30 Oct There’s nothing at the center of Kathe Koja’s novel The Cipher. Cipher. A vaguely-defined, but ominous figure shows up in the Funhole video. Kathe Koja (born ) is an American writer. She was initially known for her intense Koja’s first novel, The Cipher, was originally entitled The Funhole. 13 May I still don’t think there’s been anything in horror quite like Kathe Koja’s debut novel, The Cipher (Feb , Dell/Abyss). These days she writes.

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Nicholas’ best friend is Nakota, a woman who exudes sexual energy like a visible corona of light but is so ugly inside that she can turn anybody around her to stone. There are lots of fights, drifting in and koaj of consciousness, and then more fights. I bought it when it first appeared and I was one very angry reader. Want to Read saving…. Slan Van Vogt, A. All come back monstrously deformed and mostly dead.

Very few people are even remotely likable in this novel, but you do find yourself feeling bad in a wayfor clpher protagonist, even though he really does nothing to help himself or his situation. Childhood’s End Clarke, Arthur C. Of course it could never be that easy, but there were moments, like now, that I could successfully pretend that it was, and I had no inclination to try to peer past those moments.


I think it’s because the punctuation is a bit odd, almost like a stream of consciousness in places. Kathe Koja born is an American writer. A portal into another world, a fold in reality, or as Nicholas always puts it, a process?

I don’t like to lay down edicts about horror, since the great strength of the genre is how much freedom it provides. This was her first novel, in the Horror genre. Jan 29, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: I felt that the narration had a choppy feel to it.

Praising The Blue Mirror as an “eerie, psychologically gripping urban tale” similar to the work of author Francesca Lia Block, a Publishers Weekly reviewer added that in her story “Koja explores the confusion between infatuation and real love—in all its cruelty and its redemptive powers.

The Cipher wanders off into some very strange places, and you will have no choice but to wander off with it.

The Cipher by Kathe Koja

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? There were only two characters I liked, Nicholas and Randy, neither of whom I felt I really “knew” by the end of the story.


I too found this for a few bucks at a used katne. Maybe a foot in diameter, maybe a little more. The House of Small Shadows. And the funhole is wasted, seriously, no one falls down it? Eventually I found him sympathetic if not just outright pathetic.

Kathe Koja

I think there was the seed of a good book, but, IMHO, it all went wrong. Did you read Skin by any chance its the only one I’ve read by her thus far and it was a random find at a library sale. I got the book off of Amazon based on this review. I found the initial idea and characterisations great; grotesque, thoroughly unlikeable people yet complex and believable. The Cipher by Kathe Koja Others are brought into the “secret.

The unexplained provides the horror here, but not to society or even the town – just to the main characters. Koja is founding director of nerve[9] a Detroit-based immersive theatre company. Jun 07, Cody codysbookshelf rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please review your cart.

These can be scary, but they can also fail miserably.