- 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)
Pixel Juice Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998
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For more info either visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Noon
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"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
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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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I revisited Jeff Noon about 15 -20 years after I'd read his earlier works Vurt, Pollen, Automated Alice
I feel his work is actually standing the test of time pretty well,... Read more
Awesome little book of odd stories in Noon style - gotta love it!Published 12 months ago by richie_stick
This book has probably been one of the biggest influences on my own writing style--and it's not hard to see why. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2010 by H. Coverley
A book of short stories fitting nicely in a genre of strange science fiction. The stories flow very nicely and there are common threads throughout the book without feeling forced. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2010 by aceadrian
Very good value present for my daughter, which arrived in plenty of time to gift wrap for Christmas. Reliable service.Published on 19 Jan. 2010 by JEC HILLS
This guy just makes you seethe with envy at how many ideas he seems to spew onto the page!! This is a collection of short stories which all follow a definite and defined style, but... Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2004 by Nathan Pierce
Any book this size that has 50 short stories contained within it shouldhave a few duds, but this is simply not the case. Read morePublished on 20 April 2004 by Richard Kelly