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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.
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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.
Because I loved JDATE this was recommended. No. This is not Burroughs . This is a pale imitation of psychedelic literature. I had no burning desire to re-read or think about what I had read. The incest was just creepy, the feathers as an obvious phallic symbol were creepy. The writing and story just plodded along.
Please rethink before you give a 5 star rating (unless you are being paid I suppose) for many of us are starting to look past five star ratings. I now seek out the 1 - 4 and see the overall feelings about the book.
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.
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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If you're reading this book for the first time now, circe 2016, I can understand why it might be underwhelming for some. Read morePublished 1 month ago by EnglishGirl
Been forever since I read it, but remember it was good. Little bit of *spoilers* incest that changed it from a book I would've given to my little brother to one I would recommend... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin G. Flynn
This book was absolutely awesome! I love the psychedelic feel it had and it made quite an interesting story. Read morePublished 7 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 11 months ago by Shawna Galaxy
Not for everyone's taste I suppose, but the way Noon uses language is like an exquisitely crafted music box. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bart Mann
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 on July 10, 2014 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