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One of the most original writers around,
This review is from: Nymphomation (Paperback)
Jeff Noon is not a cyberpunk author. People often expect his fiction to be something close to Stephenson or Gibson, but his brand of science fiction is about dreams and music, rather than algorithms and implants. Like the other books of his I have read this is a sharp, darkly allegorical story taking sex and mathematics, the ultimate lottery and the socially excluded and throwing them together into a maze with endlessly shifting walls. It connects with his other work set in the world of the Vurt, filling in a few more spaces in the mystery of how that world works, and how it got that way. I would recommend reading Vurt and Pollen first, but this book is more than strong enough to stand alone.
Don't read this book if you want hard, gadget-heavy sci-fi, read it if you want something innovative and different from anything by any other writer you should give this serious thought.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2008 13:27:24 BDT
common reader says:
Good to see a reader not accepting facile labels. Of course he's not cyberpunk.
If I had to draw comparisons, I'd say he resembles some of the Oulipo authors -
cf. Georges Perec.
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