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From the award-winning author of The Cipher and Buddha Boy, comes Velocities, Kathe Kojas second electrifying collection of short fiction. Thirteen stories, two never before published, all flying at the speed of strange. ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Meerkat Press, LLC
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Char
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
VELOCITIES: STORIES is a diverse, energetic and mysterious collection of stories by a woman who has mastered the art of storytelling.

I am a latecomer to Kathe Koja's work, having only read one novel to date, which was SKIN. It was quite far out of my comfort zone, but as such, her writing was like a revelation to me. When I saw this collection available as an ARC I requested it right away and here we are.

Not all of the tales within worked for me, but in collections they rarely do. The stories
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Lori
I was initially blown away by Kathe when I read Under the Poppy. That book affected me in ways literature usually does not. Many of the books I read will linger for a short time but later become muddled up with everything else I've read before or since. Details will begin to fade and then too the plots themselves. But not so with Kathe's triology. That one has stuck with me for the long haul. It is truly dazzling stuff.

It wouldn't be fair of me to attempt to hold this latest collection up
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Julia
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-physical
In Velocities, Kathe Koja, delivers thirteen short stories that will have you turning the pages at high-speed.

Being familiar with some of Koja's other novels, such as The Cipher and Skin, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this short story collection. The stories range from haunting to heart-rending, and sometimes a bit baffling.

I'm not going to lay out all of the shorts in my review, as there is too many and I also don't want to spoil anything. Instead I will mention a few that really
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Joshua Chaplinsky
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
Great collection!
Missy (myweereads)
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Right now she was working on a new box, a clean steel frame to enclose the life inside: her life: she was making a box for herself.

Velocities by Kathe Koja is her second collection of shorts stories including ones that have never been published before. My introduction to the author came through her novel Skin. I thoroughly enjoyed that novel because of the writing. Her style is to shock and awe and I think she achieves this greatly in this volume.

There are thirteen stories ranging from
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Amber
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this collection! Very well thought out and diverse! Definitely recommend
Donald Armfield
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Velo Cities moves like a finger over a map, following the fresh prose of a dark fantasy story-teller on point, stopping at a fork in a road; shows maybe a monster or an end wrapped in cautionary tape of strangeness.
My two favorites in this collection:
Velo Cities: the title story moves like a discussion over art that turns into a darkness far more sinister than expected.
Far and Wee: follows a farm boy through his path through the city where the beasts walk... many beasts.

Recommended reading and
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Gavin
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before Velocities I'd not read anything by Kathe Koja. Her writing had me captivated, totally enraptured. Gorge feeding my minds eye and triggering all the emotions.

Buy it, Read it, Love it.
Michelle Meng
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading each clever, dark, and intriguing story. It still amazes me on how much exquisiteness is packed into this one collection. The tales impact you heavily with Koja's shockful, intense details. Compelling and almost strange, painful and breathtaking, whatever it may be. The stories, each story, has a deeper meaning. If you look for it. This heck of a ride roller coaster has been a fun one! Though I've never read or heard of Koja's works before, I am sure, many will agree, that Koja ...more
Eugen Bacon
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Velocities is a literary dégustation of dark fiction with speculative elements, rich narrative full of text thats cunning, loaded with sentiment. ...more
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Kathe Koja is a writer, director and independent producer. Her work combines and plays with genres, from YA to contemporary to historical to horror. Her novelsincluding THE CIPHER, SKIN, BUDDHA BOY, TALK, and the UNDER THE POPPY trilogyhave won awards, been multiply translated, and optioned for film and performance. She creates immersive fiction with a rotating ensemble of video artists, dancers, ...more

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