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Pollen (Vurt #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,922 ratings  ·  61 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

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Hardcover, 335 pages
Published January 16th 1996 by Crown
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Andrew
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
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Nicholas Barone
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
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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
manuti
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 expl
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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
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Kerry
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
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Michael Alexander
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
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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 in
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Anna P.
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Stuart Langridge

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Coyote was the best black-cab driver of all time, picking up passengers where others were afraid to drive. Now he's the first fatality of the Pollination, the first to fall victim to the massive cloud of pollen that has descended upon a remixed and futuristic Manchester. Amid vicious blooms and a soaring pollen count, people are sneezing themselves to death. Only a very few are immune to the fever, and two of them - shadow-cop Sibyl Jones and her wayward daughter Boda - must travel separ

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Monica
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
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Ray
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
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Leave My
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
Tessa
I found the prose... turgid. Clearly it is supposed to be an exciting weird and sexy adventure but Noon spends so much time going on and on and not letting the story fly. Now I'm afraid to go back to my (much loved) copy of Vurt to compare.
Cosmic Tree
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Leisha Wharfield
Jul 22, 2008 Leisha Wharfield rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Nicole
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
sara
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
Cameron
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?"
Deena
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Samuel Thompson
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.
Russ
weird and wonderful a sequel (of sorts) to Vurt... if you like the first then try this
Dennis Cooper
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.
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.
Allie
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.
Andrew
Not great, a book about tripping out and shagging dogs. 3 stars only because of the memory I have of a friend of mine exclaiming 'For Fucks Sake' in the tea room and throwing the book in the bin at the point where the dog guy turns into a tree guy! But nice to see Mancunian landmarks in a novel.
Jasmine
The first half of this book was a great ride, I enjoyed it immensely, however as it drew towards the end it failed to hold my interest, I no longer cared about the characters and I no longer cared how the result would craft. It had a lot of promise, but did not live up to my expectations.
Francesca
Love the way Noon writes, perhaps more than what he writes about. Having read Vurt, I quickly found myself into Pollen, fascinated and intrigued. I wasn't so sure about the end, I think the story struggled a bit there, or maybe I did.
But an absolute pleasure to read.
Megan
Sigh. This was the sequel to Vurt, which I adore, but it was not as good. Jeff Noon, please do not write sequels. You are not good at sequels. It's maybe only worth reading if you loved Vurt as much as I did, otherwise, skip it and read another of his original books.
Mathew Cable
Hm... What can I say about this book. Stranger than Vurt in a way, but more direct in another way. Noon has an interesting mind, and this book tends to be a bit darker than Vurt. It does answer some questions lingering from the history of the Vurt universe.
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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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