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The book introduces a lingo of the future which makes the first chapter or so a little unfamiliar, however, one soon picks it up and understands the meaning, and the language itself is a part of the experience of this book. Many parallels in the book are created such as drugs and feathers etc which lend it a certain familiarity. When first published it was a very original work, but I can't help but feel that subsequent films have borrowed ideas from this book, such as the Matrix.
A rollercoaster ride which twists and turns all the way to it's conclusion. I think Jeff Noon must have done curious yellow to have thought up this book! An exciting original read hence 5 stars.
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Much of the book already seems incredibly dated, especially the stories which revolve around dj culture. Very 1991.
Regardless, Noon has a wonderful imagination and when he strikes a fresh note, it rings clearly and resonates for pages.
Pixel Juice also rewards those who re-read the book; there are word games which ring a big smug smile to the face when they're figured out (see how quickly you decipher "Metaphorazine" or "Alphabox"). There are references between stories; the young lad in "Junior Pimp" mentions that pimping is just like a game - tying in to "PIMP! - The Boardgame". That story makes reference to "Fetish Booth #7" and the lead character of FB #7 is mentioned in several of the other tales. Things like this keep the reader darting back through the book and smiling every time they spot a connection. Heck, there's even a poem towards the end of the book which sums up the stories so far and takes the mick out of the author! Everywhere you turn, there's a surprise an a twist, from the almost conventional horror story to the dreamlike beginning and end tales.
And contrary to what some have said, prior knowledge of Noon's other work isn't entirely neccessary. Although there are some stories which are set firmly in the Vurt universe, it's pretty easy for the reader to catch up with what's happening.
I hate short stories. Can't abide them, even by my favourite authors. They are normally so uninvolving, only trying to shock you, because it's the easiest emotion to inspire. Not so with this. I can't extol the virtues of this book enough. Read this book or die.
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Remember, reading Jeff Noon makes you happy.
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"Nymphomation" has much of the fascinating style and energy that Vurt is very capable of, but seems to lack substance for me.
As before, I loved being immersed in Noon's scrambled vision of the almost future. I breathlessly trailed along with his characters racing towards their uncertain fates as their dark world of Manchester bubbled and squirmed under the influence of the Blurbflies that were inexorably saturating their consciousness.
And then, and then...... no biggy.
If you have the time, read this one for the trip, but not for the destination.
Remember, reading Jeff Noon makes you smart.
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Jeff Noon's style is so original and smart, that I am tempted to call him a genuis. He was able to take the same futuristic, perverted, cross-breed world that he created for "Vurt" ( a shocking, absorbing novel in it's own right) and apply it to "Pollen" with and entirely different perspective and story line.
I very much enjoyed the heavy-handed literary reference to the goddess Persephone. I also liked the more natural, Earthy approach to "Pollen" vs. the obvious Urban Decay theme in "Vurt".
Noon tries, rather successfully in my opinion, to write a third Alice story...one in which she finds herself in present day Manchester, England after climbing through a grandfather clock. Noon uses Carroll's fine use of language and wordplay to create this very entertaining story which does fit into the Manchester he created with Pollen and Vurt.
This is a story written as only Noon could write it. Some will say it's a rip-off and a poor imitation of Carroll but I think it's a great tribute and a fun read.
This book is a cross-pollination of Lewis Carroll's universe (from whence Alice originates) with Jeff Noon's universe (the setting of Vurt, Pollen, etc.) Noon (who has a distinctive style of his own) does a fair job of emulating Carroll's writing, but emphasizes the puns and wordplay that make Carroll's books so delightful to adults. Although it's a quick read, you're rewarded if you take the time to enjoy the wit.
Unlike many other Alice-"inspired" work, Noon has well-developed plot and a strong central theme he writes towards, one that is enhanced by the allusions to Lewis Carroll. The "Automated" Alice of the title is a robotic Alice; the differences and interactions between Alice Liddell, Alice "in Wonderland," and "Automated" Alice are used to form an interesting central metaphor.
I recommend this book highly. It's clever, fun, and intriguing.
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