Outlandish and emotional, this humorous novel centers on Sheldon Funk, a struggling actor who dies in a bus restroom only to awaken during his autopsy and attack the coroner. Fleeing into th...more
Well, I broke my vow with Husk and have to say -- I did not puke while reading this book. I did however find it impressive and hard to put down. I generally find satires start with an original approach and then become less interesting. Husk (I thought) hit that plateau with the Tim Burton movie an...more
When I started reading Husk, the newest novel by Corey Redekop, I immediately started thinking about Chuck Palahniuk. Still, I’m quite new to Palahniuk’s work, so the first novel that came to mind wasn’t Haunted (a novel I loved), but instead Pygmy, a novel which I despised. This isn’t to say that I despised Redekop’s novel – not in the least – but the fact that the whole time I was reading I kept thinking that it was a good t...more
Husk is amusing in places, though it loses some steam in the middle where Sheldon, the gay Mennonite actor turned zombie, is going through his celebrity phase, having come out to his agent and then the world. Nothing in the novel rises to profundity and the language isn't particularly creative, but the story will carry you along on a someti...more
L'idée est excellente : proposer un protagoniste zombie qui choisi la voie de l'humanité, qu'on manipule de tout bord tout côté, et dont notre culture contemporaine se fait l'écho de sa vie déclinante. Les personnages, quoique bien es...more
The furor was immediate. I was a fraud. I was the liberal media's middle finger to an increasingly gullible middle-America audience craving the next fleeting distraction from a withering recession. Where was the proof? Where was the death certificate? In a world dependent upon sound bites and ambush journalism to make any sort of impact on citizenry, a...more
I longed for a bit more existentialism from the character. There is such great potential in the zombie as metaphor juxtaposed on our freak show celebrity culture, which was set up nicely, but then the reader is somew...more
I really like Sheldon's character and especially the relationship with his cat. I'm finding that lately I'm really drawn to the character relationships that others might gloss over but Sheldon and Sofa are perfect together.
Potentially one of my favouri...more
Writing a zombie novel must be difficult enough these days, but writing one from the zombie's point-of-view and keeping it from falling apart at the seams must be doubly difficult. I've read a couple that did the zombie tale that way well, and a couple not so well...more
Pros- Canadian zombie novel, set in Toronto, and the main character is an actor. :)
I thought the story was good, but the book had way too much intestines, gore and entrails for me. Yes, it's a zombie novel. I guess I'm really more of a vampire person. :)
I must admit I was concerned within the first 50 pages of this beautiful novel that I would not see the hilarity that has become your trademark. But you did not disappoint.
The audition alone was worth it's weight in literary gold.
But there were some touching moments littered throughout. Moments that made me want to pull out Sheldon's heart to confirm that it had...more
It took me a while to get into the book because the beginning was quite gory (as are later parts), but once I got used to that it was really enjoyable. It was also really well written. Even though he's a zombie you couldn't help but cheer for Sheldon.
This Canuck's writing style got me, his description of being dead but putting himself in order to face the world was chilling. I struggled to finish but glad I did.