Saturday, January 10, 2009


Vurt by Jeff Noon is a science fiction novel that won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994. There's nothing on the book's cover to give the slightest hint as to what it's about. It was an easy read as long as I didn't think about it along the way. I'd be hard-pressed to explain the book to someone else.

SFSite has a review that says,
Its biggest selling point is probably its fundamental oddness. It's almost like cyberpunk as written by someone who has never heard of computers. Though set in the near future, vaguely dystopic setting and lowlife, it is a long way from Gibson and Co

Steven Wu gives this plot summary:
Scribble scatters thither and yon in search of his sister, hooking up with various characters whose lives hardly matter to the reader, only to succeed (or fail?) in his quest in a bizarre conclusion that saps whatever life was left of the novel in the last few pages.

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