Under the Poppy (2020)

Under the Poppy From a wartime brothel to the intricate high society of s Brussels Under the Poppy is a breakout novel of childhood friends a love triangle puppetmasters and reluctant spies Under the Poppy is
  • Title: Under the Poppy
  • Author: Kathe Koja
  • ISBN: 9781931520706
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Under the Poppy
    From a wartime brothel to the intricate high society of 1870s Brussels, Under the Poppy is a breakout novel of childhood friends, a love triangle, puppetmasters, and reluctant spies.Under the Poppy is a brothel owned by Decca and Rupert Decca is in love with Rupert, but he in turn is in love with her brother, Istvan When Istvan comes to town, louche puppet troupe in tow,From a wartime brothel to the intricate high society of 1870s Brussels, Under the Poppy is a breakout novel of childhood friends, a love triangle, puppetmasters, and reluctant spies.Under the Poppy is a brothel owned by Decca and Rupert Decca is in love with Rupert, but he in turn is in love with her brother, Istvan When Istvan comes to town, louche puppet troupe in tow, the lines of their age old desires intersect against a backdrop of approaching war Hearts are broken when old betrayals and new alliances not just their own take shape, as the townsmen seek refuge from the onslaught of history by watching the girls of the Poppy cavort onstage with Istvan s naughty puppets .Under the Poppy is a vivid, sexy, historical novel that zips along like the best guilty pleasure Nominated for the IMPAC Award Winner of the Gaylactic Spectrum Award.
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    1. Please enjoy the second installment in the new series, Stefon on Literature Take it away, Stefon It s the 1870s, and Brussells hottest brothel is Under the Poppy Club owners Decca and Rupert have though of everything opium addicted whores on swings, rent boys in costume, mute piano players, unrequited gay love, horny GepettosI m sorry, Stefon, horny Gepettos You know that thing where a master puppeteer uses his skills to create puppets so lifelike that a prostitute can t tell they aren t human e [...]

    2. 3.5 5I don t know what I was thinking when I added this, but it was likely along the lines of Oh, this looks generally intriguing, rather than Oh hey I don t really know anything about 1870 s Brussels so maybe this will be a good introduction to it in the historical fic sense Alas, the latter was not what the author aimed for, and a book that would have interested me very much several years ago does not do much for me now In addition, the intrigue of gay erotica promised by the description was n [...]

    3. Originally published at Risingshadow.Under the Poppy is a mesmerizing, dark and erotic historical novel for adults It s almost like a decadent dream that lingers somewhere between fantasy and reality Once you start to read this novel and surrender yourself to its world, you re instantly hooked by the story.There are several different elements in this novel In my opinion Under the Poppy is an unforgettable story about love, unrequited love, lust, lovers, romance, friends, sex, eroticism, desire, [...]

    4. Ambivalent is how I feel about this book One week after I finished it, I am finally writing a review I needed this time to ponder the book, reread parts, and finally read reviews by others Alas, despite these measures, I still feel uncertain about the contradictions the book instills in me.First, the book received some acclaim and even an award because it deals with homosexual love, but I feel that the book only lightly touches upon this because the author is not comfortable enough or brave enou [...]

    5. Kathe Koja, Under the Poppy Small Beer Press, 2010 Kathe Koja has been doing this for twenty years now Actually, a little her first novel, The Cipher, kicked off Dell s ill fated, but brilliant, horror line Abyss If I remember correctly, it was published in April 1991 Yes, I m a big enough fan to be reasonably certain about that The Cipher was unlike anything I d read before, a perfect blend of horror, surrealism, and existentialism I came to call horror of absence , for lack of a streamlined [...]

    6. Whore Whore whore whore whore What the hell is this, the Holy Bible No, it s a book about a brothel Go figure.Whore This is the most used word in this book It s used casually It s used with a wink It s supposed to make the book edgy It fails.Recently, this is one of my most hated words, and it makes me hate books which use it so casually Especially I m sorry if the author is a woman and employs it in the narration Seriously, it s counterproductive It s lazy, callous, and traitorous.So, what s go [...]

    7. Dobar deo radnje romana odvija se u bordelu, tako da je moral likova, a valjda i na dok itamo, krajnje nekonvencionalan ali daleko od nepostoje eg Ako sa tim imate problem komotno presko ite Under the Poppy.Slede a nekonvencionalna stvar je stil Autorka me a upravni i neupravni govor na neobi an na in, grade i duga ke re enice to na samom po etku deluje malo konfuzno, ali meni se takav postupak ba dopao Nekako prisnije uvla i itaoca u radnju i te re enice teku lepo i bez seckanja koje upravni go [...]

    8. This is a beautifully written book It uses a non standard format that works astonishingly well for the book s theme Love, love, love how Koja incorporated that theme It s written with an omniscient narrator, with shifting POVs, and the dialog is entwined with the narrative prose.The rhythm and tone is stunning The characters are delightful I was even prepared to love the book regardless of the ending, but the ending was fabulous.It s a thick read, though This is not a fluffy book I know some peo [...]

    9. I recommended FSG try to acquire this lurid and powerful novel their loss is Small Beer s gain Beautiful cover, too.

    10. 1 Do you know that person who always goes on about how whatever How original and daring and outrageous they are How they don t have any patience for bourgeois affectations, and that they re just going straight for, like, blood and raw truth and odd drug habits You know, they are the human equivalent of the poster for the David Fincher adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo And after a while your eyes just sort of glaze over from boredom, and then you feel kind of sorry for them, because t [...]

    11. Re posted from theturnedbrain How did I even end up with this book Do you know what it s about Puppets Puppets Fucking puppets man I hate puppets The creep me the hell out And Under the Poppy is just crammed full of them In the literal sense, in that there is traveling genius puppeteer Istvan who has created and stolen a whole troupe of puppets with which he performs well received and oft times risqu shows all across 1800s Europe But also in the metaphorical sense, in that Koja spends a lot of t [...]

    12. Ever since I read Kathe Koja s novel Buddha Boy a few years ago, followed by a few of her other YA books, I knew she had become one of my favorite authors After doing some research, I learned that she writes not just YA, but also horror and erotic books for adults I was eager to see whether or not her voice would translate well through adult fiction, and I would be lying if I said I wasn t at least a little hesitant After all, she had created some of the most realistic teen characters I had ever [...]

    13. so I meant to review this forever and ever ago like, in October when I actually read it but I couldn t articulate what I wanted to say about it beyond kathe koja is a genius and I love this book so much that I metaphorically weep whenever I contemplate its existence so I didn t but I ve read so many lackluster and eh romance y books lately that I felt it was my duty, as a citizen upon this earth, to at least TRY, and that is why we re here, let s go.a basic, too basic, summary under the poppy is [...]

    14. In a historical city that could be 1870s Brussels stands Under the Poppy, a brothel with a flair for the theatrical, run by hard edged Decca and stoic Rupert But the unexpected arrival of Decca s brother Istvan, with his puppet troupe and tidings of war, brings unreset and change to the Poppy the intrigues of politics and murder, hearts broken and won Under the Poppy is a stylistic tour de force oftentimes hampered by that same strong style A fantasy of manners in the way of Kushner s Swordspoin [...]

    15. Gosh, I just loved this book I loved it so much that I ve been putting off writing a review because I don t know if I can do the book any justice, but I must write something about it to recommend it to folks Under the Poppy is a wonderfully beautiful, dark, lush neo Victorian novel set during the 1870s First, in a brothel, and then in Brussels We meet the owners of the brothel Under the Poppy Decca and Rupert, and then Decca s half brother Istvan shows up Istvan is a fantastic character, for he [...]

    16. I m a bit surprised, I ll admit, to be giving this such a high rating There s no speculative elements, not that I need speculative elements, but these days I don t read much that doesn t have them Still and all, though, this was one of the best books I read all year I absolutely loved it I loved the style, the characters, the ending, and everything.I didn t really expect to To be honest, love triangles and brothels, I dunno, it sounded like something that could get on my bad side pretty quickly [...]

    17. This is the second book I read as part of my guest stint on The Writer and the Critic I d never heard of Koja before.Looking around on GoodReads it s clear that this book evokes strong reactions both ways in many people And I too am riven by indecision about it The writing is absolutely exquisite Koja is a mistress of the evocative phrase, the perfect description It s a delight to read her prose This delight may be the only thing that got me through the whole book, and even then I skimmed chunks [...]

    18. Am a virgin when it comes to novels by Kathe Koja When i first received my copy of Under the Poppy, i thought that this was Koja s debut After doing a bit of research a.k.a google , i found out that the author has written quite a few other books including The Cipher and YA novels such as Budda Boy and Going Under The most amazing part of my research was finding out that some of the author s books were considered for film or the theater In fact Under the Poppy which by the way is being released o [...]

    19. This book is problematic Largely because had it ended at part one, I would ve enthusiastically called it one of the best of the year However, it drags on for an another agonizing part, so that diminished my love for it greatly.OK, there is a lot of good here These are some of the most fascinating characters I ve come across, and the love affair between Istvan and Rupert is a stereotype defying, raw, beautiful thing The style is a very original, very thick and in a sense, flashy and at points jer [...]

    20. Full disclosure I only read just over half of Under the Poppy What I did read was interesting, but I couldn t get into it I was reading to finish it, not to enjoy it, which is the point at which I m trying to teach myself to stop reading unless I need to read it for some academic purpose Supposedly, according to reviews, the second half is great, but I am really not in the mood right now I m not going to donate my copy or give it away for one thing, it was a gift from my girlfriend but I m not g [...]

    21. Fascinating premise, unusual phrasing that is beautiful but often awkward, characters that are intriguing yet often underdeveloped, and rather lacking in actual sex despite the first half of the book being set in a brothel Certain idiosyncracies of dialogue and narrative form are distracting and confusing such as switching points of view, locations, and scenes within a single paragraph and often within a single sentence and while there is emotion evoked within the story, there is also a curious [...]

    22. Under the Poppy won the 2011 Spectrum Award for Best Novel given for positive GLBT content in speculative fiction , an award well deserved Set in an alternate 19th century Europe, in a brothel, and somewhere a train ride from Paris, with war imminent, this is the story of a love triangle Decca, who is the co owner of the brothel with Rupert, is in love with him Rupert loves her brother, Istvan When Istvan returns, with his puppet troupe, these old desires resurface, sharpened by the coming war T [...]

    23. Three stars, No, five Bah, I ll give it four I am another reader who usually sticks to science fiction and fantasy This is neither, apart from being set in a world place time that is not quite ours First, be aware that it s densely written and a slow read That s not to say it isn t well written, There are some hundred word sentences with not one word that doesn t belong And only very rarely did I wonder if Koja was thinking Look what a clever writer I am The writing perhaps mirrors the detailed [...]

    24. Under The Poppy is one of those books that you read, think about lending to a friend, then reconsider You want to KEEP the book It s decadent, lush and Koja has a mastery of words that leaves this librarian re reading certain passages just to savor the words The Poppy refers to a brothel in Europe that is run by Decca and Rupert I don t want to give too much away but hearts are broken, corsets are loosened and there are puppets.

    25. Great characterisation Loved the setting and the relationship between the characters altogether in this one small place But it just takes a bit too long to go anywhere Found myself getting a bit bored halfway through.

    26. Review copy from publisherRead 2 14 12 3 7 124 Stars Strongly Recommended to readers who don t get their panties in a bunch over a few bawdy puppetsPgs 360Publisher Small Beer PressHoly brothels and puppets, Batman Under the Poppy is quite unlike any other literary fiction I have ever read and while that s a really good thing for me, if you are terrified of puppets then that could be a very, very bad thing for you Now, don t get me wrong These aren t scary come to life and get all Puppet Master [...]

    27. Under The Poppy is probably one of my all time favorite books The story telling is amazing and the characters suck you in It s an achingly beautiful love story that made me cry tears of joy sorrow , had me cheer and had me afraid to turn the page to see what was next.December 2014I ve re read this book times than I can count It s one of those books where you find new meaning and insight with each read I find myself feeling sympathy with characters Decca, Benjamin that I used to dislike This is [...]

    28. Oh, I have tried with this book Tried twice now There is so much here that I should like, so much that I generally enjoy while reading, but if given a choice, I never pick this book up off the stack I never feel compelled to keep reading I get about a hundred pages in by hook or by crook, and then I find something interesting to do Like scrub grout It will get one try Third time has been the charm with several books that have turned out to be treasured favorites But something is gonna have to [...]

    29. It would be very difficult to give this book an accurate description, without perhaps scaring people away I LOVED this read Entirely enchanting and original Koja has a very unique style, which takes some getting used to Indeed, the first 50 or so pages are a challenge, until you are suddenly swept into an enchanting story It has deep and abiding love Betrayal Pain The gamut of human emotion What a wonderful journey I recommend it to eveyrone.

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