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"No one watching such things in Canada doubts his voice or his vision: Corey Redekop has emerged as one of the writers to pay attention to over the coming few years." - January Magazine

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
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 26th 2012 by ECW Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chris
Brilliant concept with a wild plot and plenty of laughs. The funniest part, for me, was Sheldon trying to limit the deathly fear he imposes on people when he talks. This had me cracking up in the scene when he auditions and one more casting assistant nearly cracks under the anxiety.

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
Chadwick Ginther
The perfect mix of gross and hilarity. Husk truly is the "Great Canadian Gay Mennonite Zombie" novel.
Morgan
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B. Glen Rotchin
Zombies are hip. They're in now, the way vampires were in 15 minutes ago. What is it about the undead that appeals to us? Gamers know how prominently zombies figure in today's culture. As the last time I played a video game it was on an Atari console, I was utterly oblivious. It was serendipitous that the charms of a video game called Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 were revealed to me by a work colleague's 14 year old son who is an aficionado. In BO2 the player finds him/herself in a post-apocalyptic...more
Charlene
Sheldon Funk is just like everyone else. Okay. Maybe not quite. I'm sure many people have a parent who is struggling with dementia, to the point where they are wasting away in a nursing institution of some kind. I'm also fairly sure that in each city, across the globe, there is an abundance of struggling actors, eagerly accepting any and every audition, in their search for stardom. These actors, like Sheldon, are probably finding many of those auditions to be lacking promise, or just outright di...more
Lee Thompson
Well, it isn't for everyone, but that should be obvious from the synopsis. This isn't the Bridges of Madison County. But if you can handle a little (a lot) gore, enjoy dark satire, zom-b-movies, groaners of jokes, saying "I can't believe the author just wrote that," and don't get too attached to characters (cats excluded) or particular bodyparts, then you may find yourself turning pages rapidly. Husk is more plot- than thought-driven, which disappointed me at first, but once that was let go I ha...more
Corissa
I didn't know the zombie genre could be turned inside out or that I could care about a zombie - but Corey Redekop has made both things happen in Husk. Don't wait, read this book now!
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review!

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
Steven Buechler
Beyond the whole zombie thing, this novel does a great job of looking at our culture with a critical eye. It was well worth the read.

page 150-151:

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
Pierre Gabriel Dumoulin
Un texte satirique qui porte sur les us et coutumes de la société occidentale. Cliché par moment, rehaussé d'un certain humour noir, Mister Funk n'en demeure pas moins un texte riche. Dommage, toutefois, que le propos ne semble pas davantage s'ancrer dans l'esprit.

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
George Ilsley
Some time ago I vowed never to waste my time reading anything about zombies, vampires (sparkly or otherwise), and especially to avoid anything to do with Jane Austen and/or Abraham Lincoln and vampires.

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
Carrie
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Husk, for the most part. It was my first zombie book. That being said, here is what I liked about this novel: I loved the concept of a zombie book narrated by the zombie, as it happens, and all of the confusion that accompanies the transformation. The narrator/newly deceased/zombie had an honest and straight forward voice that gives you just enough to have a love/dislike feel for the guy. It was also an engrossing read, albeit very gruesome at tim...more
Ian
In the genre of speculative fiction, the best authors posit an alternative universe and make it convincing by populating it with believable characters whose struggles mimic or mirror our own. This alternative universe can be familiar, whimsical, or outlandish, or simply a place where strange and far-fetched things happen. This doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that the author’s confident treatment of the material dispels any doubts and draws the reader in. The author knows the events he...more
Derek Newman-Stille
Corey Redekop’s Husk is a visceral, body novel with philosophical ponderings on existence. Redekop’s protagonist is a queer-oriented zombie actor, trapped in consciousness as his body deteriorates around him. The reader is put into the position of experiencing death and resurrection into a desiccated body and Redekop captures the feel of that experience – the emotional, physical, and psychological upheaval that would accompany the shift into a new form of bodily existence. His zombie protagonist...more
Corinne Wasilewski
It's taken me four months to get through this book. It just isn't my kind of book. Kudos to Redekop for getting the anatomy right, although, it was all those details that slowed down the read. I do think the story would make an amazing movie! All those pages of detail devoted to human anatomy, physiology, fortification of rotting body parts, and zombie diet reduced to sheer action and images would get the message across without bogging it down. And may I suggest Ben Stiller for the role of Sheld...more
Kristen
I really enjoyed Husk! I'm a huge zombie fan and it was nice to read about a more human zombie that wasn't entirely love related like Warm Bodies. The fact that this author is Canadian is great as I do like to support authors from my own country!

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
Jeff Bursey
I started this book in a bus terminal on 2 January, not knowing that's where the narrator becomes infected with whatever causes him to be a zombie. Odd, that.

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
Carra
This has got to be one of the most bisarre books I have ever read (and I have read a few), and definitely not the one for the faint hearted. It is a book that manages to be both gross and hilarious, and I did enjoy it. The end was a bit disappointing, though, as it was too cliche and not in line with the satirical style of the first part of the book. Still, can't wait to see what Redekop will come up with next!
Alexis
Mar 10, 2013 Alexis rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Humourous take on the zombie genre. This is a story about a thinking man's zombie. Some people will like the development and riff on the zombie genre, while others might not.

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. :)
Mark Victor Young
Fun with zombies! Poor Sheldon wakes up in the middle of his own autopsy, undead, deranged and above all, peckish. Loved this take on the afterdeath. He has fun with it, but keeps a certain amount of seriousness and literariness about him all the while. This story went in all kinds of unexpected directions as the author poked and prodded at the boundaries of the genre and had some fun with this character. Highly recommend.
Melinda Elizabeth
This was kind of hilarious, but it became a little too crazy near the end for me.
Jennie
You spring out of a morgue, attack the attendant and realize you just left your own autopsy. You're dead, a zombie, so go back to work. Then you get hungry for blood. "Husk" begins.

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.
Matty
A gay zombie novel written by a local author? Heck yeah!

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.
Grant
It would be a shame to lump Husk in with "zombie books" - it's much more than the traditional genre fare. Husk is a mish-mash of zombie tropes, pop culture skewering, and a big idea here and there that combine to make a thoroughly fun (albeit occasionally gag-inducing) read.

Susan
This is not my usual type of read. It was an interesting change though. At times I was ready to give up on it but then an unexpected plot twist occurred and kept me reading. I found the ending of the book, the very last chapter, hilarious.
Jr
The gruesome details had me skimming from time to time. (When you're as pale as I am, you cannot afford to read certain things that drain the blood from the face while in public.) Nice twist on the standard zombie apocalypse.
Monica
amaaaaaaaaazing ending, what a crazy, holy crap kind of read. Definitely reccomend this, its kind of graphic and gross, tho, so don't read while eating, or if you've got a sensitive stomach.
Sandra Hodgson
It's a 4 because zombies just aren't my thing. If you love a good zombie romp this is the book for you.
Andrew
Great zombie novel about zombie who can think
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Corey Redekop has been many things: actor, waiter, disc jockey, cameraman, editor, lawyer (almost), and now the fabled trifecta of publicist/librarian/author. His debut novel, Shelf Monkey, awarded the Gold Medal for Popular Fiction at the 2008 Independent Book Publisher Awards and proclaimed one of the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade by CBC and Canada Reads, is either a work of ins...more
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