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Dr. Adder (Panther science fiction) Paperback – 23 Apr 1987

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services (23 April 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586070761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586070765
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can say that it is one of the best SF books I have read (and I have read quite a few, I rarely review them).
There are numerous interesting ideas, enough for most authors to have written 3 or 4 books off the back of normally. The text hardly shows its age even now, unlike some other 70s SF (imho). It has no dull bits (that I noticed) and is action packed without the slightest feeling of repetition.
A word of warning though, this will be a very challenging read if you are prudish.
For everyone else, this is a brilliant book.
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I'd heard of this novel and was keen to read it but could never get my hands on a copy, so it's always a risk that the book when you eventually get it will be a let down. Particularly when it was written decades ago, but no such worry here. The story hasn't aged and is as weird and strange as good cyberpunk should be. Some of the ideas such as the Chicken Ranch or The visitor could easily have been expanded but by keeping them short only added to the bizzare nature of the world created. The violence and sex may have lost some of it's power to shock in this internet age but it still provides some though provoking stuff. A good read to add to your cyberpunk canon
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Read this in the mid 80's when I was 14 and loved it ! Still very good, though the cover is now rubbish.
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Well its different thats for sure, and I can se straight away that it influenced a generation of writers. Fast paced, way out, and never bogs down its nothing like SF of the 50s or 60s....its a New Thing.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c03ea80) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bfa1888) out of 5 stars Disturbingly brilliant 18 May 2001
By Joseph & Rhonda Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Adder is one of those books that gets better the longer you read it. The story starts off thrusting the reader into the disturbing streets of a future L.A. where the title character is a specialist in transforming prostitutes into mankinds most twisted desires. Tempting to put down (as I did, regrettably, the first time I started to read it), the story begins to take on a live of its own.
The story focuses not on Dr. Adder, but instead on E. Allen Limmit and his discovery of life outside the corporate home he spent much of his life. As his life becomes inevitably intermixed with Adder and Adder's arch-nemesis, he learns he is a pawn in a much larger story, one he was, literally, born to be. Writen 12 years before it was published, the book is brilliant, one of those incredible first novels that shows the author knows more about writing than some long-established authors. The ending had me laughing for minutes, and though I had once told a friend that I would never read it again (while still in the disturbing subject matter of the first fifty pages) I look forward to additional readings of this classic in the years to come.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bfa18dc) out of 5 stars Brilliant darkness 18 Nov. 2002
By This Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book to any fan of Philip K. Dick. (At times Jeter's fiercely ironic style made me wonder if I was in fact reading a "lost" Phil Dick novel!) Jeter's perverse, dark vision of the L.A.of the future envelops your senses with a mixture of revulsion and fascination as the story unfolds. Other reviewers here have already summarized the plot and setting, so let me just add that the book is disturbing and brilliant, and if you can stomach the sexual perversions and gore, you will come away astonished that somehow "Dr. Adder" (written pre-1972, anticipating cyberpunk by at least 12 years) has escaped your attention until now. The afterword by Dick is noteworthy too. One of the characters in the novel is based on Dick, although Phil mis-identifies that character in his afterword, in my opinion.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bfa1d14) out of 5 stars pre-cyberpunk 28 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
_Dr. Adder_ by K.W. Jeter is about a dark and violent Los Angeles of the future in which terrorists can be heroes to a disaffected youth.

One of society's idols, Dr. Adder, can, for price, plunge into a client's subconscious and dig up his or her deepest sexual desires, then provide the necessary surgical modifications
to fulfill those desires. Hoping to wreak vengeance upon
Dr. Adder and break his stranglehold upon society, his
equally dark foe stages a violent end for Dr. Adder which is ultimately fought in a cyberspace-like melding of minds and television networks.

Action-filled and a quick read, this book is recommended for fans of a sort of dark, pre-cyberpunk in the style of Philip K. Dick.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bfa40e4) out of 5 stars Mildly lascivious, but hardly ban-worthy. 6 Jan. 2009
By Zoey Killswitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The first novel by K.W. Jeter, it was considered at it's time to be too taboo or just plain "sick" and so took a lot of struggle and a healthy dose of Phillip K. Dick to get it published. Apparently the world was a much more conservative place back then because by today's standards, it's fairly light reading.
While there is an overt theme of sexual perversion, violence, and drug use, it is not excessive; the story seems to focus on the events surrounding these activities, but not necessarily as a direct result of such.
The characters take a while to develop and the reader is able to keep them at arms length throughout most of the book so the suspension of disbelief is not as well developed as often occurs in Jeter's short stories and later works.
Although vacillating between sparks of eureka prose and post-adolescent mumbling with the occasional Jeter fifty-word sentence, it is a quick read and, for being his first novel, wasn't too bad.
As a special treat, I found the "illustrated" version. --Don't buy it for the artwork.
Those already familiar with Jeter's work will appreciate the budding seed of the writer's voice in Dr. Adder; the rest may likely only consider the book a misogynistic dystopia of mutilated hookers and oddly segmented prose.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bfa41e0) out of 5 stars Good Intro to Jeter 8 Jan. 2011
By W. McMillin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I looked for this book for a couple of years (before the net's book search engines) because it was considered a banned scifi book in the vein of Dick. Jeter's book does have the singular universe appeal of Dick but not a variant of Dick. Jeter is his own righter. The book is dark and never lets up. I will admit that it is an early work and shows some of the failures of a new author, but I will take this over his schck work (i.e. Star Wars and Star Trek)any day. I don't begrudge Jeter for making a living only I am not a fan of that work. I am surprised by how accurate much of Dr. Adder is. It is a scary version of speculative fiction that becomes less speculative with every passing year.
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