'I was reminded of Rhodes and Hempel while reading these stories, which are easily their equal, as well as occasional glimpses of Murakami, but I mostly kept thinking back to Sarah Salway. Salway is probably the best short story writer in the UK at the moment and she had better watch out because Perring is (albeit very politely, I am sure) on her tail.'
'...each of the stories packs a little kick of its own. Perring has such an uncanny ability to create believable characters and unusual situations in very few words that I found myself always looking forward to the next story to see if he could pull it off again. He did.'
'Nik Perring is an amazing writer. He plays with words, manipulates them into teeny tiny mouthfuls of deliciousness. He is the Willy Wonka of short short stories. He is a word wizard. He is a manipulator of worlds.'
'...the reader is rarely left in anything other than entertained awe.'
'This is how Nik Perring works. He surprises, but never with cheap surprise. He plays with magic, but affirms truth. He is wise.'
'...these are stories that cling like perfume. These are words brought together which care and craftsmanship, and tales that make you laugh, and think.'
'...each of the 22 stories packing in more character, charm and emotion than many authors manage in much longer works.'
'I needed to take a breath between each one, which is proof of their caliber; the best short stories leave me staring at nothing, paused somewhere between awe and envy. Well, Nik Perring, I am in awe and I am envious. This is little fiction at its mighty best.'
'Like a fine dusting of snow, the impact of Nik's stories is far greater than you might expect.'
'...in a few lines the peculiar talent bursts with emotional complexity, metaphoric quality, and yes, something quite ordinary, typical maybe, but presented in a new light, in fact, extraordinary.'
RobAroundBooks compares Not So Perfect to some of the best in its class (including Etgar Keret!).
'I have, I confess, devoured the quite lovely Nik Perring's Not So Perfect in one decadent, delicious go. If each perfectly formed nugget were a chocolate, I would have licked it, savoured it, breathed it in. Anticipated it and wanted it to last forever.'