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Vurt by Jeff Noon

Vurt (1993)

by Jeff Noon

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In its own category although it could be put in cyberpunk, dystopian, surreal, literary science fiction. It's one of those books that produces a sense of awe, that hits you somewhere deep and a bit of it sticks to your psyche even years later. Genius, underrated classic. ( )
  Paperpuss | Feb 25, 2019 |
How abstract are you willing to go? If you're not scared of a little meta then this book is for you. This book takes an LSD trip and combines it with an ever lasting Virtual reality trip. Drugs are administered through feathers, which you almost swallow. That's pretty much the most concrete one can get describing the contents of this novel.

The plot revolves around a writer (Scribble) who loses his sister in an out of control virtual reality drug trip. In exchange he ends up with a being from that reality. In the rest of the book the main character tries to rescue his sister by trading back the alien for his sister. Reading this feels like being chased by sensory overload, as if that could be a monster hunting you.

Vurt is often compared to works by William Gibson, but unlike Gibson Jeff Noon actually provides assistance here and there to help you understand the maddening world of the protagonist. It takes effort reading this novel but it's worth it. Once you get used to the language, the character confusions and the reality stretching world descriptions, you're in for quite a trip.

If you can get a hold of a library edition then try that first, although the book is good, it's definitely an acquired taste. ( )
  TheCriticalTimes | Jan 7, 2019 |

I was not really blown away by the book, as so many readers clearly were when it first came out (including the Clarke judges, who in my view should have gone for Snow Crash). Cyberpunk isn’t really my subgenre, Dick did the Dickian bits better, the characterisation is rather flat, and in the set-up, the state rather implausibly seems to have little contact with the alternative scene of our protagonists (when in fact you’d expect police and welfare agencies at least to be keeping a wary eye and at worst to be complicit in the supply of dubious substances). I found it rather dragged, despite its relatively short length. I can see why some people liked it, but it didn’t really work for me. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 23, 2018 |
I've read this book probably two dozen times in the past 15 years and it just gets better and better. ( )
  jeneria | Jan 28, 2016 |
This is an odd book that isn't really Science Fiction, or Fantasy - It straddles the two genres.. Maybe New Weird is the best you can do...

Anyway, this book is about drugs (maybe) - drugs that allow you to share dreams with your friends, if you do the same "feather" at the same time. This is maybe the future world. Or maybe its a dream... but there are four types of sentient creatures - humans, dogs, Robos, and Shadow. There is possibly Vurt (short for virtual?) creatures. Anway, Scribble, our hero, lost his sister to the Vurt. She was traded with a creature, a lump of squirming meat. Scribble wants to get her back - and the only way to do that is to trade something of equal value.

Anyway, its an easy read, but it isn't. The story doesn't explain the world, it just throws you in. A reader needs to pay attention. The world is slippery - its hard to figure out what is going on. Luckily, at the core, the story is simple. A boy looking for his sister.

Read this if you want something weird and slippery. ( )
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Noon, JeffAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lundwall, Sam J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magee, JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thiemann, UteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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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.… (more)

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