The sweet death of Coyote, master taxi driver, was only the first. Soon people are sneezing and dying all over Manchester. Telekinetic cop Sybil Jones knows that, like Coyote, they died happy – but even a happy death can be a murder. As exotic blooms begin to flower all over the city, the pollen count is racing towards 2000 and Sybil is running out of time.
Jeff Noon was born in Manchester in 1957. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His first novel, Vurt, was published in 1993 and went on to win critical acclaim and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He went on to write Pollen, set in the same world as Vurt, and many other novels including Automated Alice, Pixel Juice and Needle in the Groove. His latest novel is Channel SK1N. You can find out more about Jeff and his books at www.metamorphiction.com.
©2013 Jeff Noon (P)2013 Audible Ltd
“Britain’s first star of cyberpunk” (Guardian)
“Great Fun. Read it” (Mail on Sunday)
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"Pollen by Jeff Noon"
I have read the printed version and must say that I much preferred it.
It is a truly great read.
NO, I really did not enjoy her performance, in fact it ruined my enjoyment of the book and may put me off trying further audible books
"Enjoyable but not quite 'Vurt'"
Fantastical. Gripping. Ambitious
Well, with Maggie Mash making a great effort to define the different characters - which, if you have read 'Vurt' or have some knowledge of these novels, you will already appreciate the complexity and depth of what Noon paints as being the Manchester of the future. The debasement of humanity itself over time and the reprocussions thereof, has meant a real depth to the setting and plot(s). However, I believe, that this has at times been at the expense of the characters and, as such, the story. So, in short, I actually found all the characters to be interesting and worthy of being fleshed out more, making it very difficult to actually have one favourite.
No, this was the first for me and I was impressed, given that I would probably have been hoarse by about the 3rd or 4th chapter (with most characters being male and, on occasions, also very gruff)!
I have found the concepts and pace of this book to really be the winning formulas. Even the, what would be, moving parts of the novel do not follow the traditional 'rules' and continue to lead the reader into even more unforeseen twists in the plot...
To sum up, this was an exciting and compelling 'read', even if at times it did feel a little too ambitious, with many of the aspects that make this book so different and clever still needing explanation and exploration in order to tie everything together. It felt like there might have been slightly too many instances where the reader is relied upon to just accept Noon's ideas, in the hope that all will be explained later. Even when I found that this did happen on the whole, sometimes the explanations were a little too shallow and some of my questions have still been left dangling in anticipation of his next book of the series!
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