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The Edge of Human

(Blade Runner #2)

3.10  ·  Rating details ·  840 ratings  ·  69 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, ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Spectra (first published 1995)
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Lixma
Mar 11, 2012 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
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Paul
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 bee
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Brett
Oct 21, 2010 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 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
David Agranoff
This book sat unread on my shelf for 10 years. I bought it for a quarter at a library book sale in Port Angeles Washington. I knew the back story, KW Jetter who is a cyberpunk author I respected had been friends with PKD during his life. The story goes that he and Dick had discussed before his death his thoughts on seeing the rough cut of the movie, and his plans to write sequel novel Jetter then with permission of the family wrote a series of books that are a sequel to the movie more so than th ...more
Scott Holstad
May 31, 2014 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
Mark Palmer
Oct 06, 2012 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.
vi macdonald
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Who the fuck let this happen? I demand to know!
John
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frustrating read this one.
Been on my tbr pile forever, it has the bones of a good story there, but ultimately gets lost in it's own vagueness.
Cameron
Someone once said to me that fan-fiction has a habit of trying to explain problems away, rather than trying to tell an original story. When it comes to tie-in-media, it’s hit or miss whether you will find an author who does this in an official and profession novel. Unfortunately Blade Runner: The Edge of Human, did exactly this.

I really wanted to love this book, but it unnecessarily explained far too much. Jeter obviously felt there were several things that didn’t make sense, or coul
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Michael Allan Leonard
Not as a bad as I had expected, nor as good as I'd hoped. This is a sequel to the classic film that essentially defined the visuals of cyberpunk, and modern comic book fans will feel at home with some of the ridiculously annoying sensationalized twists that try to re-contextualize the events of the film to provide a series of mild shocks (unlike the official description of the book here, which spoils a major plot point right off the bat, I'll keep mum) and impose a sense of 'you didn't really kn ...more
Vegan Jon
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a surprise! I've been a massive lover of the film and having only just read 'Film Noir" my love has increased to the point where I am re-watching all versions, all the documentaries and looking into further reading, all sourced in that book.
I had no idea this writer had done 3 authorised sequels!!
I can't believe it took this long for me to see what happened next. Okay there's an official sequel film but this is set in 2020 so is a direct continuation of what happened next. It's reall
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Nathan Davis
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I saw this book and thought, “Oh come on, how can anyone write a follow up? And they didn’t even call it ‘Do Androids dream of electric sheep 2’! Does this author even really know the source material?” Then I noticed the jacket photo of the author with Philip K. Dick. OK, if the author knew PKD, maybe, just maybe, this book could be good.

It wasn’t. It was awful. It is very much Blade Runner 2 as it’s written very much like a movie script as a sequel to the movie and nothing to do with the book.
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Richard
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this a little hard to get through. Although is has some nice cyberpunk/sci-fi descriptions and turns of phrase, the plot twists on itself several times trying to make something of very minor mistakes and references in the original film script. The characters are fairly well expanded and realised, and most of their reactions and motivations ring true from the original material, but some of it feels derivative too. In the end, it took me a while to finish, not a "can't put down" read for m ...more
Stefan
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Could be a nice story, but the constant repetition, self-explaining narrative, predictable twists and resurrected characters from the movie are a bit too much. Worth a read for a diehard fans, otherwise save yourself some time...
Oscar
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly enjoyable fan-fiction tale that weaves right through the original book and the classic film; like a post-theater conversation with your friends, excitedly recounting all the best parts, suggesting possible plot theories and wishing there were a few minutes more to the movie.
James McNeill
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
The release of the sequel movie Blade Runner 2049 kind of renders the book trilogy useless. However, it was ok reading about Deckard and some of the familiar characters again. But the story doesn't really go anywhere.
Mike Gonzalez
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s even got the Mayan tiles.
Stefano
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes is too much articulate, but it is a very good book.
Brandon Lawson
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was more action and fast pace than the 1st one.
John
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
not A sequel to the book by Dck, but the movie by Scott, plus I have read better books by Jeter.
Hard to pick up characters and breath new life into them when they are not yours in the first place.
Andy
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rich exploration of several allegorical threads in the original film story.
Hazi
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
so there was a story, kind of, I think based on the Blade Runner movie. a sequel? not too great.
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David
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
2017-11-13 EDIT: Okay, now I've re-read "Do Androids Dream...?" and I have to give Jeter another star (for a total of 2 out of 5). Some of the bizarre choices in The Edge of Human are nods to the P.K. Dick novel. I can't fault that.

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I've wanted to read this since the day it was published over twenty years ago. I eventually bought a used copy of the paperback about ten years ago. Yet it languished on my shelves unread. I think I always feared
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Mitsu
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
So much unnecessary waffle. Essentially this a few hundred pages of who is the replicant, who isn't the replicant. By the end I didn't care.
Dean Paul Baker
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Note: Due to laziness I shall be using the acronyms PKD for Phillip K Dick and DADOES for Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep AND EOH for Edge of Human.
This one seems to be a kind of curate egg, smothered in Marmite for a lot of readers. There seems to be a split over whether it is or is not a 'proper' sequel to PKD's DADOES or just a 'Blade Runner' rip off? My own personal view is that first and foremost, it was entertaining. I enjoyed reading it. I think the style was easy to get into wh
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Robd
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
There's always going to be a problem with a work of fiction written solely as a follow up to a film; a film that is personally my all time favourite and one that has had a far reaching influence on so much popular culture.
The story is set, one year later, where the film ended and the author has obviously been contracted to write in a certain way, with limited characters. There are large passages driving the narrative that are lifted from the script and descriptive images purely derived from the
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Sydney Mugerwa
Oct 12, 2014 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
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Scott Hamilton
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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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