Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Zeus Is Dead by Michael G. Munz
Zeus Is Dead is an amusing cohesive story with a narrative that parodies familiar literary tropes while simultaneously breaking the fourth wall. I enjoyed the modern adaptation of Greek mythical entities within this book. Though they were satirical representations they were still identifiable and possessed qualities from their mythological origin.
I thought the narrative created a unique and engaging reading experience. It took me a while to get used to the writing style but once adjusted, I found the narrative to be charming. There is a constant stream of embedded jokes that are cleverly reinforced and built upon. The humor is present on multiple levels creating an ironic, self-reflective metafiction.
Though the humor elements are dominant, this book also has a well composed underlying story. I was further impressed by it's ability to instill tension while still remaining transparent. I enjoyed how built up tension was resolved by something silly and unexpected transpiring.
I liked the characters especially their interactions with each other. I adored the odd fantastical creatures that appeared. I also liked that the world building and magic systems were detailed, descriptive, and explained well.
I enjoyed reading Zeus Is Dead and can honestly say I've never read anything like it. It's an amusing story that explores humor on multiple levels while actively involving the reader.