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  • Please remain silent during the vision.

    These days, it often seems as if comedy is a grossly misunderstood genre. The clever wordplay of Abbot & Costello, the slick yet frantic visual jokes of Monty Python, and the absurd humor of Benny Hill have been replaced with over the top send ups of popular ideas, and basement budget attempts at quick one off fart jokes. Michael Munz fixes all of that with one of the funniest things I've ever read. When the Greek God Zeus is murdered, his edict of non-interaction with mortals goes up in smoke, allowing the Gods to return, hold a press conference, and start making the world a more interesting, or at least, less sane, place to live. Everything familiar about the world is turned on its ear as the Gods scramble to be worshiped again, with varying degrees of success. Cuddly balls of adorable horrifying death, monster hunting reality shows, secret ninja orders, rambling Muses, random abstract concepts, and more both aid and harry the last group of people you would ever want for heroes as they try to find out who killed Zeus, and save the world from imminent destruction at the hands of idiots. Ridiculous, hysterical, and strange, Zeus Is Dead is a wonderful read, both well written and imaginative. Hands down, one of the best books I've picked up in a long time.

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  • Greek gods, humor, and everything I loved

    Wow! I love Greek Mythology, humor and excitement, this book had it all. You'll hold your sides laughing with the witty humor and you'll cheer on characters in the book. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. Greek gods meet mortals and interact in the BEST way!! I found this book well written, amazing cast of characters and the gods themselves were, all I could want. There was no, "oh I think this might happen" guessing in my part. I was delightfully surprised and entertained through each chapter! I recommend this book to basically everyone, no matter what genre you prefer! It hits the mark on ALL reading pleasure counts.

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  • No, seriously. Razorwings!

    Where have the gods been? Well, Zeus told 'em not to mess with stuff. What happens when he gets murdered? Chaos. Someone probably should have knocked him off sooner, because the result is highly entertaining. Honestly, the Adams/Pratchett style of humor is not always my thing (I know, heresy!) but when it's on, it's really on, and Zeus is Dead makes a fine example. At their core, the Greek gods are... petty, venial, and just sort of fundamentally silly to the modern eye. Munz recognizes and makes the fullest use of this. How can you have heroes without monsters for them to slay? So, make some monsters! But we need memorable monsters. Everybody loves kittens! So, vicious kittens that fly and slice stuff up! Thus, razorwings. Though they are but a small part of the story, you cannot let yourself not read a book that includes razorwings. There will also be ninja. If you want to know just how it comes to be that resurgent Greek gods equal a ninja renaissance, well... you will be entertained.

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  • Lots of fun

    The author likes breaking whatever the equivalent of the fourth wall is for authors! Anyone who likes Terry Pratchett should enjoy this.

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  • Humerous, but true to the Gods.

    "Zeus is Dead" is an enjoyable read, and an irreverent fun look at how the Greek gods might handle the modern world. The humor is enjoyable and the characters are well-developed. The book avoids many well-established clichés (or calls shameless attention to them in a light-hearted manner). Interestingly, despite the humor, Munz has done an excellent job (in my opinion) of actually capturing the true nature of the Greek gods. Capricious, vain, self-absorbed, this all comes through, but without sacrificing the tone of the book. One word of caution: Munz does like to break the fourth wall on occasion.... Actually, let me rephrase that. His smashing of the fourth wall makes it look like Germany took it easy on Brazil in the last World Cup. While this added to the humor in many places, at times it was a little distracting (mostly because of the frequency), and is the only reason this isn't a five star review. So if you're a reader who doesn't like being reminded that you are reading a book, this may not be the best fit for you. But if you like an enjoyable light read that makes you chuckle, this is well worth the time and money. Give it a try.

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