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This review is from: Vurt (Paperback)
Jeff Noon’s debut novel is a startling mix of science fiction and fantasy, essentially taking the tropes of cyberpunk SF and transforming them into something far stranger. Central of these is vurt itself – where Noon turns the standard hi-tech virtual reality of cyberpunk fiction into a ‘vurt’-ual reality (geddit?) of shared dreaming accessed by the oral intake of various coloured feathers – but Noon’s near-future Manchester is just as bizarre, peopled by robots, shadows, and man/dog hybrids. The storyline follows the adventures of narrator Scribble, as he desperately tries to win back his sister/lover from the vurt, and in the process learns it’s ultimate secret. A fantastic debut, full of lyrical prose, dreamlike imagery and a heart-rending emotional core, Vurt is like Neuromancer as written by Lewis Carroll. Essential for SF fans looking for something out of the ordinary.