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The Edge of Human (Blade Runner #2)

3.06  ·  Rating details ·  708 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Set in a futuristic urban jungle, Ridley Scott's vision of Philip K. Dick's 21st Century Los Angeles, Blade Runner, was a masterpiece. K.W. Jeter's novel The Edge of Human returns to the world of blade runner Rick Deckard with a sequel of haunting power and suspense.

Deckard has fled Los Angeles with Rachael, his beautiful replicant lover. Rachael, like all her kind, has a
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Published 1996 by Orion (first published 1995)
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Lixma
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 been a whole lo
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Brett
Oct 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mark Palmer
Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
David
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 that it wouldn't be very good. I preferred the unproven possibility that it was actually a great book - great new Bladerunner material just waiting to be read! So it sat on the shelves, just absolutely sparkling with with all that possibility.

I was right to worry, of course. And now tha
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vi macdonald
Who the fuck let this happen? I demand to know!
John
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alan
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I think this will only be of interest to Blade Runner fans. Not very well written at all. The characters are flat and the plot painfully slow.
Hazi
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
so there was a story, kind of, I think based on the Blade Runner movie. a sequel? not too great.
Sarah
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I've read this before, but could remember absolutely none of it - it's got that kind of impact. The author is clearly trying to bridge the gap between Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and BladeRunner, the movie, whilst being a sequel to the latter. Is it successful? Hmm, yes and no. There are some interesting questions being asked about what it is to be human, and half an attempt to answer some of the questions left by the movie (although possibly answered in a different way by subsequent Di ...more
Danijel
Aug 07, 2013 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
Geoffrey Sperl
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Dean Paul Baker
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 where I
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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
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Robd
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Scott Hamilton
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Abe Flores
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
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
Matt Kelland
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I wanted to like this - the film's great, and generally Jeter delivers - but it just didn't work for me. It's all based around one well known fan theory from the movie - is Deckard a replicant, and if so, does he know it? Jeter riffs on this, taking it a stage further by really looking into the world of replicants, but somehow it doesn't hang together into an entertaining story. The movie's slow, introspective noirish pacing doesn't come across in prose, and the continual references to the movie ...more
Seth
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Quinton Baran
Jan 03, 2013 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
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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
Charl
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jim
Dec 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Justin
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
John Reviewit
Sep 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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Blade Runner (4 books)
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