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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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    Original and fun!

    Greek gods interacting with modern-day mortals may not be a completely original premise, but this comedic and affectionately snarky take on it is! If any similar sort of novel exists already, I haven’t read it yet. I enjoyed this clever and funny book. It’s unselfconsciously silly at times, and the narrator tends to go off on rambling tangents, but I think that’s the author’s intent – Munz doesn’t seem to be taking anything too seriously, except the reader’s entertainment. Also, how about some “Zeus Is Dead” merch? I want a little plush replica of a razorwing!

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