- Hardcover: 284 pages
- Publisher: Otherworld Publications LLC (December 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098264941X
- ISBN-13: 978-0982649411
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,091,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I've known of this book for years, been reading it in our Write Club workshop, and was thrilled when it landed with me at Otherworld Publications. Nik is one of my neo-noir brothers, a guy that doesn't mind laying on the mood, the setting, injecting the emotions, slapping you in the face with the harsh Baltimore weather, every grimy cobblestone on top of every chipped brick until you are immersed, a part of it all, trying to keep up, trying to find a way out, holding your breath as you turn the page.
Stay God is a neo-noir thriller, one that isn't afraid to go dark. But it's not one note. He puts your through the wringer, making you laugh, become friends with this cast of miscreants, understand their love, and then shatter it all in the blink of an eye.
Chuck Palahniuk said something like "Teach me something, make laugh, and then break my heart." Nik Korpon does this and more. It is a book I really enjoyed reading, from start to finish.
Damon's world is pretty dark and dirtier than he would like to admit. He and his girlfriend, Mary, seem to have a perfect relationship. Their days may even come across as a little mundane. They own a second hand shop called Stay Gold. People come and go trading their merchandise for CDs packed with drugs. Both Mary and Damon are very precise and neat when it comes to running their business. But when Damon decides that it would benefit them to team up with a different dealer and start selling a new drug, Mary is scared that she may disappear because of a deal she made with her own devil.
Damon has addictions, secrets, and when he decides to take matters into his own hands, Damon finds himself in a whole world of trouble. Trouble that seems to put himself and all those he loves in harm's way.
From the horror movie debates between Damon and his friend Christian, to the description of Damon's paranoia, Nik Korpon keeps you entertained. His writing is smooth and precise. I feel as if his words are applied with a fine paintbrush instead of a keyboard. I insist you give at least one, if not all, of Nik Korpon's books a look. You will not be disappointed.
In Korpon's debut novel, a couple runs the namesake pawn shop of the failing neon sign where you can walk in with a vacuum and leave with a Depeche Mode CD case containing enough bug powder to get you through the weekend. As things usually do whenever dealers become addicts, the economics get convoluted, ambitions evolve, and the spiral of paranoia and desperation inspires bad decisions and torches relationships while past skeletons tumble from their closet. But at the end of the day it's all about a girl and a nemesis, and the triangle between. And the movies and tunes through which their lives have been filtered.
With prose sharper than a broken bottle of Natty Boh, Korpon's street-smarts bleed through every line. Visceral, exhilarating descriptions breathe life into his doomed characters and the city they inhabit -- every snort, thrust, and sucker-punch. I've been following his short stories for years, and for my money, this is some of the best neo-noir out there.
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to see a man about a Duran Duran EP. That one they did for PolyGram records. (Get it? Gram? Eh. . .)
I enjoyed the mystery in STAY GOD, which was thoroughly well crafted by crime fiction standards, as well as the pop culture discussions, which reached my generation's preoccupations with the world we're being sold. My only complaint is one I often have when mysteries are very good throughout, the ending was a little obvious. It was so poetically written though that it didn't lower my enjoyment very much. STAY GOD is intricated enough to keep you lassoed in for the ride.
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