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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: La Volte (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2917157011
  • ISBN-13: 978-2917157015
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,817 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.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 17 Sep 2003
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By katydeer@lycosmail.com on 16 May 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trelloskilos on 26 Sep 2005
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bearbear1188" on 12 Nov 2004
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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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Rarely have I found an author who has excited me enough to go hunt down all of his works. I seem to find myself returning to this more often than the others, mainly due to its nice bite size short stories.
Noon has created himself a virtual (or vurtual) world, mainly based round the wondeful city of Manchester. This is a series of stories from that world, usually set from just a short distance into the future right up to quite some time in the future. Everyday items, concepts that we're used to in life are twisted further and further as the timeline goes on and on. Nightclub DJing becomes an actual future battle of the gladiators, with successful sounds and moves rocking the dancefloor and damaging the opponent, with only one winner. How that in the future, PR image is everything, age is not counted in years but by image revamps, everyone has their own organic personal adverts flying around. The curious tale of how a scientist discovers that the human body has an 'off' switch. All told in such a fashion that you feel that this IS fact and the way things will happen. There are so many stories in this collection so I won't ruin it for you by detailing them all here. Just try dipping into the vibrant world of Noon, his writing style is like no other (I personally like the way that he DJ mixes parts of stories together to make a remix, the end of one story has phrases from the beginning of the next spliced over the top ... great stuff for someone with a DJ mind like me).
If you really want to dip into the FULL Vurtual world of Noon, this is a good place to start but the best book of his to begin your journey with is Vurt. Highly original.
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