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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 the Hardcover edition.
British novelist Noon debuts with a futuristic tale of a hallucinogenic drug that spins users into virtual worlds.
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I think I have read this book about 15 times. It never gets old. By far the best in the series.Published on March 7 2013 by James McWade
VURT is an average attempt at mimicking the style of the cyberpunk genre using a different set of reality obfuscating techniques. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by C. Baker
Is it possible to embrace an incestuous protagonist? To side with a gang of cop-killers? To care about people who are rootless and careless and directionless? Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by C. Myers
This book is a dazzling journey which plunges you into a psychedelic, grimy near-future ruled by anarchy. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Gregory Baird
Vurt takes you down, in, out, and through a drug warped reality of the future. Always entertaining and intoxicating. Vurt gives you access to another world....Go visit!Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Christopher A. Dowling
This is most definately one of the best books there are to read out there. The plot pulls you into the Vurt, it's amazing. This is Noon's best work, no doubt.Published on Nov. 17 2003
I bought this book on the strength of winning an Arthur C. Clark award and the customer reviews on Amazon.com.
It didn't work for me. Read more
For those who enjoy being challenged by what they read, enticed into a world so different that one can actually relate to it, then Jeff Noon's novel Vurt is for you. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002
If you haven't read Vurt, stop everything and read it now. There is nothing like finding a lush universe o'er brimming with clever characters and novel concepts, word play and... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002 by Land Shark