Title: Zeus is Dead
Author: Michael G. Munz
Genre: Contemporary Mythological Fantasy
Audience Release date: 21 July 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
The gods are back. Did you myth them?
You probably saw the press conference. Nine months ago, Zeus’s murder catapulted the Greek gods back into our world. Now they revel in their new temples, casinos, and media empires—well, all except Apollo. A compulsive overachiever with a bursting portfolio of godly duties, the amount of email alone that he receives from rapacious mortals turns each of his days into a living hell.
Yet there may be hope, if only he can return Zeus to life! With the aid of Thalia, the muse of comedy and science fiction, Apollo will risk his very godhood to help sarcastic TV producer Tracy Wallace and a gamer-geek named Leif—two mortals who hold the key to Zeus’s resurrection. (Well, probably. Prophecies are tricky buggers.)
Soon an overflowing inbox will be the least of Apollo’s troubles. Whoever murdered Zeus will certainly kill again to prevent his return, and avoiding them would be far easier if Apollo could possibly figure out who they are.
Even worse, the muse is starting to get cranky.
Discover a world where reality TV heroes slay actual monsters and the gods have their own Twitter feeds: Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure!
Firstly, I am now thankful for the time I have spent learning Greek mythology in school. If not, I would have been lost (or felt like an idiot) while reading “Zeus is Dead”, or would have not considered reading it in the first place. So, thank God for book reports!
Anyway, back to my review.
“Zeus is Dead” is not your ordinary novel. It is not a rehash or a retelling of Homer’s Illiad and the Odyssey, or of the War of the Titans. It is a clever and humorous twist to the myths of the ancient Greeks. It is well-researched and imaginative, and offers its readers a learning experience and pure entertainment at the same time. Props to the author for his clever writing and fluid storytelling; the result was a very absorbing novel.
All the characters are three-dimensional, and it was easy to choose which ones to root for and which ones to abhor. The character dynamics and the development is highly commendable. Among the large cast of characters, I found Tracy to be more believable because she is more likely to rationalize with which I can identify.
To sum it all up, “Zeus is Dead” is a very good read. If you like Greek mythology and are looking for a funny twist to mythological fantasy (or if you are student who seeks divine influence to pass your literature class), this book is totally for you.
An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Washington State in 1977 at the age of three. Unable to escape the state’s gravity, he has spent most of his life there and studied writing at the University of Washington.
Michael developed his creative bug in college, writing and filming four exceedingly amateur films before setting his sights on becoming a novelist. Driving this goal is the desire to tell entertaining stories that give to others the same pleasure as other writers have given to him. He enjoys writing tales that combine the modern world with the futuristic or fantastic.
Michael has traveled to three continents and has an interest in Celtic and Classical mythology. He also possesses what most “normal” people would likely deem far too much familiarity with a wide range of geek culture, though Michael prefers the term geek-bard: a jack of all geek-trades, but master of none—except possibly Farscape and Twin Peaks.
Michael dwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertaining novel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguine.