Nymphomation Hardcover – Oct 2 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Cyberpunk fans will welcome the reprint of Jeff Noon's joyfully received prequel to Vurt, Nymphomation, a conspiracy thriller in which math geniuses Daisy Love and Jazir Malik's fascination with Domino Bones, the seductive new lottery, leads them on a labyrinthine biotech romp fraught with fractal propagation, sinister flying and talking advertisements, futuristic rave culture and murder, artificial intelligence-style.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
The air of Manchester is alive with blurbvurts: automated advertisements chanting their slogans. But the loudest of all is for Domino Bones, the new lottery game. Every Friday night, the winning numbers are illuminated on the body of Lady Luck, the voluptuous figurehead of the game. For the winner, it is unimaginable riches, for the losers, another week to wait for the bones to fall. But there is only one real winner: The Company, which plays the city's fragile expectations with callous ease. When a group of math students begins looking at the mind-numbing probabilities, they slowly uncover the sinister realities behind the mania. The Company is using nymphomation, an evolutionary process that has the power to take over the city's dreams. "THE FACE" called this "a scarily plausible vision of biorobotic advertisements and burger chain-sponsored police forces." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
i'd looked at this book - and jeff noon in particular, quite a bit in the bookstores. kept picking it up, then putting it down again .. then again, and again. it started with 'automated alice', one of his other books (which is now, after reading this, next on my list to purchase!), and i just somehow picked this one up instead.
i have never found a science-fiction book to be so poetic. the style, the rhythm, the characterisation.. everything felt like a bizarre cubist landscape, with super-automated camera jibes. twists and turns - this is a book for the imaginative, for those who can -see- a book while it is being read.. read it in one sitting. jeff noon is absolutely incredible, and i fully intend to purchase the rest of his artistry.
"Nymphomation" has much of the fascinating style and energy that Vurt is very capable of, but seems to lack substance for me.
As before, I loved being immersed in Noon's scrambled vision of the almost future. I breathlessly trailed along with his characters racing towards their uncertain fates as their dark world of Manchester bubbled and squirmed under the influence of the Blurbflies that were inexorably saturating their consciousness.
And then, and then...... no biggy.
If you have the time, read this one for the trip, but not for the destination.
Remember, reading Jeff Noon makes you smart.