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Nuclear Winter Wonderland [Kindle Edition]

Joshua Corin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"[Nuclear Winter Wonderland] is remarkably polished and stylishly written (remarkably, because the author hasn't been doing this for years: this is his first novel). It is richly comic, surreal without being silly--except where it intends to be silly--and playful in its use of language. Christopher Moore writes this way, and so does Robert Rankin, although it would be a serious mistake to assume that Corin is imitating them or anyone else in any way. If you can judge a writer's future output based on his first novel, Corin is one of those writers who, years from now, other newcomers will be imitating." ~ Booklist

"Kudos to Joshua Corin for creating such a clever plot and interesting cast. I couldn't help but laugh out loud with each new page as Adam and his entourage came to life. Well written for those interested in a eccentric and comedic adventure." ~ The Kindle Book Review

Adam Weiss' twin sister, Anna, is kidnapped by Ebbetts, an unpleasant and possibly cancer-ridden man who might have plans that involve a nuclear device. Desperately searching for Anna, Adam acquires a couple of sidekicks: Filbert, a man of small stature who used to do something brutal for the Mob, and Cherry Sundae,  a Croatian female clown who only speaks Spanish. Join them in their nearly impossible adventure!

"Loved this book, loved the characters, hated for it to end. It's delightfully different and struck all the right chords with me. Looking for more from Corin, though can't imagine how he'll top this book." ~ Britt Vasarhelyi 

"I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, as it isn't something I would normally read. But once I started it, I couldn't put it down. The characters are all a bit strange, but I really liked most of them. The storyline was also strange, but very interesting. I just had to know what was coming next." ~ Jennifer L. Traficante

If you enjoy unique and colorful characters that lead you on a comedic and highly entertaining journey to save the world, you'll love Nuclear Winter Wonderland

Joshua Corin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. NUCLEAR WINTER WONDERLAND was his first novel. He currently teaches English and theatre at a college in Atlanta. He currently is the author of the Esme Stuart series, the first two books of which are BEFORE CAIN STRIKES and WHILE GALILEO PREYS.  Follow him on Twitter @joshuacorin.

Editorial Reviews


"This richly comic thriller is surreal without being silly and wonderfully playful in its use of language."  —Booklist, starred review; also chosen for Best Crime Novel Debuts

"Beyond being hilarious and truly unpredictable, Nuclear Winter engulfed me completely—I was having such a great time and [was] so involved in the story, I didn't realize until I finished the book just how attached I'd grown to these characters."  —Kristy Hamer, producer, Sentinel Entertainment

About the Author

Joshua Corin is an instructor of English and theater at Georgia Perimeter College–Newton and the author of several plays and screenplays. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WP4XPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Top 10!!! September 4, 2008
Never have I fallen in love so quickly with a novel as I have with this one. I can safely say that it is in my Top 10. It is by far the wittiest book I have read. Corin has an uncanny ability to blend both reality and comedy into a fast paced thrill ride of a novel that never slows down. As a teacher, this is the kind of work I love to give to my students. Captivating and authentic - one that they talk about before, during, and after class.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Constant Rollercoaster! October 9, 2008
By Bethany
The thing I loved most about this book was that there was never a lull in the action. It was also intelligent. And funny. And suspenseful. Oh my! I fell in love with the characters without realizing it and as soon as I had finished reading I contemplated starting all over again. This book keeps you guessing right up to the last page and has an ending that leaves you wanting so much more, but you're still so satisfied. Corin is definitely an author I want to see more from.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing: "Nuclear Winter Wonderland" by Joshua Corin December 27, 2009
Uncle Dexter, who believed he was the exiled king of Mars, is dead. Mom wants Adam Weiss to come home for the funeral. Adam would rather stay in the fraternity house at the University of Michigan and play his Xbox, but mom wants him to come home to Rhode Island. Adam might have gotten his way if his twin sister, Anna, hadn't suggested picking her up on the way and then playing the dad card.

Guilt is a powerful motivator and Adam can't dodge his sister like he can his mother. The next day finds him driving his green Escort to Oberlin, Michigan where he picks up Anna before getting lunch at a local Denny's. They eat and get back on the interstate for a while until the gastric effects of his meal take over and Adam desperately searches for a rest stop. He finds one and quickly discovers that lower intestine relief can have severe consequences.

Like his car stolen and his sister kidnapped.

Like the fact that the world will end on next Wednesday, Christmas Eve, when this maniac pulls the trigger on 12 nuclear weapons.

At least the bad guy left his own truck behind so Adam does have a vehicle to start chasing the bad guy and his sister.

What follows is a surreal tale that only works depending on the sense of humor level of the reader. Humor is a tricky thing for authors to get right. Chris Grabenstein does it well with the early books of his Ceepak series. Harlan Coben did it with the early books of the Bolitar series. In both cases, the author had the humor come about naturally under real life circumstances with believable characters and their interaction.

The humor here fails that test because the humor is forced and consists of eccentricity and absurdity.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did it have to end? October 6, 2008
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I became attached to the characters and their adventures to the point of not wanting to read the last chapters because I knew it had to end. Corin's story line missed nothing! All age groups will be entertained with the fast moving excitement of this thriller. Josh give us more!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST NOVEL I HAVE EVER READ!! November 4, 2008
By Lauren
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If I had walked by this book at Borders, I never would have thoguht to pick it up. Not because it doesn't sound interesting, because it does, but because I'm more of an Alice Hoffman , Beth Gutcheon, Alice Sebold, Brunonia Barry type of girl. I like stories of love, magic, and disaster. Little did I know...that this story contains all three! I bought the book because I attend the college that the author teaches at and just happened to go to the release party that was held at school. He read the first chapter of Nuclear Winter Wonderland to us and I just knew. I knew I had to read it. And I am so glad that I did! It was completely captivating! I loved the entire thing. It was one disaster after another. I would recommend it to anyone. Get out of your comfort zone and read this book!

P.S. Joshua Corin is AWESOME. He has the best personalitly in the entire world...(this based on having barely spoken to him at all..but hey whatever.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny April 19, 2012
By Domino
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I am a hard sell, but I stayed up way past my bedtime with this one. Cleverly written, funny, high adventure, ridiculous. Can a college boy majoring in X-box games save his sister, or the world? Probably not, unless he has help from a Spanish speaking clown, a thief, a 12 year old computer hacker and a crime boss.
It is apparently the authors first novel, but I just don't know how he is going to top this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A wild ride! October 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Joshua Corin takes his readers on a wild ride in Nuclear Winter Wonderland. Adam, the man character, has more bad luck than possible for one person to experience. With each new predicament, the story becomes less believable. It got to the point where I'd burst out laughing as each implausible situation unfolded. However, for some odd reason, I had to continue reading to see what else could possibly happen to Adam next.
If you want a realistic thriller, Nuclear Winter Wonderland is not for you. If you want a good laugh at someone else's misfortune, this is your cup of tea. Not a believable story, but definitely entertaining. I received a complimentary copy of this in exchange for my review.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Whacky With Delightful Dialogue October 15, 2008
This novel by a new writer is a hoot. I spent the weekend enjoying his story and unique imagination, and the icing on the cake was the wonderful prose. This man can write.

I recommend this novel to readers of all ages and lovers of all genres. It has something for everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdly amazing
Cause when you get a weird clown, a spoiled guy and some weird criminals you got a very unpredictable mix. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ana Pimentel
1.0 out of 5 stars Why I finished this book is a tribute to my belief nothing can be this...
While there may have been a story here The main characters lack of anything resembling cogent thought processes is fully visualized. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frank P. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear Winter Wonderland
A very quirky book, one that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat with wonder as college student, a clown and a adolescent with an attitude and ninja like reflexes try to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
A very entertaining book with a cast of characters who all have their own idiosyncrasies. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Humorous, but with a good story.
Published 8 months ago by linda k
3.0 out of 5 stars Farce
This was pretty well written but it lacked depth. I was a little disappointed. The clown was wonderful but the villain left something to be desired. Read more
Published 9 months ago by simonze
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous thriller keeps you ont the edge of your seat
grabbed me right off the bat and kept me reading - was hard to put down
intrigue, suspense and the self deprecating humor of Adam together with a host of interesting,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shari
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam Weiss needs his own adventure series!
This book is outside my normal genre of reading, which is one of the reasons I chose it. That, and the unique title. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kim Cintron
4.0 out of 5 stars Humor and suspense a great mix!
The story line kept my attention w suspense and humor. Anything that keeps my attention away from household chores or yard work deserves at least a 4 star rating. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars An absurd story that pushes itself past the breaking point
I found the premise of this story very interesting and the author's writing style fit the absurdity of the story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nisk
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I received a complimentary copy of Nuclear Winter Wonderland in exchange for an honest review. If you saw and enjoyed the movie After Hours, I think you will enjoy this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steve in Scottsdale
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Joshua Corin is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. NUCLEAR WINTER WONDERLAND is his first novel. He currently teaches English and theatre at a college in Atlanta.

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