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Needle In The Groove

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  694 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In this astonishing novel Jeff Noon allows the complex rhythms of dance music to infect his language, creating a new kind of writing / liquid dub poetics / in the grooves he discovers a world where the scratches of the stylus cut the body / a dj's samples are melodies of blood / love is a ghost lost in the boom box / and the only remix that really matters is the remix of t ...more
Published December 11th 2012 by self published - Smashwords (first published 2000)
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Wendy Chard
Mar 11, 2012 Wendy Chard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
unlike anything / this book made me feel alive / there is a richness and a real spark of genius within its pages / I've found nothing like it before

Noon is as innovative as he is in-tune with the underlying essence of life / this book made me want to be even more alive than I am

part mystery / part eulogy / part miracle / part tragedy

read this and then enjoy being young and alive (yes, there are a couple of Morrissey references in there, and even more references to Manchester's music scene in ge
S. Naomi Scott
Jan 16, 2015 S. Naomi Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Needle In The Groove is the sixth of Jeff Noon's books I've read, and while I admit that I think they're all good books, personally I think this is one of his best.

Story-wise it's a departure from his earlier works, seemingly moving away from the literary world(s) of the Vurt-verse, though there are moments within the narrative where I could see the conceptual connections between those earlier works and this one. It's a story about a band, about the music they make, and about how things go wrong
Mar 14, 2012 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Having read several other of Noon's books, I found this one very different but no less enjoyable. Instead of creating a whole new imaginary world (as in Vurt etc), this is a tale based around a real Manchester, drawing inspiration from five decades of a genre-spanning music scene, focusing mainly on punk and the death thereof. The book is still touched with fantasy but it is more of a means to an end rather than the main thrust of the book. It is set in our normal world and the fantasy element ( ...more
Roz Davies
Jan 23, 2014 Roz Davies rated it liked it
Jeff Noon uses cut-up technique / makes it an interesting read / fast-paced, aggressive, captivating at times / occasionally a bit frustrating / captures voice well / good sense of rhythm through language / thus reflecting dance music / good for fans of Manchester music scene / name checks many musical heroes / plot is reminiscent of Vurt / worth a spin.
May 17, 2014 Dace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jason Weaver
Jun 24, 2013 Jason Weaver rated it really liked it
Written in chunks between slashes, images splilling over each other spaced out like a lyric sheet. The novel uses one unexplained sci-fi concept which is really just a device to get to delving into the poetry and explore the ties between music, history and family. Felt like an early MTV (back when they played music and was worth watching) being victim to William S. Burroughs' editing experiments. If you're looking for a traditional narrative, don't pick this up. If you love modern music and want ...more
Marc Nash
Jun 26, 2012 Marc Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wildly inventive, music brought to words, words transliterated into musical sound. If you can imagine such a thing! Verbal dubs, reverb and remixes all dance across the pages. The plot is a bit weak, Noon's usual obsessions with trying to recapture a girl long lost but preserved in an aching heart. The history of generational repeated behaviour is just a bit soap operatic for my taste, but I just lay back and let the word vive infuse my whole body.
Christian Crowley
Dec 12, 2011 Christian Crowley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel to savior in small doses. The layout of the text encourages reading some passages like poetry, some like prose, some like art. The musical timberline from skiffle through punk and new wave to down tempo and groove makes a fine backdrop for a gritty story of longing and discovery. I suspect this is the experience my English teachers wanted me to get from The Catcher in the Rye.
Neil Dewhurst
The style, a stark lyrical stream of consciousness, works far better than I feared it would. It both sets and suits the mood, and captures the perfect atmosphere for the first half of Needle In The Groove. But then the plot (such as there is one) starts to take over, and its like waking from a dream before you were done: the spell is broken.
Michael Elsey
May 30, 2014 Michael Elsey rated it liked it
i love jeff noon. he writes with a complete lack of fear and without rules. every time i finish one of his novels (even one i have previously read) i want to go and write something myself. if you can motivate me then you must be doing something right
Ian White
Jun 25, 2013 Ian White rated it liked it
Impressive, but quite a difficult read, due to the experimental chopped-up language, and unconventional punctuation. Still very atmospheric, if considerably less enjoyable than Falling Out of Cars.
I really struggled to get into this book, so much so that I gave up on it. I thought I would enjoy as I had loved previous works by this author, particularly Vurt.

Might venture back one day
Georgina Mason
Jul 19, 2009 Georgina Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Vurt and pollen are still best but another great fiction story based on our a latest social evolutions!!
Apr 24, 2007 Cazzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trippy, stoner-riffic, phychadelic account of a band trying to make it big in the mid ninties. Crazy.
Oct 22, 2007 Genevieve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"if music were a drug would you take it" Hell yes!
Jan 03, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
probably my favorite one of all
Mar 14, 2007 thomas is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
it was a cheap book. yet to finish.
plot similar to Nymphomation
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Jeff Noon is a novelist, short story writer and playwright whose works make extensive use of wordplay and fantasy.

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

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