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Pollen by Jeff Noon
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Pollen (edition 1997)

by Jeff Noon

Series: Vurt (2)

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"This innovative volume offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world... Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction" - Setha M. Low, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York "A critical analysis of power and politics is essential to an understanding of contemporary urbanism.  Informative and challenging, clear and sophisticated, Urban Politics: Critical Approaches encourages readers to grapple with the great diversity of analytical lenses that frame urban political research through detailed, engaging case studies" - Eugene McCann, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Canada This critical, thought provoking discussion of contemporary urban politics places key issues in a geographical context. Divided into three sections: The urban as political setting The urban as political medium The urban as political community The text provides a thorough theoretical grounding with an extensive thematic overview. This unique approach links classical, institutional urban politics with a broader set of urban politics and practices. With case study material integrated throughout, and consideration given to the discussion of different urban politics from multiple theoretical perspectives, this is a completely up to date overview for students of urban geography, urban studies, urban sociology, and of course, urban politics.… (more)
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Title:Pollen
Authors:Jeff Noon
Info:Pan Books (1997), Paperback, 336 pages
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Very interesting premise of a pollen count so high that people sneeze themselves to death but this just isn't a patch on Vert.

Perhaps Vert had such an effect on me that none of his books can compare. I'm not sure. I did have a long gap between reading the first 200 pages and finishing the book and perhaps that played a part. ( )
  mirshad | May 28, 2015 |
A proper curates egg of a book. Interesting in large measure, exhilarating in many respects, but the overall impression is of a book trying too hard to live up to the reputation of its predecessor. ( )
  dgold | Aug 10, 2013 |
On re-read, just as good as ever. Dream-like and disturbing, mind-expanding and gripping. You want to know what happens next to whom, and you want to live in that world. Maybe. ( )
  comixminx | Apr 5, 2013 |
Although this is a sequel to Vurt, it is not a by-the-numbers repeat of that earlier work. This one takes some of the elements that were briefly touched upon and develops them much more comprehensively and we get to learn more of what vurt is and also the diversity of beings that inhabit both worlds. There's pretty much a whole new cast of characters this time around as well. From shadowcops to dog-men and x-cabbers that will take you anywhere you want to go as long as it's on the map and you have the fare.

Coyote, the last of the independent cabbies gets a pickup from one of the places the x-cabbers won't go. Limbo, home to the half-dead, is where he meets Persephone who just wants a ride into the city. But is this young girl more than she seems? The ride doesn't end well for the driver but he's only the first. His body is found with flowers growing out of his throat but when he is probed by Sybil, the shadowcop, it's found that he died with a smile on his face. Not long after there's an infestation of exotic flora that is causing the pollen count to rise to astronomical figures and the hay fever that results is crippling the city's inhabitants. Only those who can't dream are immune to the effects. What's causing it all and why does the chief of police seem to be obstructing the case and working with Columbus, owner of the x-cabbers?

This book could be read as a stand-alone work but I wouldn't really recommend doing so. Some of the concepts here were first introduced in the previous book and I doubt that the reader would gain the understanding without reading Vurt beforehand. Considering this falls under the cyberpunk banner, there isn't a lot of tech or science with the story heading into more fantastical and phantasmagorical ways with the vurt world wanting to expand into the real world. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Nov 13, 2012 |
My favourite Sci Fi book, it brings the realms of many world, visceral, conceptual, hypothetical, atomic, to physicality. Amazing. ( )
  lostintheinnercity | Jul 25, 2012 |
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