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Product Details

  • Series: Vurt (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312141440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312141448
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

If you like challenging science fiction, then Jeff Noon is the author for you. Vurt, winner of the 1994 Arthur C. Clarke award, is a cyberpunk novel with a difference, a rollicking, dark, yet humorous examination of a future in which the boundaries between reality and virtual reality are as tenuous as the brush of a feather.

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

British novelist Noon debuts with a futuristic tale of a hallucinogenic drug that spins users into virtual worlds.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Jeff Noon was born in Manchester in 1957. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His first novel, Vurt, was published in 1993 and went on to win the Arthur C. Clarke Award. His other books include Pollen, Automated Alice, Nymphomation, Pixel Juice, Needle in the Groove, Cobralingus, Falling Out Of Cars and most recently Channel Sk1n. His plays include Woundings, The Modernists and Dead Code.

For more info either visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Noon
or Jeff's website www.metamorphiction.com.

Customer Reviews

Vurt is a feather... Vurt is one of the most challenging books I've read to date.
Shikantaza
It take a few pages to get in tune with his way of writing, which is part of the fun, and when you do it's a roller coaster ride.
Piper Pneumatic
In this, his first book, Jeff Noon has created an original futuristic world which is at times familiar yet sometimes strange.
Mr P. J. Ruane

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sharpie_revolution on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I personally really enjoyed this book, but I've also enjoyed other works by Noon, so maybe it just comes down to my taste. I could see why some wouldn't like it, it's not revolutionary or anything. I did however, find the characters to be compelling and realistic and I didn't have a problem with the dialogue as suggested in another review. Then again I've done a lot of drugs, hung out with addicts, squatters, and punks, and generally enjoy books about these topics. The characters reminded me of old friends I've had and the scenerio was exciting enough to keep me interested.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
Vurt, by Jeff Noon is one of the most creative books that I have read in the sf&f world. It seems almost like a combo of A Clockwork Orange (the way Jeff Noon invents words, deriving them from words already in existance; also the all night Vurt-You-Want is analagous to the Korova Milkbar), Neuromancer (the general style of writing, cyberpunk theme), and Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland (the sort of mysticism that surrounds the plot, how a child is chasing down something that seems trivial to others, how he encounters a strage and almost magical world, paralelling to reality), and finally of Tekwar (the theme deals with the solicitation of drugs that don't exist in the non fiction world, and the battling that goes along with them). The plotline is very simple when you strip it of detail, which is part of why it becomes such an intriguinging, such a simple plotline bears such a complex plot. I think that Jeff Noon did a commendable job on his first book, and look ! forward to reading more books by him.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "rhaeve" on April 13, 2003
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"A young boy puts a feather into his mouth..."
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.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "distorto_tech" on February 24, 2001
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Please don't read Vurt if you are a sub-culture literature snob. And don't read it if you are a Sci-Fi elitist. And if you like to intellectualize the merit of a work against the established canon (even if that canon is considered cultish or underground or whatever) or critique it within a particular lineage, please stay clear of this book.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikko Saari on August 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Vurt is an odd beast. I found it hard to start with, but soon the world had sucked me in. In futuristic Manchester those looking for hallucinogenic experiences suck on feathers to enter virtual worlds, Vurts. Stash Riders, a bunch of miscellaneous losers, hunt for interesting feathers and try to find Desdemona, who got stuck in a bad Vurt.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1997
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With all the hype and reviews of this book, I was expecting a cross between William Gibson and Willian Burroughs. Instead, its more like a cross of Gibson and Stephen King. While having a good concept to work with, i.e. virtual reality drug/software distributed in feathers, it sort of runs out of ideas when it actually gets into the virtual world. It falls back on cheap horror thrills, lots of blood and violence, while trying to build up credibility with alot of tough street talk. This is a pretty good sci-fi thriller with a weird incest angle, but hardly in the league of Neil Stephenson or even Gibson. When it comes to describing altered states, this guy is an amateur compared to Burroughs. And unlike Burroughs, the writing style in nothing revolutionary.
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