Monday, January 29, 2007

Vurt - Jeff Noon

Vurt is just not very good. When you look at what William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams and others have done with this sort of thing, or even going back further, this is very disappointing.

Alternate reality via drugs and all is perhaps missing the point at little, at this point. Plenty of other cyberpunk tales to read before you need to waste your time with this one.

2 out of 5


Timothy Chen Allen said...

I was surprised to see such a recent review of Vurt. I actually really enjoyed it-- but based on your review, I'd better go have a look at William Gibson. If they're doing better than Noon, they must be very good.

I'd have to say that I was biased-- the story in Vurt paralleled earthly experiences I had before.

In any case, de gustibus non es disputandem (no accounting for taste!).

Blue Tyson said...

Ha! Fair enough. :)

Anonymous said...

Vurt isn't the best of Jeff Noon's book, but it is the book that first got the attention of a lot of UK CyberPunk fans.

Give Pollen a read however. It's kind of the sequel to Vurt and a far more beefy and well rounded read.