Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Zeus Is Dead by Michael G. Munz

★★★★✩
The death of Zeus has removed previous restrictions placed on the Pantheon allowing them access to the mortal realm once again. The Pantheon integrates eagerly into modern society by garnering new worshipers, creating new monsters, and reclaiming their mantles with added celebrity status. Apollo soon receives prophetic visions that test his loyalty and makes him question the loyalty of those around him.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Do you mind my letting your readers know that there's currently a launch celebration bonus offer for the book? (Details at http://michaelgmunz.com/zid-bonus.)

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