Yet Vurt feathers are not for the weak. As the mysterious Game Cat says, ‘Be careful, be very careful’. But Scribble isn’t listening. He has to find his lost love. Vurt [Jeff Noon] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Vurt is a feather–a drug, a dimension, a dream state, a virtual reality. It comes in many. If you like literary science fiction, then Jeff Noon is the author for you. Vurt, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award, is a cyberpunk novel with a difference.

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Even though it won the Clarke Award back in the day. So, why was I reading Vurt for the third time? I read it when it was first released in Jwff then the Twentieth Anniversary edition comes out with an introduction from Lauren Beukes and so my surprise and delight, 3 new short stories at the end of the novel.

Vurt by Jeff Noon

We are in a science fiction with fantasy elements, and even a bit of meta-fiction. It is posthuman fiction or a love story. It is a riff on Alice in Wonderland or a social commentary on life in Manchester in the early s.

It is all of these things and more, and it all starts with Scribble and a yellow feather. Vurt is told in first person by Scribble — possibly a narrator of the unreliable kind — who is searching for the rare feather, called Curious Yellow.


Brid is a shadowgirl. The Thing is Vurt swap, alien-type, well, thing.

You see, Scrib is searching for the feather because he thinks he can swap the Thing back for Desdemona, who is his lover and more. Virtual reality is achieved via feathers. They come in different colours for different styles, such as pink for porno or blue for safe.

However, sometimes, things are lost to the Vurt and something else comes back instead. Scribble and his gang are travelling in a series of adventures through the rain of Manchester so he can find his lost love. This world is populated by shadowcops and robodogs and dogpeople. Pure humans are looked down upon. Incest and bestiality are major plot points and an everyday part of the world Noon creates. And that is his genius. And so you miss Des as much as Scribble does and you suffer with Tristan when he cuts the hair of Suze.

You want to visit the Slithy Tove because it sounds right and you want Murdoch, the shecop, to fail in her righteous mission. Noon creates a world like no other.

There is no science or any explained behind the vurt feathers, even though their inventor becomes a plot point late in the novel. It references rave and drug culture, crusty sub-culture and anti-authoritarianism. It makes us care about very odd characters with disturbing motivations.

It makes us want to be in the world Noon creates. The structure of the book includes descriptions of the world by a sort of reviewer called Game Cat, who becomes a major player in his own right.


In this edition, the bonus shorts are welcome, if not the standard of the novel. Tantalising glimpses into a better place; a sniff from the cork while being denied a drink of the wine. First posted on Geek Syndicate. I read Vurt some years ago and this perfectly reminded me of the novel I know I loved but had started to forget.

Vurt by Jeff Noon

Thanks for the reminder and I hope to read it again someday. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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