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The Edge of Human (Blade Runner #2)

3.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  623 Ratings  ·  43 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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Mar 21, 2012 Lixma rated it it was ok
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
Oct 06, 2012 Mark Palmer rated it did not like it
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.
Scott Holstad
Jul 07, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 21, 2010 Brett rated it did not like it
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 it was amazing
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
Oct 14, 2014 Sydney Mugerwa rated it liked it
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
Killer of Dreams
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Mar 09, 2015 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2013 Danijel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scf-fi
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
Apr 16, 2013 Scott Hamilton rated it it was ok
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Geoffrey Sperl
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John Reviewit
Sep 16, 2015 John Reviewit rated it did not like it
Buried in this pile of words lies the action that always bothered me. Why not just place a locator & ID chip in every replicant ? Make it explosive so it can't be successfully removed. Why use calcium bones and not titanium ? The bodies are created full grown. Titanium is better for worker robots to prevent damage. Pris has glowing red eyes, surely those aren't human tissue.

Of course that would destroy the Android novel, the movie & all sequels.
Abe Flores
Jul 17, 2016 Abe Flores rated it it was ok
A mixed blessing, but ultimately less than optional. KW Jeter is a strong writer and as a friend and associate of PK Dick an obvious choice for any blade runner sequel. The effort seems lazy here, the plotting and characterizations never take off and are so clearly tied to service a very weak narrative that the luminous language Jeter lays down is wasted. Are there moments of Jeter's notorious creativity on display? Absolutely, there is a reborn character who thematically represents all the "dep ...more
Quinton Baran
Jan 20, 2013 Quinton Baran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2014 Peter Greenwell rated it liked it
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.
Mar 16, 2014 Seth rated it it was ok
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
Feb 28, 2016 Michi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a decent follow up to the movie. Unfortunately, I can see why fellow readers weren't fans. It is written in Film Noir style, like the movie. It jumps around, it is seen (dimly) from different angles.
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
so I actually read 60% of Blade Runner 3 before I realized I grabbed the wrong book off my shelf as I hadn't read 2 yet. So I stopped and read this one. It's okay overall, has some portions of brilliance recreating the brilliance in the Ridley Scott's film, but much is ordinary and some places don't come close to matching the beauty Dick or Ridley created. I do know that I prefer Replicant Night (Blade Runner 3) even though that one is still unfinished at the time of this review - Jeter seems mo ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Interesting plot devices...
Not sure if this sequel by K.W. Jeter to Philip K Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which in turn spawned the film "Blade Runner" is a good piece of literature or not.
In my opinion it had a very pulp fiction feel to it...

May 27, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2014 Evan Leybourn rated it did not like it
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
Jul 21, 2014 Jonathan Hicks rated it did not like it
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 it was ok
Shelves: y2013
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
Dec 01, 2009 Jim rated it liked it
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
Apr 01, 2013 Karl rated it liked it
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
Sep 17, 2011 Richard rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 15, 2015 Jaq rated it it was ok
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
Apr 30, 2015 Mike Cremedas rated it liked it
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.
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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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