Vurt Kindle Edition
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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 alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- File size : 955 KB
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Publication date : October 25, 2012
- Print length : 395 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Tor; Main Market edition (October 25, 2012)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0230768806
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B009W2HKXM
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,208,857 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It has a definite pulp feel and patterns after authors like Philip K. Dick and William Burroughs, writing about strange psychedelic experiences in surreal dystopian futures. In fact the writing is nowhere as good as either of those authors, and there are places where the narrative is scattered and loose. But overall it's a wonderful ride, one that doesn't come around very often.
Many elements of this strange story are unforgettably hallucinatory. The world the story takes place in is developed quite well. Finally, the story, in the end, could probably be read somewhat allegorically, and it is possible that there are intimations at deeper levels of purpose and symbolism than I am now aware of.
It's a fun, and moves fast, and is full of beauty and strangeness that, again, the combination-of is quite rare. I do recommend it, especially for fans of alternate-reality stories.
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It feels like the complete vision of this authors imagination. A drug addled, dystopian roller coaster of a nightmare; set in an alternate reality which blurs the boundaries between real life and the 'feather' high and an unfamiliar cast of creatures: human, synthetic, part canine and shadow.
None of these things is ever fully explained but that is part and parcel of the experience.
Reading this novel is like jumping onto a moving train which takes you through an unfamiliar landscape at break neck speed. All the scenery is there but there's no time to fully examine it and you didn't get your copy of the guide book. You have to keep up with the narrator and main protagonist, Scribble and hope that the most pertinent dots will be joined up as the adventure moves along. Some are, some aren't. However, the story still manages to be: humorous, revolting, violent, moving, tense, poignant and always engaging.
I'm really not sure if it's a three and a half or a five star rating. I'm still ruminating but from the jumping on point, I liked it. I liked it a lot, so I'll go with four stars. Bite down on the feather if you dare and see where it takes you.
Note on the Kindle version: only spotted one small typo; other than that, all good.
I downloaded this on a whim and was not disappointed. 'Vurt' is set against the backdrop of a future (and alternate) Manchester where gene splicing has led to a whole variety of new human-animal-robo hybrids, along with the blending of these with a virtual dream world called the Vurt, to which everyone is addicted, and a psychic ability imbued by 'shadow'. It follows the fortunes of a streetwise gang whose members, as documented by the 1st person character Mr Squiggle, really go through the grinder in the continual search for the next Vurt high and a lover / sister lost in a virtual dream world where nothing is for free and must be exchanged for something of equal 'value' in the real world (sometimes that something is a friend or loved one).
Brilliant, challenging and a real gem of a debut novel by a UK author that, if you're a hard cyberpunk fan, you'll be adding to your list of favourites!
Reality is a Manchester of the future, a slightly darker, grimmer Manchester to the one we know. The door to the dream is the Vurt feather. place it in your mouth, brush it on your throat,lay it on your tounge...and you are there.
Meet Scribble who is searching for his sister - lost to the vurt, His friends who seek different things within the escapism offered by the feathers, and through it all the Game Cat. Listen to the Cat kitlings for he has travelled the feathers, He has ridden the vurt, and he knows...far more than he is telling.
I picked this up on a recommendation and am now on my third copy, it's been borrowed, borrowed back (by me) and the only reason I needed extra copies was to replace the one that didn't come back ( thanx guys). Expect Noon to take you places you'd never been and never thaught to go - and my advice ? Dont pick it up unless you have time to finish it...you WONT want to put it down.
..and a girl puts a feather into her mouth