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From the Author

Everything in this book is true. I wrote it down exactly as I remembered it happening. On an unrelated note, I have a tendency to exaggerate.

And lie.

And make up stories about superheroes.

About the Author

Brian Clevinger lives in Orlando with his special lady friend and their two cats. Nuklear Age is his first novel. His mom and dad really enjoyed it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 662 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (December 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595325114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595325115
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Clevinger is monetizing his interest in history by reading about it, calling that "research," and then turning it into storylines for comic books about a robot.

So far, so good.

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135 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Doc Doom on February 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Brian Clevinger's "Nuklear Age" seems to have a few, divided camps squabbling about how his long-awaited book is. Some blindly praise it so much that you can almost hear them speaking `leet' in their daily lives, some are disillusioned that it is not 8-bit Theatre without the pixels, and some are just bitter.

As with nearly anything so reviewed on Amazon, the truth lies somewhere in between. "Nuklear Age" has a lot of problems. Most of them are minor, but a few are major. The minor ones can be more than likely written off as a difference of taste. The major ones ... well, that's where it turns into a debate.

The first major problem is with the beginning. In the introduction, Brian tells the reader that the book is not to be read like a normal book, that it is intended to be read as one or two chapters per day. Fair enough, but I don't like to be told how to read my books. However, I gave it a go and, quite frankly, it doesn't help the book. The first, say fifteen chapters, amble along. In retrospect, upon rereading they might not seem as difficult to get through, but for a first time reader, it was a chore. Some jokes felt horribly forced ("A letter that could be a clue from my mysterious past?!"), the characters started off as paper cutouts (which, as expected, they eventually evolved beyond. For the most part). It's hard to get into and there are only a few chuckles during the tedious first battle with Dr. Menace and the subsequent victory meal. But once the Crushtacean appeared (about Chapter 20, I think. I wish I could be more accurate, but I've leant the book to a friend) the book felt to have found its niche.

Some other minor problems: editing, as has been mentioned in I think all but 2 of the current reviews, is nonexistent.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By eliza on October 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
So, maybe I'm crazy, but I didn't find the book to be all that similar to 8-Bit theatre. Sorry. For one thing, it's not just funny. I mean, it's funny, but it's not only that...it has a whole heck of a lot more to offer than one-liners and gags. If you're reading it just for humor, fine; there's plenty. If you don't want anything other than humor, or if you want a narrative version of 8-Bit, this ain't it. In case you didn't notice all the stars, I was really impressed by this book...I stayed up most of last night finishing it, and there are relatively few books that hold my interest that overwhelmingly these days. Most of them I put down around 2 or 3 am. Nuklear age, I put down when I had turned the last page over and was debating whether to burst into tears or hail Brian as the next Douglas Adams. (See, it's not just funny. Those weren't tears of laughter...never mind. Read the book.) I'm not sure if I got out of it what Brian intended, but I think that's ok...a good book should mean different things to different people. Anyway, I'm not doing this very well..sleep deprivation kinda cuts into my ability to turn thoughts into words. It was entertaining, if that's what you want. It was maybe a little earthshaking. It was very, very, very worth the thirty-odd bucks...quite a bit more, actually. I'll read it again; I'll reccommend it to my friends. Did I like it...I'm not really sure. I don't really think it matters. It's good. Buy it. Form your own opinion.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Aurelio on November 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Working 12 to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week, it takes something phenomenal to get me to sit down and read anything during my precious time off. I found myself getting to my house at around 5 am in the morning... and reading Nuklear Age until about 7 am. Then sleeping the blessed sleep that I get so little of... and waking up at 11 am...ish, reading another hour or so, followed briskly by another 12-16 hour work day.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

So, it did take me a bit of time to get through the book, but it was well worth it. I found myself laughing during every episode/chapter. I especially found my sides hurting when I read the line that Dr. Nukie says right before he opens his birthday present. I won't type it hear because:
a) might be inappropriate :P
b) you should read the book yourself!

Toward the end of the novel, I found myself slightly reminded of the old classic Watchmen... you never see the ending coming until BAM! it hits you.

The only major issue I have with the novel was the poor spelling. I usually am not very picky when it comes to spelling... but the mispelling and the poor grammar were a constant thoughout the monsterous length novel.

Other than that... like the title of the review says, Wow.

Christopher J. Aurelio
(8-bit fanatic)

P.S. Angus was my favorite character, followed by Nuklear Man pre-last hundred or so pages.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dragon Lord on November 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
let me just say: wow. This book is awesome, awe-inspiring, and some just plain "ahhh." The same humor evident in his 8BT webcomic manifests itself in this book, only more so. The number of refrences to "geeky" pursuits is high, and unlike many books they are cleverly placed within the story. It has me laughing as much (or more) than the entire Hitch Hikers' Guide series. It's not what I expected, it's better. My only regret is that I couldn't get a giant hardcover copy of this book.
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