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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Cipher by Kathe Koja. Nicholas is a would-be poet and video-store clerk with a weeping hole in his hand - weeping not blood, but a plasma of tears It began with Nakota and her crooked grin. She had to see the dark hole in the storage room down the hall. She had to make love to Nicholas beside it, and stare into its secretive, promising depths.

Then Nakota began her experiments: First, she put Nicholas is a would-be poet and video-store clerk with a weeping hole in his hand - weeping not blood, but a plasma of tears Then Nakota began her experiments: First, she put an insect into the hole.

Then a mouse Now from down the hall, the black hole calls out to Nicholas every day and every night. And he will go to it. Because it has already seared his flesh, infected his soul, and started him on a journey of obsession - through its soothing, blank darkness into the blinding core of terror Get A Copy.

Paperback , First Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Dick Award Nominee Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Cipher , please sign up. I started reading this book and I believe it made me sick. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Cipher. I don't even know what to say. I've only recently joined the church of Koja. It may not be as big as some, Stephen King's say, but there are joys to be found in smaller congregations. This is the story of Nakota and Nicholas who one day found a black hole, named it the funhole, and changed their lives forever.

They stuck different things into the hole, getting uncomfortable yet? What happened to these items when they were thrust inside? You'll have to read this to find out! I absolutely adore Ms. Koja's prose, and Joshua Saxon the narrator brought it home with flare. This must not have been an easy performance due to the style of the aforementioned prose-especially in the second half of the book because it's a stream-of-consciousness narrative.

His voicing was phenomenal. I'm a bit irritated with myself because the few clips I made of the audio that highlighted the prose apparently did not save.

There were short, staccato-like descriptions that Beautiful, honest and evocative words that my brain immediately transferred to a visual-like a direct injection. For instance " Brief, staccato, BAM: there's the picture-full and complete. I could go on and on about this prose but I'll leave it at what I've written. Kathe Koja's writing probably isn't for everyone; the reviews seem pretty split on Goodreads. For me, however, I feel like I have been missing out out an author that is perfect for my dark and black heart.

I'm on a mission to read everything she's written. I'm a Koja missionary, baby! My highest recommendation! This is it! View all 7 comments. Michelle Awesome review, Char! Char Another convert! And thank you. May 05, Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing. Kathe Koja is an artist who writes like no one else I've ever read. As I sometimes do, I read this more for the writing than the story, which isn't a criticism at all, but rather a compliment to the writing.

Koja conjures words and phrases that are at turns poetic and grotesque. Her feel for language is truly impressive. And, of course, The Funhole is a fascinating concept.

I'd heard about the novel for years and am glad I read it. View all 6 comments. Jan 31, Gregor Xane rated it really liked it Shelves: But what did it all mean? If you don't like reading books where that's the question you're left with after turning the final page, this might not be the thing for you.

This book is like a Rorschach splatter, and I'm not telling you what I think it all meant to me. I'd be embarrassed, I think, to expand on the matter with anyone other than a close friend. It's dark. It's nasty. The only good people in this story are on the periphery.

If you like body horror. If you like art house films that shove th But what did it all mean? If you like art house films that shove the camera into the mess of humanity, then you'll likely enjoy the ever-loving shit out of this book. I think it would have worked better as a novella. And the OCR transition to eBook wasn't quality-checked as well as it could have been. There were some twisted fits of textual weirdness here and there throughout. View all 4 comments. Mar 11, Quill rated it it was amazing Shelves: general-horror , favorites , cosmic-horror , body-horror.

My Thoughts Horror is rarely poetry. This book is physical and metaphysical in its terror. It invites you in, sits you down, and proceeds to tear off layer after layer of safety until you feel as exposed as Nicholas does. And she keeps going until she determinedly finds something that will unnerve, and she will. Even the likeable ones are clearly flawed.


The Cipher

Not darkness, not the absence of light but living black. Maybe a foot in diameter, maybe a little more. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive, not even something but some —process. Only Nicholas and his cantankerous sometime- girlfriend Nakota are aware of this apparent warp in the space-time continuum, and they aren't telling anyone what they have found.


Fun in the Funhole: Exploring Kathe Koja’s “The Cipher”

Just wondering, have you had a chance to read some of Kathe Koja's short fiction? Some of it's fantastic. I have her collection Extremities but have only read one or two stories in it. I did like her zombie story "Prince of Nox" in Still Dead. Whoa, does that sound like a depressing read. But also extremely interesting.


Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja born is an American writer. She was initially known for her intense speculative fiction for adults, [1] but has written young adult novels, the historical fiction Under the Poppy trilogy, and a fictional biography of Christopher Marlowe. Koja is also a prolific author of short stories , including many in collaboration with Barry N. Koja has also collaborated with Carter Scholz. Koja was born in Detroit, Michigan, [5] the second of two sisters.

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