- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: Red Muse Press (July 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997762241
- ISBN-13: 978-0997762242
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 213 customer reviews
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"Zeus Is Dead is full of laugh-out-loud moments, lashings of sly wit,moan-worthy puns, and a complex, fast-paced storyline. There aren't very many humorous fantasy murder mysteries out there, especially not asintricately constructed as this one. Michael G. Munz takes a 'What if,'and runs with it like a toddler with Mom's smart phone. The guffaw-worthy throwawaybits (stay tuned for the battle sundae) will remind you of DouglasAdams. A very enjoyable read."
-Jody Lynn Nye, author of View from the Imperium and co-author of the Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve
"Delivering us from a sea of endlessly morose and self-importantsupernatural fiction, Zeus Is Dead understands that Greek mythology ismore than a little bit insane and--rather than ignore the unseemlyaspects--embraces them with the appropriate level of snark and style.Munz's tale echoes the bureaucratic insanity of Douglas Adams'screations, the banter of Grant and Naylor's Red Dwarf, and the cynicismof Ben Croshaw in order to bring us a clever, hilarious tale ofadventure and grudging heroism."
-Jonathan Charles Bruce, author of Project Northwoods
"A hilarious mythological tale of god-like proportions. Munz has crafted a tale of bizarro comic fantasy that sits comfortably among the ilk ofGaiman and Pratchett."
-Andrew Buckley, author of Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish
"I have not enjoyed a tongue-in-cheek comedy book this much in a long, long time."
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About the Author
An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, MichaelG. Munz is also fascinated with Greek mythology. Michael also possesses whatmost "normal" people would likely deem far too much familiarity witha wide range of geek culture, though he prefers the term geek-bard: a jack ofall geek-trades, but master of none. Or mostly none. There are exceptions. Hedwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertainingnovel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguini. Keep upwith his antics at michaelgmunz.com.
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This witty satire has it all- hilarious banter, highly entertaining characters, and a crash course in mythological references, all used to create an intensive yet impressive goofy storyline. Munz cleverly uses authentic Greek Mythology, and then proceeds to bend, spin and curve it to his will while brilliantly highlighting the bane of human nature to create a murder mystery only worthy of the highly fallible 'gods.'
The story begins with the shocking news that Zeus is dead, which for an immortal is a feat all unto itself. However, Apollo, son of the recently deceased and highly unpopular 'god' decides he must figure out who was the culprit responsible for his father's demise before the murderer -or murderers have a chance to return to the scene of the crime and cause even more heavenly havoc.
The plot quickly thickens as the Greek gods choose sides, scheming to establish the necessary liaisons in a quest to make sure Apollo's efforts remain unsuccessful. The goal to secure Zeus's death- with no possibility of ever being resurrected eventually mounts an all-out war, but not before disclosing some rather ironic twists of fate and unrevealed history probably best left hidden.
But Apollo, son of Zeus isn't the only one who decides to bring dad back to his royal thundering throne in the sky. With a bit of prodding, emotional blackmail, and other godly incentives thrown it to entice, Apollo searches out two mortals to aid him in his bidding, along with Thalia, a muse who adores a good giggle, as well as an aMUSING comedy even in the face of imminent danger. She is also the muse of well-made science fiction, and of course, epic poems about farming. [See what I did? amusing = a-Musing - as in 'Muse' . . . anyway . . .]
But I digress. You see -King Zeus was a bit of a rolling stone in his heyday. Wherever he laid his crown was his home- hence, he sired a wide berth of children in and outside of his marriage, including but not exclusive to his exceptionally beautiful and smart mortal daughter and TV producer, Tracy Wallace. Tracy becomes a pivotal character in this new legend as she helps Apollo seeks revenge for the death of their super dad. Other selected mortals are also used as pawns -all in the quest to uncover the truth, and eventually bring Zeus back into power.
Meanwhile, up in the sky, power plays abound. Guilty conniving god-siblings instigate and basically run a mock; while muses take detailed notes and observations to make sure a new tall tale entertainingly is woven into the storyline.
This book was fun, but I must admit, I found myself needing to brush up on my mythological characters. I think the last time I read about them was back in grade school, and even then, I paid little to no attention. However, the author was kind and supplies more than enough clues and a glossary to keep even the most uninformed reader, like me comfortably in the know.
Zeus Is Dead was well worth the read, especially if you are the kind of person who enjoys sharp witticisms, dry, sarcastic humor, highly entertaining snarky comebacks, and social commentary cloaked in a mythological quest. Munz does not disappoint, and although the story was long, the pace was excellent and trouble-free. I enjoyed many laugh-out-loud moments and would readily recommend this book.
Let's start with the comedy. This is not your modern, tasteless humor that will seem dated in 10 or 20 years when the trend dies. This comedy goes back to the timeless masters. The setup is masterfully done with verbal misdirection, odd and surprising combinations, and goofy situations. Even puns. But have no fear if you're the type to groan at a pun. They are used in conjunction with other techniques, so once you're laughing for another reason, the pun slides right in for effect.
On to the mythology. From reading the other reviews, I was a little afraid that I needed to be an expert on mythology. Don't be afraid! The characters are introduced in layers with excellent pacing. You will get a small group. All you need to know about them will be explained in the book. Then you have time to get comfortable with them. Only then are new characters introduced. It works wonderfully. Plus, there is guide in the back if you need it. You won't need it.
You probably should be somewhat familiar with common tropes from these genres (as most people who read books will be), because a lot of the humor comes from the characters (and narrator) being fully aware of the tropes and cliches they fulfill. The self-awareness of the book is crucial to it working properly. Otherwise it might come across as a blind mash-up. Munz shows us he knows what he's doing by carefully keeping the tradition in some parts and radically departing at others. Weaving all these threads together could have been a catastrophe in less deft hands, but it seamlessly stays together and seems natural here.
Most importantly, the book will immediately draw you in with a fun, original premise and keep you in the whole way through. If you're looking for a sophisticated comedy with an adventure, then this book will not disappoint you. If you're looking for something light and goofy, then it also won't disappoint you.
There is much humor in Zeus, many satirical pop culture references and author asides addressed directly to the reader, and for the most part it all works quite well, but there are some instances when the asides and pop references fall flat or a turn of phrase is clumsy. Overall the novel works, Munz is a talented writer and it's a fun read. Recommended for those seeking a lighthearted, humorous read.