Last night I finished Joshua Corin's debut novel, Nuclear Winter Wonderland, published by an independent press, Kunati Press.
I'll be honest I picked it off the shelf at the library for the title since I have read Night Voices by Rob Smith and wondered if there was any similarity. (There wasn't) Next, I chose it after reading the cover and realized that it was done by an unfamiliar press (to me, that is). I decided to check it out and also check out the press. (which I did...for those of you who have avant garde or other quirky novels, you might wish to do the same, by the way). Thus, my selection of the book!
Well, having read it, I really loved it...got into it. It is exactly what Kunati's site indicates as their type of book: Provocative. Bold. Controversial. It is not your normal novel. It has twists and turns , it has wacky, off-beat characters that you grow to care about (some examples: the main character, Adam Weiss, Cherry Sundae, a clown), and improbable situations. As odd as the premise is (a brother trying to rescue his twin sister, Anna, while also preventing the detonation of twelve nuclear bombs), it works. At least it did for me. At every juncture, I kept thinking, "What next?" and I had to keep reading. It is quirky, it is improbable, it is odd, and it is a compelling read (and totally different than my last read: To Kill a Mockingbird).
As the Dedication/Acknowledgments page states: Now please buckle up. The tank is full, the roads are narrow, and the driver has a mischievous gleam in his eye. That may summarize it best.
Ah, the advantages of independent presses, to be able to put out good reads!
(By the way, I love the book Night Voices by Rob Smith. It is another good read from an independent press.)
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