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The Cipher Kindle Edition
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Nicholas, a would-be poet, and Nakota, his feral lover, discover a strange hole in the storage room floor down the hall - "Black. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive." It begins with curiosity, a joke - the Funhole down the hall. But then the experiments begin. "Wouldn't it be wild to go down there?" says Nakota. Nicholas says "We're not." But they're not in control, not from the first moment, as those experiments lead to obsession, violence, and a very final transformation for everyone who gets too close to the Funhole.
THE CIPHER was the winner of the 1991 Bram Stoker Award, and was recently named one of io9.com's Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm. Long out-of-print and much sought-after, it is finally available as an ebook, with a new foreword by the author.
"An ethereal rollercoaster ride from start to finish." - The Detroit Free Press
"Combines intensely poetic language and lavish grotesqueries." - BoingBoing
"Kathe Koja is a poet ... [T]he kind that prefers to read in seedy bars instead of universities, but a poet." - The New York Review of Science Fiction
"Her 20-something characters are poverty-gagged 'artists' who exist in that demimonde of shitty jobs, squalid art galleries, and thrift stores; her settings are run-down studios, flat-beer bars, and dingy urban streets [a] long way from Castle Rock, Dunwich, or Stepford, that's for sure." - Too Much Horror Fiction
"This powerful first novel is as thought-provoking as it is horrifying." - Publishers Weekly
"Unforgettable ... [THE CIPHER] takes you into the lives of the dark dreamers that crawl on the underbelly of art and culture. Seldom has language been so visceral and so right." - Locus
"[THE CIPHER] is a book that makes you sit up, pay attention, and jettison your moldy preconceptions about the genre ... Utterly original ... [An} imaginative debut." - Fangoria
"Not so much about the vast and wonderful strangeness of the universe as it is about the horrific and glorious potential of the human spirit." - Short Form
From Publishers Weekly:
Down-and-out Nicholas and his friend Nakota one day discover a black hole in the floor of an abandoned storage room in his apartment building, which they quickly christen the "Funhole." The two set out to see what happens when they drop various items into the hole, whetting its appetite with insects, a mouse and a human hand, which all come back violently rearranged. Next, they lower a camcorder into the hole to record the action within. The videotape they retrieve is spellbinding, but there's a catch: what Nicholas sees is different from everyone else's vision. To Nakota the hole means change, because whatever is dropped into the Funhole emerges transformed-- if it ever emerges. Mesmerized by the Funhole, she claims that Nicholas is the only one who can make things happen around it. For Nicholas himself, the hole is a phenomenon that forces him to face his miserable, aimless life. Koja has created credible characters who are desperate for both entertainment and salvation. Inaugurating Dell's new Abyss Books series, this powerful first novel is as thought-provoking as it is horrifying.
About the Author
- ASIN : B008LDFLMU
- Publisher : Roadswell Editions (13 July 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 859 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 238 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #146,020 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top review from India
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I am not that much fan of the horror novel other than soft horror I try to read. But this book amazed me a lot and what a writing style of the author Koja. Normally, I am unable to read through many horror novels, but this one was a unique and refreshing adventure all the way through. The prose took a little getting used to, but it certainly made the novel feel more surreal, as if experiencing someone's fever dream.
Kathe Koja's classic horror novel was the winner of the 1991 Bram Stoker Award, and was recently named one of io9.com's Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm.
This is a excellent horror book written by Koja and I highly recommend it if you like supernatural horror. I have received the ebook copy from Meerkat Press for review. I am greatful to introducing me to this book and new author Kathe Koja, I am interested now to read her other books in future.
When I started the book initially I wasn’t fond of the writing style of author and it took time for me to get adjusted to the writing style of the author. But as I continue reading I felt that this is marvellous work of horror fiction and got adjusted to the writing style of the author.
Briefly, The Cipher tells the story of Nicholas and Nakota, who discover a mysterious black hole/portal in the utility closet of Nicholas' apartment building. The book involves Nicholas' deterioration after he puts his hand into the hole and ends up with a black hole of his own, on his right hand. What happens next is you need to really read the book till end and enjoy the story and writing style. I recommend this book to Stephen King horror novels fans to read once.
Top reviews from other countries
Despite these great ingredients, I felt bored with the book and had to force myself to finish it. I think the content could have made a superb short story. However, at book length, it is repetitive and too drawn out. There is no story ark or character development after the first third of the book. In order the keep the story going, the author repeats the main themes and adds superfluous side characters that are just reiterations of the main characters.
In sum, I think the book is well worth reading for the style and the premise. Perhaps, the reader should not feel obliged to finish the book. I’m intrigued to read other book by the author to see how her unique writing style is put to use in other stories.
The further into the novel the reader gets, the more bizarre and disturbing it becomes. If you are looking for a new experience in cult fiction, I highly recommend "The Cipher".