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Vurt Paperback – Jan 15 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (Jan. 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312141440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312141448
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Vurt, by Jeff Noon, is one of the greatest cyberpunk novels I have read. We are set on a journey to find Scribble's long lost sister Desdemona through a world of colorful drug feathers. These feathers are stuck in the back of the throat in order to induce a sort of hallucination or virtual reality, or "Vurt." Blue feathers induce the feelings and emotions of nice sweet dreams, black feathers show the person both love and pain, and yellows are something practically no one can find. The yellow feather is the most dangerous and deadly drug feather, a person may not come out of it alive. First the reader is led into a world of Vurt-You-Want stores and a dark, drug-addicted society. Society has been addicted to the feathers for some time now in the novel, while some characters are trying to get the same feelings they got from the feathers from things more herbal, like some of the drugs we have around today. We are surrounded by serious characters with goofy names like Beetle, Twinkle, and The Thing-from-Outer-Space. While the characters may have unusual names, they bring Vurt to life with each of their own unique personalities. Beetle is the group leader and has a strong, and rather mean personality, which makes it easy for him to keep the Stash Riders in order. Twinkle started off as the youngest Stash Rider and has shown her dedication to the group. The Thing-from-Outer Space is an actual alien that was from a yellow Vurt feather. The Stash Riders are like the groups of kids in the short story "Cyberpunk" by Bruce Bethke, because they all are rebelling in one-way or another. The characters in both short story and novel don't want to conform to society. As I read I kept wanting more, and Noon gave more. The novel kept me so intrigued that I had a hard time putting it down. My mind was on a constant imagination trip while reading this wonderful book.
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The colors on the cover of Jeff Noon's "Vurt" are something of a clue to what lies inside: a technicolor dreamworld where the pace of life approaches that of a video game. But we're not in Kansas anymore from the opening pages: the world Noon spins is one of robo-crusties, shadowgoths, fleshcops, and, of course, the feathers.
The basic plot is a little convoluted, but it basically involves an underground culture similar to the drug culture today (I have heard that Noon drew on the Manchester drug/rave scene to create his hollow lanscapes of urban decay and drugged-out escapism). In this culture there is a group of "stash riders", our heroes, who lounge around tripping on feathers which send you into a virtual reality when they are placed in the mouth. Scribble, the protagonist, is trying to go far enough into the "vurt" to find answers about the disappearance of his sister.
More than any other book out there, "Vurt" deserves to be made into a movie. Its insanely intense visuals would just now be able to be translated onscreen, thanks to computer technology. But at the same time it is fun to imagine your own versions of pivotal scenes, such as someone dying by melting into luminous fractals. The pacing of the story is so breakneck that it almost leaves you breathless to close the book at the end. And after Noon's hilarious descriptions of some of the people and things in the book, I have very detailed images of them in my mind. I recommend this book to anyone interested in cyberpunk, the drug culture,, or movies like "Strange Days" and "The Thirteenth Floor".
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Format: Paperback
"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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Jeff Noon's Vurt is a semi-formulaic futuristic thriller in the now extant genre termed cyberpunk. Those of you over 40 may recognize this as a psychedelic,chartreuse and flame orange colored, dreadlocked, street talkin' version of what we used to call science fiction.
Which is not to say that it is all bad. In fact, the stuff has got hold of me like crack cocaine. I started with William Gibson and now I can't put the stuff down. I went to the bookstore the other day fully intending to buy Anne Tyler's new novel, and I walked out with Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon instead.
OK, it's genre, still anyone who misspent their youth in the idle pursuit of sensation will instantly recognize the kernel of truth in Noon's characters. They're twenty something adolescent-adults obsessed with what is entirely appropriate to that age: sex, drugs, and idealistic rebellion.
This book isn't for the squeamish; Noon crosses boundaries in the imagination that most writers won't even draw near, at the same time luring the reader deeper and deeper into a strange mutation of the present while slowly peeling away the layers of disbelief until you find yourself completely suspended in this incredible but suddenly plausible world.
Worth the read, though you'll never feel quite the same way about your dog again.
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