie I just watched. I'll come back to it another day, give it another chance, but not for a long time.
Mar 01, 2013 Charl rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I didn't like this book until the very end. It was'nt so bad I couldn't finish it, and I was crurious about what would happen to the characters but I was't totally enthralled. And it has some implausibilities I couldn't accept. A few things were just too coincidental.

The ending brought it just barely up into the "ok" range. An ending I didn't anticipate (but that isn't hard to do :) ), and happy for a couple of people. Maybe for more than just a couple, but that's not certain.

Not an actually ba
A good follow up to the movie and the Phillip K Dick novel. Was very true to the original story and revived pretty much all the original characters (since most were replicants with several copies). Interesting paralles between the Battlestar Galactica SyFy show in terms of - what really defines humanity? While good to visit the original characters, I wish Jeter would have ventured a little further afield and expanded the Blade Runner universe some. Oh well, I understand he did two other Blade Ru ...more
I'm a big fan of Philip K Dick, and I really liked Ridley Scott's Blade Runner - this book is the 'authorised' sequel to Blade Runner and it also attempts to weld together the orginal PKD story to the Hollywood version - the story is much more loyal to the Ridley Scott version. I liked this, but elements of it did come across as "fan fiction" - too much purist detail from the movie that could sometimes overwhelm the new story being told
A weak effort to merge Blade Runner with 'Do Androids Dream...', with the scale tipped heavily toward the former. Jeter fails to evoke the tone of either work, and the premise of his story rests on assumptions and character developments that are amateurish and not even remotely believable. Add to that the poor quality of the writing itself, and it's hard to think Jeter considered this anything more than a quick paycheck of a project.
Dense. The prose is hard to navigate, and I just couldn't quite enjoy this continuing tale of the characters from Dick's great story.

I'm conflicted because I truly wanted to enjoy this, but the characters just failed to engage me, and I was left going, who really cares who lives and who dies???
Mike Cremedas
Very interesting to see how the characters from the film evolved/ended up but it took too long to get there. This is one of those books I enjoyed but would have loved if it was a bit shorter. Then again, that might say more about me than the book.
Peter McC
A worthy successor to the original Blade runner even though it is from a different author.

Excellent word pictures and would make a nice flick if enough effort goes in to the effects.
Dave Swavely
Not perfect, by any means (I didn't enjoy the J.F. Sebastian stuff very much), but the best way to explore more of the Blade Runner world, and some very good moments.
I don't think Jeter added anything to the story either PKD or Ridley Scott told, but it was mildly enjoyable nonetheless. Strictly a paint-by-numbers affair...
Steven Meissner
Surprisingly good! Takes place after the movie plot, not the Phillip K Dick book the movie was based on (which was similar but way different).
Jonathan Davison
Jan 11, 2008 Jonathan Davison rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Isobel Healy and her friends
It is a sequel to the movie Blade Runner. It is a very good book but you need to see the movie to understand the story.
It's written very well. But for some reason I did not like the storyline at all
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Kevin Wayne Jeter (born 1950) is an American science fiction and horror author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and paranoid, unsympathetic characters. He is also credited with the coining of the term "Steampunk." K. W. has written novels set in the Star Trek and Star Wars universe, and has written three (to date) sequels to Blade Runner.

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