The Mercury Waltz
We’re pursued by no one, now.
Having fled their comfortably dangerous brothel-and-theater known as the Poppy, Rupert and Istvan have traveled far to land in a city of sepia and silver, where they make new allies and settle old grudges. Ancient families clash with municipal thugs outside and inside the doors of the Mercury Theatre: the home Rupert has always longed for, with a stage created for Istvan’s wildest tales.
Kathe Koja’s compelling sequel to Under the Poppy continues the timeless love and passionate play of its heroes, who can never truly escape their past. As their lives intertwine with a young blue-eyed fortuneteller, a foxy street sharpster, and a poet from the provinces come to this city on the brink of combustion, the promise of the Poppy is played out to the tune of The Mercury Waltz.
"The Mercury Waltz returns us to the grimy, decadent, fin-de-siècle world of Under the Poppy, cranking the resolution to reveal every brilliantly imagined nook of one corner of this world, in prose that is exquisite, sensual, evocative, romantic, and luxurious. There is no one left to compare Koja to--I don't know another writer with her fearlessness, erudition, and perfect pitch. The effect is dazzling."
- Lewis Shiner, author of Slam and Deserted Cities of the Heart
"Kathe Koja's creations are unlike those of any living writer. Her peers are Ovid and Petronius, Rimbaud and Wilde. Having sipped of the same ancient nectar as the children of Apollo, Koja deftly crafts a lusty, transcendent prose which impishly re-imagines the traditional antitheses of pleasure and pain, virtue and vice, spectacle and reality." - Adam Burgess, Roof Beam Reader
"If Dickens had a penchant for opium and sodomy he might have given us a world as rich
as The Mercury Waltz, but only Kathe Koja could wholly deliver these goods. This
beguiling, complex, urban tale of rueful economies, of how the puppet strings of love
and lust are forever entangled, is simply inimitable."
- Tom Cardamone, author of Green Thumb and The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
The Funhole returns. In a hole new format.
Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and a Philip K. Dick Award finalist.
"An ethereal rollercoaster ride from start to finish." - The Detroit Free Press
"Seldom has language been so visceral and so right ... Disturbing, unique, and unforgettable." - Locus
"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
"This powerful first novel is as thought-provoking as it is horrifying." -Publishers Weekly
"The Cipher... combined intensely poetic language and lavish grotesqueries." - BoingBoing
Named one of the Top Ten Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World by Storm by io9.com.
"A dark and frightening work by a major talent whose prose reads like a collaboration between Clive Barker and William S. Burroughs. Highly recommended."
- Library Journal
"[H]umorless novel about art punks in an unnamed present-day city...the novel, like the art of the characters it portrays, is a sustained exercise in style over substance."
- Publishers Weekly
"The language Koja employs is fresh and astonishing, harsh yet beautiful."
-Washington Post Book World
Tess welds metal. Bibi molds flesh. Together, they make art that moves,
dances, burns, and bleeds, and the Surgeons of the Demolition become the
hottest ticket in town. But Bibi wants more, always more, no matter who gets
hurt. And Tess needs to burn, no matter what.
Thirty years ago, SKIN changed the landscape of dark fiction forever. And now the girls are back in town.
"Unexpectedly poignant ... Sentences as sharp and to the point as a scrotal stud."
"[W]ill leave many fighting off its overload."
- Kirkus Reviews
"The biggest flaw in this novel is the writing. Koja often abandons grammar, sentence structure, and, as a result, clarity. Many of her incomplete sentences are simply unintelligible."
- The Tech
"Not an easy read, but perversely beautiful."