A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Cobralingus by Jeff Noon. Jeff Noon is a novelist, short story writer and playwright whose works make use of word play and fantasy. Noon’s speculative. Antony Johnston START > INLET Welcome to the review of Jeff Noon’s latest book, Cobralingus. DRUG: HYPERBOLIN > ENHANCE Jeff.

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Dec 09, Tor. There’s not much sense in trying to describe it here: Note also that the volume is beautifully presented, enhancing the effect. Fifteen, twenty minutes, until the water jet weakens to a dribble. Open Preview See a Problem? Lisa Lumdeedums rated it liked it Jun 17, There are poems, photographs, quotations, areas of text printed upside down, almost blank pages, footnotes, an index, a playful use of typography.

Experimental fiction of the finer sort. The more I read these books, the darker they shine. Reading interviews with the people involved, I started to learn a little about the computer software employed, and the techniques ieff creation, and to wonder if the same processes could be used to manipulate and transform the written word.

The results are varied, sprawling about in unusual page layouts, but for the most part have gained something compelling. Cobralinghs Read Edit View history. Carroll operates on language like a cruel, crazy surgeon. The Cobralingus filtering device borrows text and samples it.

Jeff Noon’s top 10 fluid fiction books

How disappointing this period seems compared with the world we promised ourselves. It is pertinent, in this regard, to look at the recent novel House of Leaves, by the American writer Mark Z Danielewski. The underlying mechanism is evolutionary genetics.


The collection of stories they put together, All Hail the New Puritans, is a peculiar document. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

Rachaal Steele rated it really cobrakingus it Apr 28, It sounds fairly mechanical, and Noon presents it as such. There are to be no flashbacks, no authorial voices, no dual narratives.

The narrative fabric of nokn latest cult movie is woven through with jump cuts, freeze-frames, montage, slow motion shots, tracking shots, hand-held camera techniques, and the like. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. These new stories are then carried on, until further stories are added to the mix. We can also look at the branching narratives of computer games, at the strange connections that hypertext links reveal on the internet, at the cobgalingus played with image and text in a graphic novel.

We need writers who revel in the wild excitement of language, at this deepest level, creating a kind of dub fiction. Supposedly cutting up classic texts and resuturing them together like the two halves of a car chop shop, while certainly cobralinyus a new text, but was also supposed to maintain echoes of the original ghost texts working under the surface.

As a teenager, Noon was addicted to American comic heroes, and still turns to them for inspiration. I could also drug the language, using such concepts as Anagramethane, Metaphorazine and Fecundamol. Cobalingus me of new comments via email.


Let language fashion, fuse and breed, explode and hatch anew. Cobralingus sits apart from Noon’s other published works. Readers should see for themselves. It is exactly the kind of storytelling we now need.

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The last seven in alphabetical order of the author are books I’ve been getting into recently. Lightning scissors down onto a neighbouring building, seduced by a radio antenna. Needle in the Groove follows Elliot Hill, a bass player and ex-junkie trudging the pub-rock circuit, who is invited to join a new band: At the same time, it will utilise a fluid, organic structure, a network of storylines. The pieces themselves vary in ultimate quality, but many of them achieve what I would call brilliance, and even the less-successful experiments show a verve and enthusiasm for the process of writing Noon establishes the framework of his process of fiction “remix” in his prefatory comments, provides you with a terminology and shorthand that enables him to chart the progression of each remix work as it is in process, and then displays each iteration process from source material to finished piece.

First of all, we have to accept that English writing has been far too slow in its adoption of avant-garde techniques, in comparison with popular music, art and films.