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5.0 out of 5 stars Future (remixed)
The first of Noon's books. Take a trip into the twisted world of future Manchester, a world where everything we know around us has just warped that little bit more as time has progressed. People taking trips using brightly coloured feathers, the police force sponsored by the worldwide burger chain, DJs projecting music via their mind into nightclubs, the mix of humanity...
Published on 8 Oct 2003 by Simon J. Whight
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3.0 out of 5 stars So much potential, but it didn't quite do it for me
The first half of this book absolutely blew me away, I thought it was one of the most incredible things I'd ever read, I got through it in a couple hours and was hungry for more. Then I came to Part 2, and suddenly I felt like I'd spoken too soon.
I really would love if someone could explain to me what on earth the section where they go into the world of the...
Published on 8 Jun 2007 by Vrinda Pendred
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new level of writing.,
This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)This really changed my outlook on books. I read this when I was 13. What it showed me was the amazing way an author can invent a world, less by amazing ideas and predictions of the future and more by feelings and senses that you can relate to from drawing on your experiences of being high. Ten years on I still find this book exhilarating and exciting. Thoroughly recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vurt - A book that will change your pespective,
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This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)There really is nothing I can say to do this book justice, if you read it you'll know what I mean, and I strongly advise you do. It is Trainspotting meets Hackers, it is very emotionally written, if somewhat sketchily planned, but it has so many elements of the real world I'm not sure it can be classed as sci-fi. To me it really is one of the few genuine must reads.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly life changing?,
This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)I am a student, and we were mucking about in the libary at lunch one wet break - and i saw this book in the shelf and picked it out due to the versions random colour scheme. I read the blurb and thought it sounded ok. I started reading...
When i finished it a few weeks later (i'm a slow reader...) i new it was the best book i had ever read. It's perfect mix of violence, sex, futuristic drugs, and an incredibly emotional and heart-pounding, creative and immaginative story just blew me away.
I talked my friends into reading it, who read all the time and finished it within a day or two, and they decided it was their favoutite book too. Now, two years later, the book has become a bit of a legend, almost a bible, too all that have read it.
This book appeals to both people looking for a cool story, and those looking for a masterpiece. If you read it, you will agree i can assure.
Jeff Noon is the Jeff Beck of the writing world!
5.0 out of 5 stars Lunacy.,
This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)This book is disturbing, enthralling and always keeps you off balance. Noon deliberately tantalises your imagination into activity with incomplete descriptions and sometimes, descriptions that use made up words so you work hard to get coherent imagery out of it. This is a strong point of the book. What you end up with is a book experience that will be wildly different from someone else's, especially in terms of visuals.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cyberpunk Proto-Matrix Trainspotting,
This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)I don't read many novels where the narrative is this disjointed, so I was a little befuddled when I started this one. I eventually found this to work very well, however, as it matches up with the thought processes of Scribble and the gang in that they don't really have a clue what is going on either.
I've been describing this as a Cyberpunk Proto-Matrix Trainspotting, which I think fits it well. Only a 4/5 for some plot contrivances that I won't go into for fear of spoiling, but I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone who thinks they can handle what is essentially a 300 page drug trip spewed onto the page, albeit in an emotive and beautifully written way.
5.0 out of 5 stars cyber-punk classic set in Manchester,
This review is from: [Vurt] [by: Jeff Noon] (Paperback)If you like cyber punk then this is a great read. Written in Manchester in the early 90s, and set there in a distopian future where everybody is hooked on a drug which sends you in to a virutual reality, hence the name 'Vurt'. The protagonist is on a mission to find his sister, so this central theme runs through the book, but mostly it's just about the crazy, screwed up adventures he and his gang have in this strange world.
If you've never read any Jeff Noon but like the cyber-punk genre I'd def give this a go. It's a little bit dark, but not so much as some of his other novels; I've only read Pollen, Nymphomation and Automated Alice, and whilst the latter was crazy and screwed up it wasn't dark, the other two were really rather dark - but still a good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Book,
This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)This is a book. It enables me to have a social barrier that helps me look cool and block unpleasant stares. If I could read I'd tell you just how much I have enjoyed this book but sadly it will sit among a large pile of other cult/interesting looking books.
I am not able to own fancy smart phones, and my simple yet bulky Alcatel mobile unit does not allow the same barrier.
Often I sit, maybe eating a lunch or meat platter and use the book as a deflector shield from disturbances, and as already stated helps me look sophisticated and educated.
Just buy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Double wow!,
This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)A must read book! I bought this second hand for next to nothing, Thank you Amazon!!! for the email alert, I would never have known. i am now going to read all of Jeff Noon's books.
5.0 out of 5 stars a crush for a remix,
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This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)This book is an embodiment of the "dub" culture that pervades modern popular/avante garde music, film, and poetry. To read it as "science fiction" or even as any other type of fictional novel is to become utterly confused, as the book makes no attempt to coherently link such literary mainstays as "plot" and "dialogue". It is quite literally a remix of a proper story. It makes no distinction between dream and reality. You cannot allow yourself to get caught up in the details. You have to let the book carry you, almost as if you were dreaming yourself.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read,
This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)I bought this through Amazon's recommendation (via K-Pax by Gene Brewer, I think). I was not disappointed. I read it while on holiday and found it to be a page-turner. I note the comparison to William Borroughs below but personally I found Borroughs unreadable. I don't particular like cyberpunk a la William Gibson either but I liked this. Literate science fiction seems an apt description but don't be put off if you don't like "Sci-Fi". It is an adventure story, a love story, while also being modern, hip, cool, etc.
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Vurt by Jeff Noon (Paperback - 7 Dec 2001)