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Vurt Paperback – January 15, 1996
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But no review can do Noon's writing justice: it's a phantasmagoric combination of the more imaginative science fiction masters, such as Phillip K. Dick, genres such as cyberpunk and pulp fiction, and drug culture.
If this tickles your fancy, you should definitely consider the sequel to Vurt, Pollen, or Noon's lighter and more accessible Automated Alice, a modern recasting of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More About the Author
For more info either visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Noon
or Jeff's website www.metamorphiction.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I can see why this book is not for all. I can even relate with the negative reviews it has been receiving on this web site. If I were to remove myself from the emotional and the more intuitive responses this novel evokes in me, I too might label it drug-obsessed and not the most original; or the writing style somewhat pretentious and over-the-top.
But, whether because I stem from a culture of electronic music, psychedelic drugs, and crusty fashion or because I tend to romanticize everything in life to death, this book has captured and moved me deeply.
So please, read this book if you too are a dreamer, like me. And read it if you've ever found yourself looking over that field of shattered glass, like an illusion gleaming, hiding the scum and the stench of Anytown-Bottletown, hoping for something better. Searching for a reality more satisfying than this, because you've always known this world is not your own. Linking the hunger with sexual love then discovering (in letting it go) that the insatiability goes far beyond.
It's about escape. This book is a momentary escape.
From the first sentence of the book, I was drawn in. I forced myself to read only one chapter at a time, to actually consider what I'd read and let it sink in, and that made this book that much richer. To me, it heralded back to Clockwork Orange. The Stash Riders (made up of Scribble, Beetle, Mandy, and Bridget) have their own vocabulary grown from the world they inhabit - where feathers can hold their fondest dreams or worst nightmares, where the worst poison comes from dreamsnakes, where pure is poor, and where shadowcops lurk above every all-night Vurt-U-Want.
Scribble is a young man, not so out of the ordinary, who wants nothing more than to have his sister back again. That want drives him to a destiny he'd not even considered, gaining and losing almost everything in the process.
I'm enamoured with this book. It stays on my nightstand so I can hear Scribble tell his story whenever I want. Let Jeff Noon take you into his tangibly ethereal world.
Noon has cooked up a futuristic and surrealistic world. The language is colourful and takes some getting used to. The world isn't explained thoroughly; some readers will certainly find Vurt too strange a feather to swallow. However, if you can accept that the world doesn't always make sense, the story moves on with a good pace and the plot is interesting.
Vurt isn't the easiest and most accessible book, but it's worth the effort. If you like it, there's more: Noon has written several books set in the same vurtual world.
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This book was absolutely awesome! I love the psychedelic feel it had and it made quite an interesting story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ty Thornton
Read it nearly twenty years ago. Read it again from time to time. Still fresh, still fun, still exciting.Published 6 months ago by DBLDOC
Not for everyone's taste I suppose, but the way Noon uses language is like an exquisitely crafted music box. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bart Mann
I liked this book!
It has a definite pulp feel and patterns after authors like Philip K. Dick and William Burroughs, writing about strange psychedelic experiences in... Read more
This is the best book of its generation. I think it really captures something, an atmosphere that you see today reflected in china Mieville and Paolo Bacigalupi.Published 19 months ago by W. Davis
The booble-bling-blah made the doodle-ding-dah and when the blibble-bling-bang said, "Gooble-glee-glah," I said, "Fooble fling-flah," and then the dooble-ding-dongs... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by B. Crosby
I love this story very unique & interesting. Very well written and it held my interest all the way through.Published on November 25, 2013 by Kimberly-Ann