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by Jeff Noon (Author)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312141440, Paperback)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.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:27:33 -0400)
In an alternate version of Manchester, England, society has been shaped by Vurt, a hallucinogenic drug accessed by sucking on color-coded feathers. Scribble and his sister Desdemona use it for their enjoyment of incestuous sex, but then Desdemona gets replaced by an amorphous blob, and Scribble descends into a virtual reality underworld of violence and sex to search for her.
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