Vurt

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Vurt is a feather—a drug, a dimension, a dream state, a virtual reality. It comes in many colors: legal Blues for lullaby dreams. Blacks, filled with tenderness and pain, just beyond the law. Pink Pornovurts, doorways to bliss. Silver feathers for techies who know how to remix colors and open new dimensions. And Yellows—the feathers from which there is no escape. The beautiful young Desdemona is trapped in Curious Yellow, the ultimate Metavurt, a feather few have ever seen and fewer still have dared ingest. Her ...

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Overview

Vurt is a feather—a drug, a dimension, a dream state, a virtual reality. It comes in many colors: legal Blues for lullaby dreams. Blacks, filled with tenderness and pain, just beyond the law. Pink Pornovurts, doorways to bliss. Silver feathers for techies who know how to remix colors and open new dimensions. And Yellows—the feathers from which there is no escape. The beautiful young Desdemona is trapped in Curious Yellow, the ultimate Metavurt, a feather few have ever seen and fewer still have dared ingest. Her brother Scribble will risk everything to rescue his beloved sister. Helped by his gang, the Stash Riders, hindered by shadowcops, robos, rock and roll dogmen, and his own dread, Scribble searches along the edges of civilization for a feather that, if it exists at all, must be bought with the one thing no sane person would willingly give.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Surreal."—the New York Times

"A virtual wonderland."—Vanity Fair

"The mainstreaming of cyberpunk."—the New Yorker

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Noon's highly stylized, virtual-reality inspired first novel has won raves and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in Britain, eliciting comparisons to William Gibson, Anthony Burgess and Lewis Carroll, among others. But though it is original, vivid and powerful, it's not as revolutionary as the fanfare suggests. Noon gives us a future (or perhaps just other) Manchester, England, where nearly everyone is hooked on ``Vurts''-hallucinogenic designer drugs, administered with feathers, that send users into virtual worlds. Vurt isn't any old future drug, though; these worlds have a reality of their own. Users can meet up in them and share the experience, and they can even ``exchange'' objects or people and bring Vurt items back to the ``real'' world. Scribble, a member of a small gang of ``young hip malcontents,'' the Stash Riders, has lost his beloved sister, Desdemona (don't ask how beloved if you're shy about incest), to a black-market Vurt, getting in return a shapeless alien he dubs ``The Thing-from-Outer Space.'' Determined to find another copy of the ``English Voodoo'' Vurt in order to return and trade the Thing back for his sister, Scribble and his pals score illegal Vurts, run from the cops, fight among themselves, trip out on feathers, kill a cop, go to ground, become estranged and regroup. Some die, and all suffer, before Scribble gets his chance. Noon keeps a brisk pace, with the many Vurt-trip sequences, awash in Alice in Wonderland-like images, never so long or involved as to bog the story down. His bizarre, psychedelic future feels like no other, and the startling alloy of pseudoheroic genrespeak and neo-Beat freewheeling rhythms proves a unique and perfect medium for such a hallucinatory tale. There's little of Gibson or Burgess here, though. The story has neither the shock value of A Clockwork Orange nor the cyberpunk nihilism of Neuromancer. Noon takes his material (though not his characters) less seriously than Burgess, Gibson and most other SF writers. His future world isn't meant to be believable, or even cautionary, but merely colorful and engaging (which it is)-and that takes some of the bite out of the book. Nevertheless, this is an audacious fantasia, exhibiting a narrative daring and command few new writers can boast, sweeping the reader along as though it were a Vurt feather-trip itself. 75,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour. (Feb.)
Library Journal
William Gibson meets Lewis Carroll in this novel of future England, a time when humans, robots, virtual beings, and their various crossbreeds coexist and, as their primary recreation, indulge in drug-laced feathers that induce a virtual reality state known as "the Vurt." Living on the edges of this strange new world are narrator Scribble and his scruffy gang, the Stash Riders. After a mysterious feather named "Curious Yellow" causes Desdemona, Scribble's sister and lover, to become trapped in the Vurt, Scribble becomes obsessed with rescuing her. His quest for another Curious Yellow takes him on a vertiginous journey through the squalid Manchester streets and deep into the shadowy depths of the Vurt. Humorous, horrific, and wildly original, Vurt is an imaginative triumph. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/94.]-Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312141448
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 593,572
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    slipping into the vurt

    I was given this book to read from a friend after we came across Pollen two copies of Pollen at my school. I am not an avid reader and it usually takes me awhile to finish a book. This book though I became so engrossed that I read it in a day. Once I was finished I returned the book to my friend and ordered my own copy as I was unable to find at a few book stores I checked out. I have probably read the book a handful of times now, and I still enjoy it.The way in which Noon paints the environments and brings the characters to life motivated me to write a lot more, and I have used the world he created as inspiration for my graphic design work as well.If you are a fan of a gritty, not far into the future cyberpunk; this is a book I would strongly suggest picking up if you find a copy.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    A Remarkable Read.

    On par with "Between Chains and Freedom" by Daniel Lee Wilt.
    This is a wild tale and thrilling trip worth taking.
    Five stars all day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    fantastic

    has there ever been such a combination of fantasy and future? NO!! READ THIS BOOK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Clockwork Orange for the Nintendo Generation

    This book is a great futuristic look into the computer age world. I've read and re-read this book more times than I can count. It is a story that contains action and intrige that any culture and age can identify. It's like steping into a video game and being one of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    Nothing I had expected

    I'm not a huge fan of cyber-punk but what a great read. Jeff Noon is a fast author which keeps the pace quick and exciting. Highly recomended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2000

    Fast

    All I can say--is that this book MOVES. Noon's got a style and a voice that reads like electronica. Beautiful.

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