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The Wrinkly: An idyllic early retirement. Well, that was the plan. Paperback – July 7, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452898936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452898933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,785,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'... a well-written, laugh-out-loud, visually enhanced trip to the sunny side of retirement.'  -  The San Francisco Book Review

All in all, The Wrinkly is a cute story with colorful characters who get into humorous situations. It's a quick read with a message that is content to ride in the back with the top down, making for light-hearted fare and a pleasant read. - The New Podler Review of Books

"4 stars. The Wrinkly was a humorous story, and the writing style was appropriately light and breezy. And yet there was a serious undertone that may resonate with older readers... " - Redadept Reviews.

About the Author

Born in Greater London. Art school in the sixties. The next few decades spent at ad agencies creating TV commercials in London, Milan, New York and San Francisco. Some fishing here, some photography there. Currently finishing his next novel: 'The Scottish Movie'.

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Born in Greater London.
Art school in the seventies.
The next few decades spent at ad agencies creating TV commercials in London, Milan, New York and San Francisco.
Some fishing here, some photography there.
A desk full of self-inflicted projects claiming my attention.
Latest book: The Scottish Movie, a novel featuring Shakespeare, Macbeth, theft, revenge and Hollywood.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I received The Wrinkly, by Paul Collis, as a review copy submitted to "Red Adept Reviews" by the author.

Overall: 4 stars

Plot/Storyline: 4 stars

Mike Lewis was about to turn forty years old. He was a successful ad salesman at a major TV network. He had a hot girlfriend. And he was miserable. In his own words: "I worked in New York and I was tired of the annoying, witless, youth-based culture that surrounded me..." His solution was to move to Goldenville, Florida, an idyllic retirement community. There was just one catch - residents had to be at least sixty years old to live there.

No problem! Mike dyed his hair, stained his teeth, added some wrinkly latex to his face, made his voice raspier, got a phony driver's license that showed he was sixty-two, and leased a house in Goldenville.

And then the fun began. The Wrinkly was a humorous narration of Mike's adventures in impersonating an aging baby boomer and trying to fit in with the other retirees. Some of the incidents were painfully funny. And I learned that if a widowed neighbor with enhanced breasts knocks on your door wanting to use your shower because her water has been shut off... well, the smart move would be to turn her away!

The storyline itself was a bit farfetched, but The Wrinkly was a fun read, and the ending was satisfying, as well as being very cleverly done.

Characters: 4 stars

I think many people today would identify with Mike Lewis. As a Generation X'er, he was caught between the youth of today, with their loudness, tackiness, and ever-present electronic gizmos, and the older baby boomers in their sixties. He was unhappy living in a setting where he was constantly bombarded by noise and crude behavior.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cryptkitty on July 4, 2011
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I must give this book credit for snapping me out of a grey mood on a cold rainy January day. I had just retired from a long career as an office drone and had been looking forward to not working for years. However there was still a bit of an adjustment I had to make to the new life of leisure. Along came this preposterous novelette, of a burned out curmudgeon ( you talkin' to me?) anxious to get on with retirement, fed up with what one has to go through to earn ones daily bread.
In brief, our hero transported me to a different world, with one insane scenario after another, bringing idiocy to a new level. I finished the book in one sitting, with a smile on my face, and coincidentally the rain had stopped, and the sun was bursting through the clouds. Now THAT is a story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grazino on October 23, 2010
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Into a world obsessed with people trying desperately to be younger comes the Wrinkly, a novel that really is `novel' - it's main protagonist is trying everything he can to appear older. This unique premise allows for any number of comedic situations to develop and the author keeps them coming in this his light-hearted romp through a Florida retirement community. Along the way, he takes a swipe at the shallow world of advertising and the meaningless of modern life.
The blurb on the back says the book was adapted from the author's original screenplay and it reads that way, bringing various sub-plots together for a climactic - and hilarious - final scene. To me that's a good thing, for while it's never going to win a Pulitzer prize, the writing is highly visual and I could easily `see' the cast of characters and the locations in my mind's eye. I cast Ben Stiller in the lead role.
If you're a baby boomer, you'll probably identify with and get more laughs out of the Wrinkly than those under 40, as the descriptions of what it's like to get old are both funny and at times, a little too close to the brittle bone! But it's an easy read and a thoroughly enjoyable one and now that I've read the book, I wouldn't mind seeing the movie. Worth the money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on October 14, 2010
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A promising debut novel from Mr. Collis. Entertaining, pacey and amusingly written.
Wouldn't be surprised to see some enterprising producer pick it up and turn it into
a movie. No problem seeing Ben Stiller or even Jim Carey in the title role!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrsTurtle on October 14, 2010
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Fast, funny and well-written. Good story. Defined characters. Could easily be made into a hilarious movie. Recommended with two thumbs up.
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