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Titre : VURT
Éditeur : Crown Publishers, Inc. ., New York
Date d'édition : 1995
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First U.S. (and first hardcover) edition. "Noon's first publications as an SF writer comprise the Vurt sequence comprising VURT (1993), POLLEN (1995), AUTOMATED ALICE (1996) and NYMPHOMATION (1997), all set in various versions of a near-future Manchester irradiated by cyberpunk marriages of the human and non-human, all tales being told in a slapstick gonzo, mean-streets idiom and featuring a driven (though occasionally tangled) narrative line. VIRT itself is a reality-shifting drug and/or video-game, which destabilizes the perceptions of the cast, who may be accessing one virtual reality world, or many. VIRT won the 1994 Arthur C. Clarke Award; Noon also won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 1995." - John Clute. SFE (online). "The novel resembles nothing as much as an episode of 'Scooby Doo,' written by William Burroughs . Noon writes poetically, rhapsodizing broken glass, dog dirt and the filth of Manchester." - Butler, The Pocket Essential Cyberpunk, p. 66. Noon, who wishes to be thought of as the man who reintroduced 'whimsy' into English fiction, refers to his literary output as "like kid's stories . but with weird sex and drugs thrown in." Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-813. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#93533). N° de réf. du libraire 93533
Synopsis : "As hip and breathless as William Gibson, but spiced with dark humor and the horrible realisation that Noon knows of what he writes.... Vurt is passionate, distinctive, demanding and enthralling--first-time novelist Noon has started with a bang."-- The London Times.
Critique: If you like challenging science fiction, then Jeff Noon is the author for you. Vurt, winner of the 1994 Arthur C. Clarke award, is a cyberpunk novel with a difference, a rollicking, dark, yet humorous examination of a future in which the boundaries between reality and virtual reality are as tenuous as the brush of a feather.
But no review can do Noon's writing justice: it's a phantasmagoric combination of the more imaginative science fiction masters, such as Phillip K. Dick, genres such as cyberpunk and pulp fiction, and drug culture.
If this tickles your fancy, you should definitely consider the sequel to Vurt, Pollen, or Noon's lighter and more accessible Automated Alice, a modern recasting of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
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