Post-Bliss

Ehf Eliya is in a bit of a rut. After a series of unfortunate movies with bad reviews, the actor has dropped their career and started living in solitude. One night, obnoxiously loud neighbors keep Ehf awake, they feel they have no choice but to walk to the convenience store to buy paracetamol for their growing headache. There they meet Marvin who introduces them to homeopathy and helps Ehf relieve their headache. Marvin persuades Ehf to dive into the world of homeopathic remedies. Ehf falls into one hole after another looking to relieve their suffering. Partaking in horrifying acupuncture and clinical trials for a newly tested pharmaceutical drug. Post-Bliss takes readers on a compelling journey of self-discovery and growth. Jay Honeycomb shows the darker side of reckless, impulsive medical decisions.

Honeycomb’s writing is excellent. It is clear and concise, which makes reading this book enjoyable and leaves the reader to immerse themselves in the fascinating plot. The structure of Honeycomb’s story is a bit unorthodox. An overlapping sequence of events that only happens in Ehf’s head, which makes it hard for readers to know what’s real and what’s not. I heartily enjoyed this story, but I would have liked to have had a more definitive ending because the ending we are given is a bit vague, but this could also be intentional.

I can’t tell if the story as a whole was a movie in the making or based on Ehf’s experiences, and this ambiguity leaves things open for interpretation. Honeycomb’s story reads like a role-playing game. I feel that if the book had a visual aspect, there would be a directory at the bottom of the screen instructing the reader on where they must go next to find out what happens to Ehf. This is a very interesting and engaging writing style. It’s like nothing the main character does is by choice or happenstance, like a guiding hand of destiny is pulling Ehf along, like a puppet on strings. As though every event that happens in the book revolves around Ehf instead of happening to them. The use of singular pronouns makes this one of the few stories that tries to be inclusive to a new generation of people, which is wonderful to see.

Post-Bliss must have been a challenge for the author, trying to keep the tone gender-neutral and I think they did an amazing job. I love the writing and the “it’s not what you expected” aspect. This is a fascinating story with sharp writing that elevates this already intriguing book into something that feels fresh and artistic.

Pages: 144 | ASIN: B0B2BPDNKP

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