Pollen (Vurt #2)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
**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!)
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 ...more
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