This Will All End Well by Nik Korpon from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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reviewed by Elizabeth White

Warmed and BoundOne of the great things about reading is that there are always new authors out there for readers to discover. Of course when you do, often the reaction is, “How could I have not known about X? I must find more!” Nik Korpon is one of those authors for me. I only recently discovered him through his collection Baltimore Stories: Volume One, and most recently enjoyed his short “Mori Obscura” in Speedloader. I was therefore overjoyed when I was assigned Korpon’s “This Will All End Well” as my short for this review project.

Though it clocks in at only 8 pages, “This WIll All End Well” packs quite a punch. The story is not easily summarized, in large part because it constantly keeps the reader off balance and summarizing it would ruin some of the changes of direction that occur

. There are only three characters involved, two men and one woman, but just what their relationships are to one another subtly shifts as events unfold.

The tables don’t just turn, they spin like a lazy susan, forcing readers to continuously reassess their perceptions of victim/victimizer and weak/strong. The question of loyalty – to whom is it owed and at what cost – is also explored.

And, for those who believe in the concept, there’s also a hint of karma coming full circle for one of the characters.

All that makes for a somewhat cryptic review I know, but the story deserves to be read fresh, with no foreknowledge of the actual plot.

Rest assured that ultimately “This WIll All End Well” is a wonderfully complex and satisfying story, one which allows readers to take away different feelings and conclusions depending on the individual perspective from which it is approached. Yet no matter what you take away from it this is noir, so despite the title you just know things don’t really end well.

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9 Responses to This Will All End Well by Nik Korpon from Warmed & Bound – review

  1. Paul D Brazill on October 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

    That sounds beaut! He’s a hell of a writer!

  2. Chris Rhatigan on October 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Great review. The few stories I’ve read of his have all been excellent.

  3. sabrina ogden on October 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Great review!

  4. Nik Korpon on October 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for such a lovely review, Elizabeth.

  5. M C Funk on October 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Isn’t he just a doll? One of the most illustrative talents out there. I have fond memories of reading this to my girl – it’s a dilly of a date story.

    Whenever I find Korpon out there, I like to cast a light on it. His writing’s like an oil slick – shimmering and prismatic on the surface; dark, fluid and hard to scrub off below.

  6. Elizabeth on October 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    “His writing’s like an oil slick – shimmering and prismatic on the surface; dark, fluid and hard to scrub off below.”

    Dam, Funk, that’s a hell of a sentence right there. Blurb worthy.

  7. Elizabeth on October 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    n <== the missing n ;-)

  8. Caleb J. Ross on October 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Nik truly is a unique talent. I highly recommended his novel Stay God. Once that’s been digested go for his novella Old Ghosts and then the dystopian noir novella By the Nails of the Warpriest.

  9. Nik Korpon on October 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Can I frame that quote, Matt?

    Thank you all, kind people. Just glad my story didn’t derail the antho.