It really does seem as though I’ve been doing more and more reviews as of late. Well, I’m perfectly alright with that. I always delight in the ability to provide some sort of information as to the books I read, as I find that many find them helpful. To date, luckily, I haven’t faced any backlash from egocentric authors whom believe that their works are God’s gift to man.
I’ve heard some hideous horror stories.
Today, I am graced to bring you a review on a fellow All Authors Publishing House member’s work, “Simi’s Komma” by Da’Kharta Rising. Da’Kharta won me over when she demonstrated her marvelous writing skills with her story “Boundless Limits: Transcendent Choice Book One“. Suffice it to say that at the possibility of reading one of her earlier works, I simply could not resist.
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Papyrus is a small town that’s not a fan of anything different. Here we meet four long time friends. Hiphen is the observant one. Rod is the laid back one. Point is a girl that acts like one of the guys yet is a proponent of action. Simi is the leader of the squad.
When transfer Komma Plush arrives, Simi takes it upon himself to show her the ropes of a new town yet at first she is not open to it. What follows takes Simi on this journey that threatens the balance of his long term friendships.
I’m always fascinated by the opportunity to see growth in a writers craft. And yet, I was flabbergasted to see that Ms. Rising’s craft has been pretty polished since the beginning. It was a lovely thing to see indeed.
I was instantly drawn in by the first paragraph of the work:
“Two evergreen trees sat on either side of Sentence Avenue. In front of one of the trees was a blue-gray marble sign. Shiny gold words were embossed on the sign’s surface. It read: Welcome to Papyrus.“
I could instantly see the image that author was attempting to portray. It was stunning to see how, with a few simple and well placed words one immediately became enthralled with the story.
Now, a bit about the premise.
“Simi’s Komma”, as odd as the title might be, is the story about a young man named Simi, his love life and his group of friends—all names after punctuations, I might add.
Simi, is head over heels in love with Komma, the sexy new girl in school. While his friends—particularly his female friend, Point—have their reservations about Komma, Simi can’t be bothered with their petty debates. They don’t like what this girl is doing to him but realize that there isn’t much they can do.
Soon things spiral out of control as Komma has Simi wrapped around her little finger.
While I admittedly thought it was a little bizarre that characters be named after punctuation marks, I do love the initiative of originality. Sooner, rather than later, I no longer saw the characters as punctuation marks and started seeing the meaning behind their names and how those names played into their individual personalities. Then, I began to actually see people that they were meant to be all along.
There are a few fantastic things about this story:
- It makes one reassess the inner workings of the teenage mind. You find yourself wondering if you were “that way” as a teen. Would the things that effected Simi, have changed you too? Who is to say for sure?
- The writing style is simple, straight and direct, which makes for a gripping experience.
- I enjoyed the presentation, as it were. It was someone telling the story of someone else. In some ways “Simi’s Komma” reminded me of an Investigative Television show/documentary.
- In the end one is left speculating a few things. This leaves the idea of “There may be a second part.”
- I will never look at iced tea the same way again.
In all truth, “Simi’s Komma” might not be the gory, sick and twisted version of horror that some enjoy—like “SAW” for example—but it’s a Teenage Dark/Horror Drama, so the way the story is told makes complete sense for its classification. Some may not comprehend the “horror” aspect of the story as it isn’t dripping in blood and gore. However, if you were to look at the happenings from the eyes of a teenager from a small town that knew no evil, you’ll quickly begin to see how these things may have been interpreted as horrific.
Imagine, a sanctuary turned asylum. That would be enough to drive any level minded individual mad. This is the horror of “Simi’s Komma”.
With all of that being said, I would recommend “Simi’s Komma” to someone who would like a deeper look into the dark lives that we all lived as kids of High School age.