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Pollen (Vurt #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,308 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
If you like challenging science fiction, then Jeff Noon is the author for you.

Pollen is the sequel to Vurt (winner of the 1994 Arthur C. Clarke award), and both are concerned with a world in which dreams, drug-induced hallucination, and reality become completely intermingled. In this volume, the dream world unleashes a pollen that threatens to cause people in the real wor

Hardcover, 335 pages
Published January 16th 1996 by Crown (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jan 02, 2008 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: fromthelibrary, scifi
I find it really difficult to decide how I feel about Jeff Noon's work.

His future is loud and crazy and colorful and horny. And that's good. And he introduces a lot of interesting concepts. And to a large degree, he works within these concepts. However, things are so . . . just, weird, that it's hard to guess what is going to happen. On the one hand, I love to be surprised, but on the other, it feels like cheating when I don't think that I've been given enough material to be able to anticipate a
Jan 07, 2008 SA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
yet another book i enjoyed but wouldn't recommend. same review of vurt applies here: like irvine welsh's marabou stork nightmares it's a book that's fraught with debauchery and taboo, and not in a titillating way. incest, bestiality and necrophilia are discussed with a sort of passing abandon one would attribute to the recitation of a denny's lunch menu. you're not meant to feel anything about these plot devices, you're meant to accept the transgression of social mores with a shrug. if you can ...more
Leisha Wharfield
Jul 22, 2008 Leisha Wharfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leisha by: Riddle
"And Boda vanishes into the curve of a shadow that falls from the side of a rubbish ship that catches soft light from the moon that floats high and serene over the water that laps at the side of the canal that leads into the city of Manchester."

What more needs to be said? Bold strides into fantasy verify that this is indeed the genre fiction that my peers in the Creative Writing department have warned me against. Arrogant, even flip sampling from classic myths, strange characters, impossibly con
So far takes me down a familiar Vurt road and very interested in relationships between dogs and shadows... I love Jeff Noon for dropping me into dream worlds with zombies and flowers...

This book deserves more than 3 stars but less than 4... 3 and a half. The first 300 pages were very whimsical and strange the way I expect a William S. Burroughs novel to be. I remember one of my favorite lines from Vurt: "All I got were the hindquarters of dogs. Sometimes thats all you get." There were feathers a
Mar 25, 2011 Deena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-books
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Mar 30, 2011 Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK. So words like imagination and capacity do not usually belong in the same sentence. But if your *IMAGINATION* has the *CAPACITY* to understand this book as well as the other novels based on the Vurt worlds then you will hands down known you have read an absolute sci-fi masterpiece.
I can not begin to express how much I love these novels. I have reread these on several occasions and every friggin time it's like a new story. IMHO Jeff Noon (wherever he may be) automatically gets greatness statu
Though not as quick to grab my attention from the start as Jeff Noon's first novel VURT, Pollen left me no less blown away and grinning halfway through to its happy / unspeakable climax and epilogue. The pace is more controlled, but the eventual fireworks are absolutely worth the wait.

Set in the same nymphomaniac mongrel-blasted world as VURT, but with only the barest of threads tying them together, Pollen is as finely tuned a heap of symbols and dreamworks as you'll find anywhere, especially in
Jul 20, 2010 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's more like a 3.5, but I definitely don't want this looking like it's on the same level as Vurt, which I like more and more as I look back on it.

Some very cool hallucinatory plunging back into this whole Vurt world, terrifying floral invasions, '90s drugged out British anarchy, and the amazing dirty conceit of how exactly all these hybrid posthumans came to be, but the last 40 pages are so are something of a letdown. Little too much "clap your hands for Tinker Bell!" in the end, and the big b
Elliptic Blue
This is the first book by Jeff Noon I've read; and, I now consider myself a fan. [return][return]This is a book that I would classify as one of the 'truer' cyberpunk books out there. What I mean by that is the setting in Noon's book plays a central role in the story itself. Make no mistake this isn't some romance, western or sleuth story thrown in a cyberpunk setting. What I like so much about this story is that Noon explores the implications of his hybrid technological/drugged-up setting throug ...more
Leave My
Jun 22, 2011 Leave My rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
Noon's books are filled with some very vivid, creative and unique story elements, unfortunately they are also filled with sexual violence perpetrated against his female characters. These disturbing plot points are also not given the appropriate weight or seriousness and instead feel like they are included for shock value. I'm sorry but using rape as an easy way to sensationalize or give "edge" to your story is just not ok. Sadly too many otherwise great male cyberpunk authors do this as an easy ...more
Nicholas Barone
Jul 25, 2011 Nicholas Barone rated it liked it
Pollen, Jeff Noon's sequel to Vurt, is a good read, but ultimately didn't live up to my expectations. I definitely enjoyed returning to the crazy version of Manchester that was introduced in Vurt, but the story - while good - wasn't as compelling to me as Vurt's, and the cast of characters didn't come close to Scribble and the Stash Riders.

The plot of Pollen revolves around a conflict between the vurt and the real. Certain characters in the vurt (who are the vurt representations of the character
Marie Irshad
Very interesting premise of a pollen count so high that people sneeze themselves to death but this just isn't a patch on Vert.

Perhaps Vert had such an effect on me that none of his books can compare. I'm not sure. I did have a long gap between reading the first 200 pages and finishing the book and perhaps that played a part.
Aug 25, 2011 manuti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para la lista Libros 2005-2006. 12 libros al año, ya tenemos libro para Junio.

Este libro de ciencia ficción, es la segunda parte de Vurt, y aunque pueda leerse de forma independiente, no lo creo muy recomendable. La historia desvela algunos porqués del mundo que podía adivinarse en Vurt, y que estaba muy relacionado con una especie de universo tipo Matrix al que se entra por medio de plumas , que se pueden interpretar como drogas, o como enlaces de red, o como quieras, tampoco se molesta en exp
Sep 14, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, crime
I vaguely remember reading Noon's Vurt when it first came out. I had recently read Gibson's Neuromancer - loved it - and I had read in a review that Vurt was something like it. Don't remember being altogether impressed with it though. An eh. But times change, and many moons have passed since then and now. Perhaps this one's a better book, or I've read more in the genre since then. But I quite enjoyed this book, especially the crime-solving aspect. Kept me grounded while I was negotiating Noon's ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Allie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to give points to any book where a dog person gets resurrected as some sort of flower petal creature. But I also probably should have used more mind altering materials when reading it. Did make for a good half-awake on the subway read, when dreams of snake demons and pollen-induced apocalypse blended together.
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Lucas Hargis
Jeff Noon's "Pollen" is written in a very nebulous, stream-of-consciousness POV. It's one of those writing styles that requires you to chew on them for a bit until you figure out how to activate the flavor crystals.

The world is dense and brimming with layers, hybrid human/animal/plant characters, and a mutliplicity of 'dimensions'. The pace is a bit of an accordion--compressed in quick action one moment, then stretched out with leisure the next.

Pollen straddles the line between fantasy and sci-f
Samuel Thompson
Mar 24, 2013 Samuel Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whereas Vurt was carefree in its wild explorations of the unknown, Pollen is a far more mature and emotionally demanding book, which makes it a bit more difficult. Noon plays more with his breakdown of species and nature, and introduces a number of deeply unsettling conflicts. There's a lot of genius here, but its not for those who enjoyed its predecessor because of its lightweight style.
Dennis Cooper
Aug 08, 2013 Dennis Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Vurt many years ago. I'm quite pleased that I waited quite some years before I read Pollen. I've enjoyed both books immensely. Out of the two Pollen is definitely the more weird/surreal. However the more weird it got the more compelling it became. Some would probably find too strange but if you want something different. I would give this book a go.
Jan 03, 2014 Cam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I am so mad I spent like 3 days working on this piece of garbage. It started off as fun cyber-noir with some body horror and a mother-daughter plot that could have been really touching and interesting but it was just like that one dude at the party who won't shut up about his weed and boobs and it was just so boring and disappointing. Idk why I stuck it out; spite probably. But basically I finished and found ymself thinking "What the fuclk was even the point of this?"
Anna P.
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Sam Reader

John Barleycorn must die...

Allow me to discuss the nature of a series of books. A series is a very careful thing. Especially when escalation is involved. It's fine to do sequels for the books, or even have to break up one book into a trilogy. But when writing a volume that is something of the conclusion to the whole mess, there are two very specific guidelines: First, that the book actually make some kind of sense, and second, that it actually concludes things
Albert Myburgh
The first half of this book was great reading with intriguing characters, good mystery and well paced and just weird enough to make it even more interesting. The second half of it was absolute and utter waffling nonsense. It lost its momentum so suddenly and completely that I even lost any connection I may have had with the characters up to that point.
Instead of events unfolding where the reader could unravel the mysteries behind the story one simply gets exposed to page after page of mind-num
Jan 02, 2015 Bartek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 2015
Nie znam nic Noona, nie czytałem "Wurta", ale po "Pyłkach" miałem wrażenie, że jeśli termin "new weird" zostałby wymyślony wcześniej, to właśnie dla niego.
Powieść jest męcząca w podobny sposób, jak powieści Dicka, tu akurat wydawcy należy przyznać rację w kwestii hasła reklamowego z okładki. Może i "Pyłki" można uznać za przejaw postmodernizmu w SF, ale chyba tylko w polskim SF są jeszcze powieści nie będące takim przejawem.
Wszelako, jak ktoś lubi z fantastyki smoki i inne pierdoły, to niech rac
I liked Vurt better but Pollen was still a great read. The universe Noon creates is incredibly weird and amazing, and really gets your imagination into a full sprint trying to keep up!
Mar 19, 2015 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic world served with genetic cocktails and beefy beasts... that barely veils Noon's fascination with dodgy sexy scenarios :-/
Disappointing sequel of sorts to Vurt, Noon returns to the dismal streets of cyber Manchester. The Trojan Horse of a pretty, pubescent girl is used to transport a deadly bout of hayfever out of the Vurt into the real world. The characters for the most part are badly sketched and it is difficult to care for any of them aside from Sibyl Jones, the Shadowcop, and her zombie baby. Could have done without the creepy sexual encounters with the pollen Lolita and her "budding breasts", ewwwwwwww. It may ...more
Guy Ferguson
A very good work. The end was not so hot...cyberfantasist psychedelia probably doesn't bend easily to expected narratives. You can see his joy with words, Dodos, UnBeknownst, and he pays tribute to Alice in Wonderland...well, he kills her...
**2nd reading** Still good. A bit happier with the end perhaps. A shame he hasn't published in over a decade (yes I know there is a smattering of online content but I mean the hard stuff...books!)
Tereza Maršíková
This was a very crazy and funny book. Really, crazy is the best word to explain some parts Ive read haha. But I really enjoyed reading this book. I dont really know Jeff Noon and his other books but I definitely wanna read something else from him. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy and crazy stories. ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed Vurt immensely and in the same way loved mentions on the cover that Jeff Noon could be considered a Philip K Dick of the nineties and though given the genre of fiction that would be a pretty fair comparison some of the scope of the unreality sequences I would say border on the visions of the likes of epic fantasists such as Clive Barker.
This was a great book that merged a recognisable future with a healthy dose of unreality that at times sailed so close to the wind that it was
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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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