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Raising Stony Mayhall Paperback – June 28, 2011
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What Gregory has written is an odd kind of heroic family romance, in which the occasional limb may fall off, but the love is convincingly real. --Gary K. Wolfe, Locus Magazine
Not since Lucius Shepard's classic Green Eyes has the concept of the zombie been treated with such eloquence and panache.
--James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder
Like his award-winning previous novels, Pandemonium and The Devil's Alphabet, Raising Stony Mayhall is a simply written yet complex novel that is sure to linger in the thoughts of its readers long after the book is finished.... --Horror World
Library Journal Top 10 Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011: "A luminous tale of a love that defies standard limits."
“Raising Stony Mayhall, like all of Daryl Gregory’s stories and novels I’ve read, is so good that I grieved when I got to the last page, because I wanted it to just go on and on.”—Chris Roberson, New York Times bestselling author of iZombie
“A brilliant contribution to the literature of the fantastic. Heartfelt, fascinating, suspenseful, and terrifying, this book involves the reader as only the very best stories can: by entering our dreams—and nightmares.”—Jack Skillingstead, author of Harbinger
Praise for Daryl Gregory
“Compelling and creepy . . . evokes the best of Stephen King.”—Kirkus Reviews, on The Devil’s Alphabet
“A wickedly clever entertainment.”—San Francisco Chronicle, on Pandemonium
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
When people are first infected and turned, they go through a few days of fever and delirium while they lust for human flesh, so they stagger around and make weird sounds. After the fever breaks, they regain their minds, although sometimes with amnesia or personality alterations. At this point they no longer have homicidal impulses if they don't want to. So Stony, who studied his sister's medical texts and ran experiments to see why his body didn't break down, joins the L.D. (Living Dead) underground and meets all types of dead people while he is drawn slowly into L.D. politics.
Chris Roberson said, 'so good that I grieved when I got to the last page, because I wanted it to just go on and on.' It really is. Gregory's writing gets better with each book, and the plot never slows down or becomes predictable (except in that zombie trope way the fans all love).
Stony Mayhall is no exception. So you're the undead? It doesn't stop you from being annoyed by your sisters, wanting to be allowed off the farm, conducting scientific research, or writing fan fiction.
I don't want to spoil this book for you, so all I'm going to say is - it's kind of epic. You should pick it up.
RAISING STONY MAYHALL is all of these things.
I am an author, and Daryl Gregory's books are so good, so resounding, so frickin' complete, they make me question what the hell I'm doing publishing. That I need to go back to the woodshed and hone my craft.
Like PANDEMONIUM before it, STONY is the best book I've read all year.
It's that simple.
Raising Stony Mayhall is by far the best book I read in 2011, and the more I reflect on it, I think it is slowly eeking it's way into my top ten novels of all time, if not top five. Yes, there are zombies involved, but at its heart "Stony" is a story of life. It covers everything from coming of age to religion to politics to family without being over-bearing or preachy on a single one. It's a sprawling story of one person's life, told in a voice so fresh and so alive, so utterly HUMAN, that you will forget it is a book about the dead.
Simply put, if you do not find yourself staying up late into the night unable to stop turning pages, laughing, and crying, you may be as heartless as the living in Raising Stony Mayhall (stupidly) assume zombies to be. Long live Stony!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the humanity throughout the tale. Imagination abounding with love. Blood and guts if you like that. Just a unique story with undead living characters!Published 1 month ago by Ruddy Duck
Kept me interested enough to finish the book, but not a page turner. Being one of the differently alive, or undead or whatever the term de jour is just another oppressed minority... Read morePublished 2 months ago by KK
I loved this book. Stony Mahal, born a zombie, actual grows into adulthood thanks to a human friend, Kwang. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is not a typical zombie story. There were a couple of inconsistencies, but overall the writing and story were good. I would read more of this author.Published 3 months ago by Brenda4Lace
This was very enjoyable. I'm not a huge "zombie" reader although I have read some good ones. I love the different twist taken with this novel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B Coponen
I loved this book! I have been a zombie nut since I was a kid, way before they were "in". But I have never read anything like this! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elaine Musgrave
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very imaginative. A little mystical, requiring some suspension of belief, but kept my interest. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marta D. Bare
Fun read. Great alternate take on the Zombie genre that has gotten so long in the tooth.Published 6 months ago by Jon V. Rohrer