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The Mercury Waltz [Kindle Edition]

Kathe Koja
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Book Description

"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.

Kathe Koja’s books include Under the Poppy, The Cipher and Skin; her young adult novels include Buddha Boy, Talk and Kissing the Bee. Her work has been honored by the ALA, the ASPCA and with the Bram Stoker Award. Her books have been published in seven languages and optioned for film. She’s a Detroit native and lives in the area with her husband, artist Rick Lieder. She also runs Loudermilk Productions, creating site-specific immersive events including performances of Faustus and her own adaptation of Under the Poppy.

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  • File Size: 2445 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roadswell Editions (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathe Koja has a feel for Europe's fin de siècle, and the themes that inspired writers and artists, poets and musicians. Through the adventures and misadventures of Rupert and Istvan, the heroes of "Under the Poppy," she again explores the uneasy alliance of sex, politics and commerce, though this time in a more roundabout manner.

While Decca remains at The Poppy, and with Lucy married to Pimm and settled into a theatrical life, Rupert and Istvan are on their own, at least for a short while. But they seem to draw people to them, people who become family. Into their sphere they welcome Tilde, a maid-servant devoted to Rupert's happiness, Haden St. Mary, a pimp and a spy, and Seraphim, a critic with more than his share of secrets. In this new town, the pair have opened a theater of their own -- The Mercury -- and their plays tweak the noses of local authority and cause scandal to the moralists of the town. Rupert and Istvan are older, but not necessarily wiser, at least about their relationship with each other, and yet their love for one another is the single enduring thing about their world. Even when that love is tested by a figure from their past.

Relationships are reiterated, forming and reforming in different configurations. Themes dear to the heart of fin de siècle authors -- the vigor and strength of the new, the decadence and failure of the old -- make the story richer and deeper. As with "Under the Poppy" Koja's prose is elegant and difficult. It requires your attention and rewards that attention with gorgeous, sometimes dizzying passages that flow like a vast river. And if you haven't yet read Poppy, I urge you to do so before tackling "The Mercury Waltz" because it may stand on its own, but it is far richer for familiarity with its prequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY... HOLY OH MY GOSH. January 22, 2014
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If ever a sequel has lived up to its phenomenal predecessor, this is it. A truly stunning, heartbreaking, beautiful addition to the tale started in Under the Poppy. It seems like everything Koja writes is breathtaking, and this is no exception. Bravo, and cry the Mercury!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cry the Mercury! April 7, 2014
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Sequel to the amazing 'Under the Poppy'. Victorian puppet masters and tarot reading housekeeper weave an adventure of art and intrigue. Love and art, woven into a story you will remember!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous February 13, 2014
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I've read Under the Poppy twice, and I was just starting to think I might read it again when I heard Koja had published the sequel. The Mercury Waltz is every bit as lovely as Under the Poppy. I can get lost for hours in Koja's prose, characters, and amazingly lush world – and I think you should, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After Under the Poppy February 12, 2014
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Loved it. Under the Poppy left me wanting more. Koja delivered beautifully. I like her attention to detail developing the feel of an era.
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