Yet Vurt feathers are not for the weak. As the mysterious Game Cat says, ‘Be careful, be very careful’. But Scribble isn’t listening. He has to find his lost love. Vurt [Jeff Noon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Vurt is a feather–a drug, a dimension, a dream state, a virtual reality. It comes in many. If you like literary science fiction, then Jeff Noon is the author for you. Vurt, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award, is a cyberpunk novel with a difference.
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Vurt – Wikipedia
He studied fine art and drama at Manchester University and was subsequently appointed writer in residence at the city’s Royal Exchange theatre.
But Noon did not stay too long in the theatrical world, possibly because the realism associated with the theatre was not conducive to the fant. But Noon did not stay too long in the theatrical world, possibly because the realism associated with the theatre was not conducive to the fantastical worlds he was itching to invent.
While working behind the counter at the local Waterstone’s bookshop, a colleague suggested he write a novel. The result of that suggestion, Vurtwas the hippest sci-fi novel to be published in Britain since the days of Michael Moorcock in the late sixties. Like Moorcock, Noon is not preoccupied with technology per se, but incorporates technological developments into a world of magic and fantasy.
Vurt by Jeff Noon
As a teenager, Noon was addicted to American comic heroes, and still nopn to them for inspiration. He has said that music is more of an influence on his writing than novelists: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Ueff Vurt 1 by Jeff Noon. Lauren Beukes Goodreads Author Foreword by. A brilliantly innovative and highly entertaining novel from a literary pioneer. Travel rain-shot streets with a gang of hip malcontents, hooked on the most powerful drug you can imagine. Yet Vurt feathers are not for the weak. He has to find his lo A brilliantly innovative and highly entertaining novel from a boon pioneer.
He has to find his lost love. His journey is a mission to find Curious Yellow, the ultimate, perhaps even mythical Vurt feather. As the most powerful narcotic of all, Scribble must be prepared to leave his current reality behind. This edition also includes three additional short stories by Noon. HardcoverAnniversary Editionpages.
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That’s why I couldn’t finish it. It’s pure manifestation of clip thinking of modern society. Lists with This Book. Jun 01, Danie Ware rated it it was amazing Shelves: This isn’t a book.
It’s an A1, tip-top, clubbing, jam fair. Jrff sandwich of fun, on ecstasy bread, wrapped up in a big bag like non fudge It’s a noln concept album, existing somewhere between Alice in Wonderland, Akira and Trainspotting. It’s sex and drugs and incest and feathers and dog-fucking; it’s a fractal reality that I really, really wish I’d written. I guess you have to have been there. If you have the right past – and if you’ve come past it far enough – Dear Gods. If you have the right past – and if you’ve come past it far enough – you can identify with everything this book reveals.
We’ve all known a Beetle, we’ve all known a Game Cat. We’ve been on the ride and we know jeff it eventually rings hollow, and we know how it feels when it ends.
If you’ve had the experiences, you can follow every loop as it goes round. And as it stops. From fractal bullets to the icecream van in the middle of the post-Ramadan party, this is evocative, powerfully visual and jfef you pressed against the back of your chair, hanging on for dear life.
Particularly on audiobook, and with a masterful narrator, it’s not vkrt to be missed.
View all 3 comments. I was given this book when it first came out in the early 90’s and was completely blown away. I re-read the book last year and it still is as enjoyable as it was 15 years ago.
Noon takes the reader through the drug riddled streets of future London. Everyone is addicted to feathers. You tickle your tongue with a feather and depending on the color of the feather you go on onon certain trip.
If you like to eat aliens, if you worship the game cat, if you think people should mate and have offspring with I was given this book when it first came out in the early 90’s joon was completely blown away. If you like to eat aliens, if you worship the game cat, if you think people should mate and have offspring with dogs, if you have ever wanted to be so close to your lover that your hair grows together for twenty feet, or if you just like early psychedelic cyber-punk, read jfef book.
It is crazy good. I don’t leave books unfinished very often, but I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading Vurt. In addition, his characters are wooden and, despite their depressing hijinks-filled lifestyle, largely uninteresting. I didn’t care about them, and th I don’t leave books unfinished very often, but I just couldn’t bring myself to keep reading Vurt. I didn’t care about them, and the potentially rich tapestry of their world wasn’t sufficiently embroidered to make up for it. Apr 07, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: I honestly don’t what vrut think about this book.
On the one hand, it’s like a jazz festival that mixes Naked Lunch with Trainspotting. Add an alien feast, nanobot robot cooks, robodogs, The New Weird, and a vast dreamscape that goes from heaven to hell, from arty cafes to cop busts, to licking feathers to get high, to an outright possible reference to Tammuz and Geshtinana with an incestuous bent, and I STILL don’t know what to think about this book. It has a clear jazzy style that jumps all over t I honestly don’t what to think about this book.
It has a clear jazzy style that jumps all over the place easily, filling in backstory in a fun way, but jjeff the same time, there are so many odd references to a world so alien and just like a drug-filled afternoon, that I can’t quite say it was comfortable at all. And yet it was very creative. I loved the virtual meta moments, the way it felt like a mix between Matrix and Strange Days years before those movies were ever made. Again, this was written long before that, as well.
So here I am, looking at the genuine article, the haze of the utterly strange and fascinating and brilliant, and I’m wondering if I even like it.
On one hand, I will absolutely respect it and give it major props for existing and to myself for having read it, but I can’t say that it was all that pleasant. However, I have also said the same things about China Mieville and Vandermeer, so it may be a tolerance thing and a mood thing rather than an exacting approbation or me being amazed. Of course, I could be both at the same time. Or beauty and ugliness.
My reaction fits quite well with the contents of the book, from imagery to spelled-out themes.
So perhaps this was the whole point, to begin with. View all 5 comments. Vurt started with a cool premise. One of the problems with the book is that vurt is vurt. Through the entire plot, we’re left kind of fuzzy as to what it actually is.
People take feathers, and They see things differently, but sometimes act parts out in the real world. Sometimes the others they are with in the real world are vudt, sometimes they are each experiencing their own thing. Is it a drug? Is it a game? These things are never really addressed, and as a result a lot going on in the book is confusing. The noon plunges us into the middle of a futuristic cyberpunk world vyrt never explains any of it to us.
It’s assumed that we’re caught up on what’s going on. While parts of it reveal themselves to us bit by bit, much of it is a mish-mash of future sounding words and images that don’t really make sense. That however is not the major flaw in the book.
While the setting could have used some explaining here and there, the plot of the story was still clear enough to follow. I moon what was going on, even if I didn’t understand everything in the world.
The book’s fatal flaw was in the characters. While they were certainly vivid, outgoing, and memorable, they were also flat and acting without sensible motivation.
As the plot progresses and secondary characters are risking their lives, helping, or loving the main character, there is no expiation as to why the go out of the way to help him. Even when character motivation is attempted, it’s done poorly.