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Jeff Noon

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22+ obres 5,918 Membres 96 Ressenyes 39 preferits

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Crèdit de la imatge: Jeff Noon. Photo by silverfox09/Stuart.


Obres de Jeff Noon

Vurt (1993) 1,909 exemplars, 31 ressenyes
Automated Alice (1996) 877 exemplars, 16 ressenyes
Pollen (1995) 838 exemplars, 13 ressenyes
Nymphomation (1997) 597 exemplars, 8 ressenyes
Pixel Juice (1998) 443 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Needle in the Groove (2000) 285 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
A Man of Shadows (2017) 246 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Falling Out of Cars (2002) 211 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
The Body Library (2018) 132 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Cobralingus (2000) 106 exemplars
Creeping Jenny (2020) 63 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Gogmagog (2024) 48 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Channel Skin (2012) 42 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Slow Motion Ghosts (2019) 42 exemplars
Within Without (2021) 32 exemplars, 1 ressenya
House with No Doors (2020) 24 exemplars
Mappalujo (2016) 15 exemplars
Intrabasses (1CD audio) (2014) 4 exemplars
No rez [short fiction] 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Mercury Teardrops 1 exemplars
Woundings (1986) 1 exemplars
Ludluda (2024) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

CYBERSEX (1996) — Col·laborador — 77 exemplars, 1 ressenya
2001: An Odyssey in Words: Celebrating the Centenary of Arthur C. Clarke's Birth (2018) — Col·laborador — 54 exemplars, 13 ressenyes
Please: Fiction Inspired by The Smiths (2009) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Haunted Futures: Tomorrow is Coming (2017) — Col·laborador — 27 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
2084 (2017) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Best of British Science Fiction 2017 (2018) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Best British Short Stories 2020 (2020) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Interzone 260 (2015) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Reports from the Deep End: Stories inspired by J. G. Ballard (2024) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars


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Vert by Jeff Noon any one? a Book talk (febrer 2012)


After the first 20 pages I realized this is less of a sci-fi and more of a surreal thing, and once I accepted that, it flowed better. Eventually I liked that in this book you just don't get how this universe is working. But that's a problem too, because you're not sure about the weight/consequence of things that happen. I didn't really feel the pain of the characters, but sometimes I felt their disgust.

[minor spoilers from here on about what kind of ending the book has, but not about what it is]

I really liked the ending, it was a great visionary scene with a non-traditional ending, but the last two pages were superfluous, they explained something I didn't want explained, and it had no bearing on characters or story. The book should end at that minor fourth wall break at the end. It would be a perfect way to end it.

It was a very enjoyable read with a great (then botched) ending, but it's missing something for me to be really great. Maybe if the book had more of that ending scene (it has some in the middle), and less of characters just running around getting stuff and random people helping them because why not. Maybe the universe of the book is already so surreal it couldn't really top it in the drug scenes. But then again, it's kind of the point I guess.
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yellowdaniel | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Jun 26, 2024 |
This book had sat unread on my shelves for an unfeasible number of years. I approached it with some trepidation because what I remembered of its acquisition was based around what a lot of people with tastes rather different to mine had said about it. This included that it was raw, and new, and streetwise. I was prepared to not be impressed.

Was I wrong about that!

We are in near future Manchester (a city I know slightly), in a scuzzy flat with the Stash Riders - the Beetle, Bridget, Scribble, Mandy and the Thing From Outer Space. Their lives revolve around acquiring and experiencing the street drug of choice - Vurt, absorbed into the body via drug-impregnated feathers which you place in your mouth. If two or more people use the same feather at the same time, they experience the same dream-world together.

Scribble lost his sister in the dreamworld some time back, and he's trying to rescue her. This results in an urban odyssey that includes robocrusties, dogrock musicians, dreamsnakes, drug designers and the police (both real and virtual). There is a lot of hallucinatory adventure and plenty of action. The result is similar to Philip Dick's A Scanner Darkly, but without the major identity crises. Also, the characters' degree of stonedness doesn't seem quite as extreme as PKD's, though the book is written from Scribble's p.o.v., recounting the story some twenty years later.

The characters are vivid. Are they all likeable? That depends on the reader; personally, I don't find it necessary to like or relate to the characters in a book; there are no guarantees about who you will like or will like you in real life, so why should books be any different? And in real life, there are all possible combinations of how much you like people, and vice versa. Sometimes you find people who you would expect to like, but just fail to connect with on a basic level for no apparent reason. Other times, you meet people who you first intensely dislike, but come to respect because of one quality or another that they possess. Sometimes, you start out in conflict but work through that to friendship. It's called life. This book is rather like that.

But I digress.

Manchester is a pretty big character in this book, and Mancunians will appreciate that. Although written thirty years ago, the book has aged well; there is only one telephone in the novel, and it's a landline. And there is a magazine in the novel that is frequently quoted from and referred to (and whose creator plays a part in the story), and you are free to think of it as a street newspaper, or a fanzine, or a website, or a feed - it doesn't matter which one, because it could be any or all or none of these things and the reader will get the idea. There's a bit of referencing 1980s British media personalities, one of whom is now definitely persona non grata.

The world of this book draws you in, just as the feathers of Vurt do. And I found myself wanting to read more, to the extent that I burned through this in two or three days. Vurt completely exceeded my expectations. I was expecting some angry, post-punk grunge writing with no finesse; I actually found sophisticated, energetic and inventive post-punk grunge writing of considerable quality.
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RobertDay | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Jan 24, 2024 |
Totally fucking awesome. Has so much style, the pacing is immaculate and it has depth on top of the cool setup and world building. One of the best cyberpunk books period.
shitheadd | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Jan 24, 2023 |



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