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Jeff Noon

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Værker af Jeff Noon

Vurt (1993) 1,882 eksemplarer
Automated Alice (1996) 873 eksemplarer
Pollen (1995) 834 eksemplarer
Nymphomation (1997) 594 eksemplarer
Pixel Juice (1998) 441 eksemplarer
Needle in the Groove (2000) 283 eksemplarer
A Man of Shadows (2017) 243 eksemplarer
Falling Out of Cars (2002) 209 eksemplarer
The Body Library (2018) 128 eksemplarer
Cobralingus (2000) 104 eksemplarer
Creeping Jenny (2020) 57 eksemplarer
Channel Skin (2012) 42 eksemplarer
Slow Motion Ghosts (2019) 37 eksemplarer
Within Without (2021) 30 eksemplarer
House with No Doors (2021) 20 eksemplarer
Gogmagog (2024) 17 eksemplarer
Mappalujo (2016) 14 eksemplarer
Intrabasses (1CD audio) (2014) 4 eksemplarer
El Rey Perdido (2020) 2 eksemplarer
Mercury Teardrops 1 eksemplar
Woundings (1986) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

CYBERSEX (1996) — Bidragyder — 77 eksemplarer
Please: Fiction Inspired by The Smiths (2009) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer
Haunted Futures: Tomorrow is Coming (2017) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
2084 (2017) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Bidragyder — 19 eksemplarer
Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (2018) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Best British Short Stories 2020 (2020) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Interzone 260 (2015) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Reports from the Deep End: Stories inspired by J. G. Ballard (2023) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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Vert by Jeff Noon any one? i Book talk (februar 2012)


This book had sat unread on my shelves for an unfeasible number of years. I approached it with some trepidation because what I remembered of its acquisition was based around what a lot of people with tastes rather different to mine had said about it. This included that it was raw, and new, and streetwise. I was prepared to not be impressed.

Was I wrong about that!

We are in near future Manchester (a city I know slightly), in a scuzzy flat with the Stash Riders - the Beetle, Bridget, Scribble, Mandy and the Thing From Outer Space. Their lives revolve around acquiring and experiencing the street drug of choice - Vurt, absorbed into the body via drug-impregnated feathers which you place in your mouth. If two or more people use the same feather at the same time, they experience the same dream-world together.

Scribble lost his sister in the dreamworld some time back, and he's trying to rescue her. This results in an urban odyssey that includes robocrusties, dogrock musicians, dreamsnakes, drug designers and the police (both real and virtual). There is a lot of hallucinatory adventure and plenty of action. The result is similar to Philip Dick's A Scanner Darkly, but without the major identity crises. Also, the characters' degree of stonedness doesn't seem quite as extreme as PKD's, though the book is written from Scribble's p.o.v., recounting the story some twenty years later.

The characters are vivid. Are they all likeable? That depends on the reader; personally, I don't find it necessary to like or relate to the characters in a book; there are no guarantees about who you will like or will like you in real life, so why should books be any different? And in real life, there are all possible combinations of how much you like people, and vice versa. Sometimes you find people who you would expect to like, but just fail to connect with on a basic level for no apparent reason. Other times, you meet people who you first intensely dislike, but come to respect because of one quality or another that they possess. Sometimes, you start out in conflict but work through that to friendship. It's called life. This book is rather like that.

But I digress.

Manchester is a pretty big character in this book, and Mancunians will appreciate that. Although written thirty years ago, the book has aged well; there is only one telephone in the novel, and it's a landline. And there is a magazine in the novel that is frequently quoted from and referred to (and whose creator plays a part in the story), and you are free to think of it as a street newspaper, or a fanzine, or a website, or a feed - it doesn't matter which one, because it could be any or all or none of these things and the reader will get the idea. There's a bit of referencing 1980s British media personalities, one of whom is now definitely persona non grata.

The world of this book draws you in, just as the feathers of Vurt do. And I found myself wanting to read more, to the extent that I burned through this in two or three days. Vurt completely exceeded my expectations. I was expecting some angry, post-punk grunge writing with no finesse; I actually found sophisticated, energetic and inventive post-punk grunge writing of considerable quality.
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RobertDay | 29 andre anmeldelser | Jan 24, 2024 |
Totally fucking awesome. Has so much style, the pacing is immaculate and it has depth on top of the cool setup and world building. One of the best cyberpunk books period.
shitheadd | 29 andre anmeldelser | Jan 24, 2023 |
De contar la historia de la nube de polen que descenderá sobre la lluviosa ciudad de Manchester, de la epidemia de fiebre del heno que la sembrará de cadáveres, de las muertes que tal vez fueran asesinatos, y de la rebelión de mundos paralelos.
Natt90 | 12 andre anmeldelser | Nov 26, 2022 |



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