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Pixel Juice Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385408595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385408592
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Noon was born in Manchester in 1957. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His first novel, Vurt, was published in 1993 and went on to win the Arthur C. Clarke Award. His other books include Pollen, Automated Alice, Nymphomation, Pixel Juice, Needle in the Groove, Cobralingus, Falling Out Of Cars and most recently Channel Sk1n. His plays include Woundings, The Modernists and Dead Code.

For more info either visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Noon
or Jeff's website www.metamorphiction.com.

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Amazon Review

"In the first shop they bought a packet of dogseed, because Doreen had always wanted to grow her own dog". Here we go again with Jeff Noon's own highly idiosyncratic approach to life, technology, England and literature. After four novels - Vurt, Pollen, Automated Alice and Nymphomation- Noon has now assembled over 50 fragmentary stories (although the word "story" does not give anything like an accurate representation of these charged pieces of imaginative mayhem) that skip around from adverts to fairy tales, from weirdly rough-cut poetry to highly unorthodox board games. "For my seventh birthday I asked my dad to steal us a bike" asks the splendidly unsentimental narrator of Pixel Face. "I can't locate that shit", replies the hassled father, "How about a new computer?" "I tell him I've got two already", replies the charming son, "and if he doesn't deliver the bike, I'm telling the cops about him". All you need to know about the mores and morality of the future is in this book. --Nick Wroe

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From the breakdown zones of the mediasphere and the margins of dance culture comes a selection of fifty stories, each one strange, telling, disturbing, or sometimes just plain weird: urban fairytales, instructions for lost machines, true confessions, word-dizzy roller-coasters, product recalls, adverts for mad gadgets, dub cut prose remixes. Throughout them all, Jeff Noon delights in the magical possibilities of language, creating a wholly new kind of storytelling.

Ideas-per-page rating, dangerously close to the legal limit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Jeff Noon is one of the most innovative and clever authors of modern science fiction. He subverts and reinvents the conventions of the genre, and injects a lot of urban weirdness. Pixel Juice is his first and so far only collection of short stories, and he's excelled. Almost every one of these 50 stories (it's a lot, but they're mostly very short) has one or more bizarre ideas at its core, and it's a pleasure discovering the contents of Jeff Noon's mind. Noon veers between simple narrative, anecdote, limerick sequences, newspaper article, cybernetic dog-slang, haiku, rap, and any number of other styles. He's impossible to pin down, and you wouldn't want to. Ideas like the vurt feather or the domino lottery have been expanded to entire books, but here's all the ephemera that wouldn't fill a novel, but work brilliantly in just a story. Pixel Juice is excellent.
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50 short stories, each one revealing a new provocative or introspective idea. Noon's imagination is clearly quite incredible - I have never read a book with so many individual ideas. Noon also uses language in an entirely different way, the rhythm of his writing and the thoughts he conveys through his words are very powerful - the story might take only two minutes to read but it leaves you pondering the meaning or the moral. Jeff Noon has written a book which is incredible, an "off switch" for humans, swarming adverts, and the story of a young pimp who grows up. This is a great gift for someone 14+ who is interested in the human mind, and in culture and change.
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If you can read better its only a dream. Beautifully constructed narratives that open your mind to the stories themselves. Details that are portrayed so perfectly in a way that only Jeff Noon has mastered. Fairy tales of the future.
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By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2013
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Presented here is a collection of short stories which delight and stimulate the intellect, mainly because they consider out-of-the-ordinary "What If?" concepts. Some might call this Science Fiction or Fantasy, but it is really more Speculative because many of the plots have neither a 'science' nor 'magic' basis at all while still being a completely original look at something one might otherwise have considered ordinary, or more likely not considered at all.

It reminds me strongly of some of the better alternative fiction published in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Golden Age SF authors began exploring refreshingly new themes which were deeper and cleverer than the formulaic space opera of the pulps from the 1930s and 1940s. The quality of Noon's writing is excellent, with varied and relevant use of English to suit the tale in hand. None of the forty-eight stories (plus Prologue and Epilogue) are too long, but all are long enough. Necessary and Sufficient; brilliant.

I came across this book purely by accident, and had to buy my own copy as a 'keeper'. Serendipity has rewarded me with a cracking good read, and lots of new ideas. It takes real skill to be able to tell a complete and convincing story in only a few words whilst still conveying a deep sense of involvement with memorable characters. Isaac Asimov was a master of the very short SF story, as were for example Idris Seabright (Margaret St Clair), Robert Silverberg and Ray Bradbury, and I would rank Jeff Noon with these.

Recommended.
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There's no denying, "Pixel Juice" is a complete trip of a read, from start to finish. Whether that's your sort of thing or not is another matter.
"Pixel Juice" is a collection of 50 stories/poems/game instructions/dictionary definitions, all concocted and set in an alternative futuristic Manchester, but all with a slight twist of the fabric of reality. Typical elements of some of the stories include people with moons growing in their stomachs, technologies able to recreate lost celebrities through the strength of their charisma, mirrors that reflect other peoples' images, killer adverts and lots more psychadelic, thechnophallic and kaliedacelic creations all await the reader.
Anyone who has enjoyed Noons previous works will not be disappointed. The vurtual world of feather suckers and DJs is revisited, there are several wordplays and nifty puns, and some truly great Noonesque stories in here. My only disappointment is that some of the stories end too abruptly, or at just the point where the reader is expecting a denoumemnt. Sometimes one is offered. Sometimes, however, one is lacking, or only appears vaguely in another chapter which begs more questions than it answers. However, the writing style is sharp and varied, and the stories within themselves are still satisfying.
To the uninitiated, "Pixel Juice" may seem confusing, irritating, absurd or unsatisfying in some places, but avid readers are likely to find a few gems hidden amid the confusing tales. It's not a good starting point for Noon, but whether they're a first timer to this author or a die hard fan, the experience of reading "Pixel Juice" is a bit like a legal literary high. Ingenious!
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Having read Jeff's other titles including Automated Alice, I didn't think there was much more that this man could do. Pixel Juice definitely disproved that. It was witty, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable furthering my adoration of Jeff. I would fully advise anyone wanting laughs and intellectual stimulation in one as well as an introduction into one of the most underrated and talented authors of our generation to buy and read this book. You're missing out if you don't! Thanks to Jeff as well for being so kind as to sign my copy - a truly brilliant writer.
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