Greetings! No Labels here. Today, I’m doing a double feature of sorts. I will be covering two short stories by Da’Kharta Rising: Vocal Remedy and Simi’s Komma.
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Blurb: Vaser is not surprised when Mr. Choice selects him. He does have a great voice and only the best should compete to win the cash prize for the music program. Everything falls into place as Vaser prepares to deliver a vocal remedy to compose his own award winning tune.
This is a very hard work to fully classify. On one hand, it is a psychological game of cat and mouse. The underlying history between Vaser and Mr. Choice makes for good banter that keeps the pages turning. The twist at the end tickles the foot of horror. Overall, one can call it dark drama.
In an environment where there’s a call to spell everything out, the element I appreciated about Vocal Remedy was that it was a bit old school. Nothing was completely spelled out.
One example was the relationship between Vaser and Mr. Choice. I could tell something had happened there but it wasn’t spelled out. I was given enough information to tell (a) it wasn’t right and (b) Vaser attempted to go through the proper channels but the proper channels did not help him. Another example was the connection between Vaser and Jenks. Vaser is calling in a favor but not much is given in regards to the cash in besides the delivery of information.
I was free to use my imagination to try to connect the dots and just wonder whether my conclusion is correct or not.
Cover: I didn’t quite understand the cover concept at first until the very end. Once it was introduced, then it made perfect sense. I also loved the font of the cover. It added to the hint of dark drama to the work.
Characters: Each character served a purpose. Vaser stayed determined and in emotional makeup throughout.
Conflict: It leaves a lingering effect. There were enough context clues to come up with scenarios regarding the conflict. I battled with whether the final composition was suited yet at the same time, I understood as to why someone would resort to that for vindication.
Unleashed Verdict: 9.5 out of 10
Blurb: 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.
In Simi’s Komma, the author caters more towards a young adult audience. Yet even thought the characters and mannerisms are different, there is a dark cloud that is symbolizing a trademark for this up and coming writer.
I appreciate that Ms. Rising likes using interesting names for the characters. My two favorite characters in the work are Point and Simi. Point is outspoken, determined, and is quick to respond to situations. Simi is reserved but his quiet way makes people gravitate towards him. Being a leader of sorts seems a natural part in his make up.
For me, Hiphen knack for observation gets in the way when it is time for him to act. I would have liked to have known more about Rod, outside of his “roll with the punches” attitude.
Setting wise, the author took her time in setting the stage for the story. Aspects of the small town of Papyrus reminded me of the characteristics of my own small town: one main road, going by landmarks as opposed to street names, and not being one hundred percent open to new people (at first). No one notices a small town, until tragedy strikes.
The actions of the characters stayed in alignment associated with young adult behavior. There were moments when one can ponder why action wasn’t taken on certain things sooner. But that is where the adult way of thinking can deviate from the youth/teen way of approaching things.
I ran the full gambit of emotions–from being perturbed to being shocked at the ending, yet this is a glimpse into the life of typical high school behavior in some settings.
A part of me wouldn’t mind a follow up to what occurs with the crew, yet this is the type of story that could stand alone and just have you wondering “what if” and “why did it have to be this way.”
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