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Pixel Juice

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,069 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
"Pixel Juice" is a selection of fifty stories from Jeff Noon's fertile imagination, each one strange, telling, disturbing or sometimes just plain weird. Most of the tales are surprising such as finding an "off" switch for the human body.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Anchor Books (first published 1998)
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Oct 23, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, favourites
This is one of my all time ever favourite books. I must have bought it at least four times, because I have this terrible tendency to give it away to amazing people that I think will appreciate it. In fact, right now there are two copies on my bookshelf sitting next to each other because I couldn't resist buying it in the library (for twenty pence!) just in preparation for when I meet someone else who really should read this. In fact, thinking about it, I think I know who my second copy should go ...more
Howard Jones
Apr 19, 2011 Howard Jones rated it really liked it
This is my first taste of Jeff Noon, and it's a really nice collection of stories. I guess about 40% of them are thumbnail sketches of characters that appear in the Vurt series or his other novels - there are two or three little universes that a lot of the stories (and there are a lot - about 50) revolve around. All the stories have a very English quality about them, although a couple feel like mutations of other people's writing (The Charisma Engine made me think of The Case Of Charles Dexter W ...more
Elliptic Blue
While I am not normally a fan of short stories, I absolutely loved the tales presented in Pixel Juice. [return][return]Pixel Juice takes place in Jeff Noon's Manchester universe and contains stories touching upon the characters/plot from his other works therein. While each story is self-contained, there is an underlying coherence to Pixel Juice that ties together aspect of Noon's other works (i.e. 'Vurt', 'Pollen', 'Automated Alice', 'Nymphomation' and 'Needle in the Groove').[return][return]Wha ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Simon rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, sf
An eclectic mix of stories, ranging in quality.

The story that stands out for me, even after all these years, is "Solace". A fascinating imagining of a new but potentially devestatingly addictive product that emerges from the children's soft drink industry.
Jul 24, 2007 Silenius rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindfuck
Not all stories are great, but some are brilliant. Overall a good introduction to Jeff Noon and fun reading.
Dec 06, 2010 Glen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern, fiction
Johnny loves Metaphorazine. Every clockwork day.
Oct 03, 2011 Caleb rated it really liked it
I want to give this 5 stars, but I really can't. I devoured this while waiting for "Vurt" to come in the mail and loved (almost) every minute of it, except for a few scattered duds (Junior Pimp, most of Part 4). When I finished the last page, I flipped back to find which of the stories I thought were the real gems to share them with friends, only to find that on second thought none of them really jumped out at me. Solace and Cloudwalkers, maybe, but even those didn't capture the general exciteme ...more
Guy Ferguson
One of his best works I think. And one of immense daring. Burroughs' cut and paste technique mixed with reinforced connections, an honest and poetic acknowledgement of Borges' influence - Noon has captured something quintessentially 1990s human in this text. Preserve for future generations!
Aug 04, 2012 Liz rated it it was ok
there were a couple of really quite conceptually interesting stories here about advertising, genetic modification, automation, and consumer desires. but in the end I was put off by the self-consciously lurid pulp style. we get it, drugs and pimps and street crime are the dark underbelly of the enchanting techno-utopia, but that is not an interesting or new thing to say, not in itself, and the treatment of violence and transgression here was simply shallow and sensationalist and juvenile. also th ...more
Bill Chance
Jul 22, 2010 Bill Chance rated it really liked it
Odd, enjoyable collection of fifty short, somewhat related, tales of worlds where feathers are drugs, robots are sexy, and Disc Jockeys spin ancient records with hands made of butterflies. The fiction is drowning in surrealism, which is usually a good thing. The array of styles on display here can best be described as indescribable. The best pieces are the ones that manage to weave in at least a smidgen of human feelings into the ebb and flow of the usual strangeness.

This is the first book of N
Sep 24, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this two years ago in Germany & have read it in snatches over the intervening time. The Walter Mosley of "FutureWorld" meets Donald Barthelme, to good effect: most entertaining & provocative, occasionally repellent, but that's the nature of the beast -- life. Highly recommended for writers who wonder about the boundaries of what can be done in stories. The collection may be too sci-fi or fantastic for some, but it's got a solid substrate of slightly off-kilter realism.
Dec 18, 2010 Meg rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
3.5. Some of the stories are well written and wonderfully strange. Others are trying too hard. Still, the author does a decent job of weaving the stories together and taking on unusual structure (instruction manuals, dictionary listings, and poetry all appear along with the short stories).
Florin Pitea
Feb 01, 2013 Florin Pitea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of sur-real stories. Exhilarating in its inventivity. Highly recommended. Please read an extended review of this collection on my blog:
Steve Gillway
A varied collection. he is like a seasoned rock guitarist, the signature riffs are there (the feathers, DJing etc). Clever, inventive Mancunian-centred short stories. Very enjoyable.
Nov 21, 2010 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Short stories that are simply amazing. I loved them all. Some I had to read more than once to really appreciate, but there ya go... a lot of complexity and new concepts I have yet to see copied by anyone else.
Apr 17, 2014 Lushr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-stuff
A collection of short stories by the most imaginative sci if writer I know. I love the boy Quentin who is allergic to the letter Q. Brilliant ideas on every page there's always more to come back to.
Graham Crawford
Jul 27, 2011 Graham Crawford rated it liked it
I am not a huge fan of this, its more a collection of free verse poems with a futuristic bent, than a collection of cyberpunk stories.A lot more style than substance.
May 11, 2012 Steve marked it as abandoned
The three or so stories I read were fine but not so great that I'm going to worry about getting this from ILL again after returning it this time.
Very, very, very, very recommended. I wish I could spin fairytales like he does. Superbly random, fresh and absolutely compelling.
Jun 02, 2013 Jack rated it liked it
A hit n miss collection of occasionally confusing, disturbing and amusing futuristic stories. A few too many to digest, though.
Nov 07, 2007 Joe is currently reading it
Thus far, a collection of short stories and short-shorts; some are interconnected and some are better than others.
Jan 03, 2016 Trey rated it it was amazing
a short story collection with more ideas in it than a stack of any magazine you care to mention.
Jan 22, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I needed to get excited about reading once again!
Jan 05, 2008 Sophie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, doesn't speak to me. It is supposed to be great, I know... . . .
Colin Jackson
Sep 30, 2014 Colin Jackson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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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