The Color of Ash

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Beth has the Midas touch, only instead of gold, everything she touches turns to ruin. Stone crumbles between her fingers. Buildings collapse as she brushes past. The earth burns away beneath her feet. And the people she loves… what happens to them is worse than anything they could imagine.

Before, she was just another face in the crowd.

Now she is the destroyer of worlds. More

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Published: May 19, 2012
Words: 8,720
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476401003
About Kameko Murakami

Kameko Murakami is an author and oddball who lives, works and breathes in a somewhat-haunted Victorian in San Francisco that she shares with a dog which appears out of thin air (but only when it wants to shower in her bathroom), a sometimes roommate who is fond of breaking and entering, and far too many dusty books to even bother with counting.

She is the author of numerous author's bios for Smashword's Kameko Murakami Page, most of which ended up reading like postings on an internet dating website.

Kameko Murakami also likes walks along the beach, making breakfast in bed and loving the same kind of obscure bands that you do.

She used to date a Serbian with a handlebar mustache. She doesn't have the Serbian anymore, but she does still have his motorcycle, so there is that.

When not tirelessly working on making the world a better place through the power of naps and general laziness, she sits at her antique desk, alone with her thoughts, writing by the light of a single candle, producing stories to entertain and delight, if you're into that kind of thing.

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Reviews

Review by: Anthony Chavez on Aug. 06, 2012 : star star star
Very interesting little short story by Kameko Murakami. I loved the premise and driving force of "The Color of Ash," it has a lot of potential for a comic book or a character in a much bigger novella or novel.

The first paragraph alone had me hooked. I can't imagine buying apples at a market, getting home and out of my work clothes and then going to eat one of the apples only to find it shrunken and old, as if it has sat there for weeks. I liked Beth's, the main character's, attempts at finding out exactly what sort of power she wields. Testing her hands on herself, her clothes she is wearing versus clothes that she isn't wearing, touching water, her cellphone, a pen, coffee table, etc. Quite the scientific experiment there and one I could see totally happening if a SUDDEN superpower came upon someone.

Why doesn't her own hands destroy her clothes she is wearing or her own skin and body? "Because a snake is immune to its own poison." - great line.

It has all the workings and a touch of Stephen King in "The Color of Ash," and a nice little interesting mini-twist at the end. I look forward to reading more from Kameko in the future.

3.5 stars.
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Review by: Allison M. Dickson on May 24, 2012 : star star star star
This story reads like one of my worst nightmares. A girl whose very touch brings about true destruction. Like Rogue from the X-Men, but about a hundred times worse. Buildings collapse, oceans dissolve, friends disintegrate into bloody masses and then finally evaporate into dust.

The story seems well primed to become a series or even a full-length novel. Murakami is a talented writer, and I look forward to seeing what else she has up her sleeve.
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Review by: Sherri Cornelius on May 24, 2012 : star star star star star
I came over here to check out Kameko after she reviewed my story, and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by what I found. The imagery in "The Color of Ash" is by turns heart-wrenching and downright cool. I've been turning this story over in my mind since reading it, and I have a feeling it'll stick with me for a long time.

I'll be keeping an eye out for more by Kameko Murakami. She's a true talent.
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Review by: Bianca Noire on May 20, 2012 : star star star star star
The world will be a better place if Ms. Murakami continues to publish her short stories at this rate.

Her sophomore effort doesn't disappoint. Beth's transformation from ordinary young woman to destroyer of worlds is anchored to the world around her in a frighteningly realistic way. As her experiences escalates, her inner turmoil grows, leading the reader down a path of horrible what-ifs.

There's a wonderful taste of vintage Stephen King about The Color of Ash, and the surprise in the last moments left me wondering how Beth will fare. What more can one ask from a short story?
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