Vurt (Vurt #1)
Vurt is written in a very disjointed way, which gives you the impression that it is actually being written by Scribble. It is the story of his quest to find his sister who got...more
Noon's cyberpunk drug-culture epic strives to describe a psychedelic future/alternate Manchester, but fails quite obviously - halfway through the book, his cast of characters have yet to spend more than a few moments in the eponymous cyber-drug-world. In addition, his characters are wooden and, despite their depressing hijinks-filled lifestyle, largely uninteresting. I didn't care about them, and th...more
This book had a brilliant set up, a great chase, fantastic writing about amazing virtual reality future drugs, wonderous speculation about the future and what it said about today, and the the worst, most hurried, unedited, junk ending you could imagine.
Do not read, you'll only get your hopes up.
There's this drug, see, and it's made from smoke and takes the shape of feathers. No, wait, it's a feather that has a drug on it that causes shared dreaming. Hold on. It's a pyschadelic substance that came from a dreamsnake that may or may no...more
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 ... well we're not exactly sure what happens. They see things differently, but sometimes act parts out in the real world....more
When i finished it a few weeks later (i'm a slow reader...) i new it was the best book i had ever read. It's perfect mix of violence, sex, futuristic drugs, and an incredibly emotional and heart-pounding, creative and immaginative story...more
And as novel as it all starts, it sort of ends up churning it's wheels. For me, there was too much empha...more
It is a little hard to find Jeff Noon books sometimes but I have had luck with ordering them off Amazon. So if you are interested look there.
Set in a future Manchester, the characters are bold and snide, the settings surreal, and the imagery is fantastic. This is science fiction the way its meant to be, albeit an allegory of drug culture in the 90s seen through the eyes of a smal...more
My wife read it in one sitting, something that’s unheard of for her.
It may not be a book for the masses, the writing style is a bit different from the norm, and the plot won’t be to everyone’s taste. Then the best books rarely are.
It’s been called ‘cyberpunk’ but I think only by people who feel the need to label things. I’d say it’s a good old-fashioned adventure book. You follow the adventures of the Stash...more
Analogies to our modern lifestyle abound: drugs, pornography, the boob tube, video games, music, media, DRM. We have all surrendered our minds to mass media culture in some way, big or small, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to hack, subvert, remix, and otherwise take back that which should have been our birthright all along.
Now that I've finished Vurt, I have to say t...more
Appeals: cyberpunk, engaging alt-world, coming-of-age, quick-moving plot, action, sex, drugs.
Notes: Reminds me of M.T. Anderson's Feed in that both novels feature, teenagers under the influence, alt/tech elements, and a protagonist who is a little bit different from...more
Cyberpunk-influenced psychedelic '90s technoheterotopia galore! People drugged out on mind-altering feathers! Old-school video game narrative structure. Giant dreadlocks with computer chips, and a countercultural incest-stained Orpheus retelling on top. The kind of thing you read in between Tank Girl and Grant Morris...more
A friend recommended "Vurt" to me with the words "Irvine Welsh writes on cold turkey, Noon while being high.". I think he is right.
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...more