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"Lunar splashed. Fragile liquid wings. Spine cracking mornings. Keyboard played and fingers flitting...the upload begins..icon initialization"

So began the first phaze of a Twitter fiction experiment by author Kneel Downe.

The VirulentBlurb is his universe - a science fiction dystopia of human/animal genetic splicing, ReGen drugs, DreamCages and DeadBoxes, in a city where no
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published November 12th 2013 (first published September 30th 2012)
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Chris Novus
Dec 30, 2013 Chris Novus rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, you come across an author whose words light you up. Books that grab you by the ears, shake your head, and set your brain on fire. Jeff Noon is the first author like this I found; my first reading of Vurt was a life altering experience for me. Reading Kneel Downe's VIRULENT BLURB: FRACTURES gave me that same feeling.

The VIRULENT BLURB universe began about a year ago as a series of tweets. The mystery is slowly unfolding in a series of Phazes (chapters) spread out over time.
Feb 09, 2014 Ian rated it it was amazing

Scanning Humanoid Memory...
Viral infection detected

Malware removal in progress…..
LiteraturePreconceptions.exe -----removed

Installing Firewall OpenMind.exe

System clear

Graphic novels use sparse words and pictures to deliver their story.
Films do the same but with many more words and pictures. All writers use words to construct visual images but none can do it so cleanly and sparsely as Kneel Downe.

VirulentBlurb:Fractures was born on Twitter, 1
Kate Garrett-Nield
May 26, 2014 Kate Garrett-Nield rated it it was amazing
VirulentBlurb:Fractures is, in a word, brilliant. Kneel Downe has created a gritty, glittering and dark universe that absorbs the reader entirely.

In this first book, following a great war, the world is wrapped in permanent night, and is populated with extremely long-lived people whose DNA has been spliced with that of animals – humans with fur, fangs, feathers. The writing style is poetic and visual, and the author excels in every form used here, including script. The bulk of the scripts follow
Susan M.
Dec 16, 2013 Susan M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any science fiction reader
This is the book that introduced me to the VirulentBlurb universe and the writing of Kneel Downe. From the very start it is utterly immersive, visceral with imagery so vivid you can see it but at the same time so stripped back that you know what you see is almost certainly different to anyone else.

This book tells various intertwining tales as it describes the Blurb universe, 50 years after a war that devastated the skies and plunged the world into near darkness. It is science fiction at its bes
Steve Taylor-bryant
May 10, 2015 Steve Taylor-bryant rated it it was amazing
The jumping in point. I'd never read anything like this until Kneel came along. The writing style and creativity within the book and the ability to build multi stories within one universe in one novel is a gamechanger. Possibly the greatest debut in literature, certainly the most stunning and imaginative.
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Kneel was born in 1967 and raised in the middle of countryside and silence where he immersed himself in books and fantasy.

After trying several writing styles, Kneel began tweeting short fragments of fiction. A meeting with his idol, Jeff Noon, made Kneel realise that these short bursts could make up a whole universe of fiction, and so the VirulentBlurb projects began.

First there was the website Vi
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