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The Cipher av Kathe Koja
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The Cipher (urspr publ 1991; utgåvan 2020)

av Kathe Koja (Författare)

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and Locus Awards, finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award, and named one of io9.com's "Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm." With a new afterword by Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker and Rag. "Black. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive." When a strange hole materializes in a storage room, would-be poet Nicholas and his feral lover Nakota allow their curiosity to lead them into the depths of terror. "Wouldn't it be wild to go down there?" says Nakota. Nicholas says, "We're not." But no one is in control, and their experiments lead to obsession, violence, and a very final transformation for everyone who gets too close to the Funhole.… (mer)
Medlem:devendradave
Titel:The Cipher
Författare:Kathe Koja (Författare)
Info:Meerkat Press, LLC (2020), Edition: Second edition, 236 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:read

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I received this book through the Early Reviewers program. I'll say right up front that I don't normally read horror, so the fact that I didn't like this book very much probably says more about my personal taste than the quality of the book. Honestly, I got about halfway through and then skimmed through to the end.

I enjoyed the beginning, the way the author slowly brings the supernatural/horror elements into the very boring and ordinary life of the protagonist. The author does a really good job of establishing the characters as the kind of 20somethings who drift through life without much ambition, working crappy jobs, living in crappy apartments, having crappy sex, basically being jerks to each other. But then suddenly there's this weird black hole thing and the protagonist and his sort-of-girlfriend become obsessed with it in different ways as befitting their different personalities.

But I lost interest as it dragged on and brought in a bunch of new, unlikeable characters who all have their own agendas and obsessions. Like I said, I skipped ahead to the end, and found the ending actually reasonably interesting (also a little gory but not more than I could handle). I like how the author ended things on an ambiguous note, so you have to imagine the rest for yourself. I felt that was appropriately creepy. And the story overall does raise some interesting questions about human nature, fear, obsession, etc. -- but overall it is just not really my cup of tea. ( )
  mamajoan | Nov 2, 2020 |
One of the few books during the pandemic, that I couldn’t put down. Such a different and crazy mindfuck! ( )
  CaseyMorris | Oct 12, 2020 |
This acclaimed 1991 horror novel is now being digitally republished. It's about an impoverished, nihilistic boyfriend and girlfriend and their obsession with a black, slimy, pulsating hole in the floor that leads ... somewhere? Their lives and mental states, already shabby to begin with, deteriorate while they experiment with the "Funhole" and attract a group of pretentious artists and sycophants.

I enjoyed the bleak prose, fierce characters, and sparing but razor-edged dialogue. The book is great at using the Funhole as an analogy of nihilism, but it does so too much. I would have preferred a shorter, more concise story with about half the navel-gazing. (Yes, I know that "navel-gazing" is the whole point of a book about people obsessed with a hole. Just shut up.) And I felt cheated by the ending, though I guess it was a good example of nihilism too, whee. ( )
  KGLT | Oct 11, 2020 |
Nicholas and his sometime lover Nakota discover a mysterious, pulsating hole in a storage room in the building where he lives; they are quickly drawn to experiment, trying to figure out what it is. First insects, then a mouse, and then a severed hand, and they have only just begun to explore the Funhole…. I received an e-book of this reissue through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program, and I jumped at the chance because it was published by my favourite publishing house, Meerkat Press. Alas, my stomach for horror isn’t what it used to be, and I found myself struggling to get through even the first chapter and a half or so. Very fine writing, and extremely original, but I’m afraid I just couldn’t get through it. Did not finish.
  thefirstalicat | Oct 3, 2020 |
What a read.... I am still scared after finishing this book. This book is heavy heavy heavy on body horror.

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.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3540100906 ( )
  devendradave | Sep 20, 2020 |
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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and Locus Awards, finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award, and named one of io9.com's "Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm." With a new afterword by Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker and Rag. "Black. Pure black and the sense of pulsation, especially when you look at it too closely, the sense of something not living but alive." When a strange hole materializes in a storage room, would-be poet Nicholas and his feral lover Nakota allow their curiosity to lead them into the depths of terror. "Wouldn't it be wild to go down there?" says Nakota. Nicholas says, "We're not." But no one is in control, and their experiments lead to obsession, violence, and a very final transformation for everyone who gets too close to the Funhole.

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