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Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure (Zeus Is Dead, #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,230 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Bronze Medalist: 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards
Finalist: 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards


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 o
Kindle Edition, 447 pages
Published July 21st 2014 by Red Muse Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

So, you think you know about Greek mythology? When you hear the name Homer you don't automatically think of a beer-guzzling, yellow, fat little man (Unless the 18th century writer was a beer-guzzling, yellow, fat little man...I have no way of knowing). What I mean is, you've read The Ilead and The Odyssey. You know the difference between Neptune and Poseidon, so you obviously know more than most.
Well, mere mortal, you know nothing. Nothing, I t
Montzalee Wittmann
Zeus Is Dead
A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure
By: Michael G. Munz
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
This is an Audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
What a hoot! My cheeks are sore from smiling for hours! This was such a clever, snarky but not annoying, funny look at what life would be like if the Greek gods lived with us today. It is well thought out and so unique! It is so crazy, you don't know what will happen next.
I am convinced that the author is the brain spawn of Mel Brooks and
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If there is an award for being the most well-researched smart-ass, I think Michael G. Munz would take the prize. And I mean that with the most adoring and praise-inducing admiration I can manage. While I'll try not to polish the author's ego too much, this book quickly rose through my level of favorites with it's wit, geekiness, and careless disregard of the ever prevalent fourth walls; Zeus is Dead is clever, yet e
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
This book is unlike anything I have ever read before in my life. In this story the Greek Gods are alive and well, except for Zeus, he’s dead (see title). With the King of the Gods out of the way, the remaining Olympians reveal themselves to the 21st century.

Zeus is Dead is filled with great wit and humor (some of it a bit on the geeky side). It revolves around Zeus’ daughter Tracy and her heroic quest to avenge her father’s death. Tracy undertakes this quest with the help of Apollo, Thalia (one
Aug 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor, fiction
Beware. This is a long book, something that generally doesn't concern me--bring it! usually! If I like a book I want lots of it. And this one is big--441 pages if you're counting--but will feel even longer. It was a book I had to slog through, which was made harder that this was supposed to be a humorous book and being a mythology & fantasy nerd, I thought this would be a slam dunk for me. And at moments it was--but he threw it seems everything into this book. There were so many grossly unfu ...more
Jessica West
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With just under 500 pages, this book is a helluva lot longer than anything I've read recently, but the description looked promising so I gave it a shot. The basic structure is built like most books I've read, but that's the only thing typical about it. "May I read your shirt in braille, Miss?" Gems like this one pop up throughout the book, and even at the end where many authors lose steam, Mr. Munz carries his humor all the way through. It's definitely not a quick read, but each chapter offers g ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been looking for other authors to fill the void when Christopher Moore does not have a new book out. This guy is now on my list.

In his writing style with this book, the author is almost a character of its own. A few times the asides were a little bit long or distracting to me which is why I give it four instead of five stars, but honestly it was such a fantastically fun read that I, a busy mom with three kids, finished the book, and was so glad I read it.

In fact, I am now going to see if
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
So, I came across this book initially on the wonderful imgur. I was drawn in by the puns. Those of you who follow me know I have a serious problem with puns. It's an epundemic. (See!?). Add Greek mythology on top of that? This Classics minoring internet-dweller was sold.

Y'all, this book is effing hilarious. I loved the way that Munz sucked the reader in, not just with the plot of his book but with his engagement with the readers. It was as though the book narrator was telling you, the reader, a
Merril Anil
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: A good editor who can cut short the irrelevant portions and maybe shorten this book a bit
Olympus is open for Business again

A huge Thanks to the author and his team for providing me a copy of the book but at the same time i am also going to apologize for the review i am going to write

It feels like i have been reading this book for ages now. Right now i look like a zombie in progress, with swollen red eyeballs threatening to pop out and eye bags reaching the floor.To think of it, the book was only 446 pages and i have read books more voluminous than this one but nothing has induce
Charlotte Ashlock
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very unique book. Why? The author is unusually aggressive about breaking the “Fourth Wall” (aka, the separation between the reader and the characters/narrator). This enables a whole new kind of humor. It was very cheeky. For example, at one point the narration says (paraphrasing) “Intelligent readers may be wondering if this is all a devious trick! It may or may not be a devious trick. We won’t tell you. Of course, you may say... why bring this up at all if there is NO trickery involve ...more
Megan Chan
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Alright, so Zeus has been murdered and the rules of the game have changed. Gods freely interact with the mortal humans, and this is more than with a friendly hello. The gods are loving their freedom. The humans are not quite sure how to handle this. But no one seems to really ask, "Who killed Zeus?"

This book takes the reader on an adventure that looks deeper into the death of Zeus. It follows the need for one of the many Greek gods and goddesses to help the unfolding of a prophecy while trying t
Alexander Ruiz
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book, but I ended up only liking it okay. I'm a huge fan of Greek Mythology and while reading the book I felt it read like an adult version of Percy Jackson, but less compelling. While the premise is awesome, I honestly feel I only finished reading it because it was about Greek Gods. Munz chose to constantly use the fourth wall throughout the book and it worked great in some instances, but then became an overused tool used lazily to fill in the blanks for narrative i ...more
Mary Sheetz
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! The Gods are back and their family dysfunction set against a modern backdrop is wonderful. Watching the Gods struggle with the added responsibilities brought on by increased population and modern technology is fantastic. We have Titans, Gods, demigods, the mortal children of Gods, Muses, Fates, Erinyes, monsters, and even some mortal humans with absolutely no genetic relationship to any Gods. Munz has a wonderful sense of humor and no fear of breaking the fourth wall. In fact sometime ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a spectacular book! I can't get over how well-researched, knowledgeable, and downright fun this book was to read. It's long...and you don't want it to end. The plot is a great starting point: the Greek Gods return to Earth and wreak their own special kind of havoc. A couple of mortals are involved, and quests are given. But that doesn't begin to cover the hilarity and suspense of the book. There are monsters, big and small. Muses. Plasma televisions. The action scenes are masterfully wri ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The Greek Gods have returned, and a couple of mostly hapless humans are caught up in forces that are mostly beyond their control. It's hilarious throughout: the fourth wall is shattered to dust, and yet the story remains engaging--this is no mean feat, and something I really admired about this book. But all other considerations aside, it's a really fun and funny book that reminded me of the best of Christopher Moore's early work. Highly recommended to fans of fantasy and humor ...more
The death of Zeus has removed previous restrictions placed on the Pantheon allowing them access to the mortal realm once again. The Pantheon integrates eagerly into modern society by garnering new worshipers, creating new monsters, and reclaiming their mantles with added celebrity status. Apollo soon receives prophetic visions that test his loyalty and makes him question the loyalty of those around him.

Zeus Is Dead is an amusing cohesive story with a narrative that parodies familiar literary tro
Brooke Stevens
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is cleverly written, witty, and quite silly!
The story is a romp through the modern world with ancient characters- the Greek gods are back! I loved Greek mythology as a kid, so watching the gods adapt to modern mortals throughout the course of this adventure is just plain fun. The plot gallops from misadventure to misadventure, dodging monsters, eluding the Furies, and trying to figure out who killed Zeus. The characters are likable, the pop/geek culture references make me feel smart, a
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so ridiculous that it was hysterically entertaining. I laughed out loud throughout the entire thing and kept telling people, even before I finished it, that they needed to read it. If you like Christopher Moore, you will like this book.

Over a thousand years ago Zeus ordered the withdrawal of the Olympians from the world of man. But then not too long ago, someone managed to kill the king of the gods. With his death came the end of the order to withdraw and the gods came back. Fully
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure" is a humorous tale of the impact of Zeus's death on the Greek gods and modern human society. The tale is rife with puns and satire, as well as humorous happenings. Apollo, a TV producer, a gaming geek, and a big game hunter, and some muses attempt to resurrect the deceased god while fending off other gods, who like the new order, and monsters that are appearing on earth. Gods in Las Vegas, on Twitter, and TV add to the confusion.

I recommend t
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Munz has done an excellent job of bringing the Greek gods into the 21st century, with an irreverent look that captures the essence of their capricious nature. He excellently blends humor and plot into a delightful read. Seeing how the gods interact with modern life is sure to make you chuckle.

A note of caution. Munz does like to break the 4th wall on occasion. Actually, he smashes it down and tap dances on the rubble. If that isn't your cup of tea you may find this book a little unsettling.

Doug Walsh
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An outrageously original, fourth-wall shattering, comical story about the Greek Gods set in a contemporary adventure. Humor is so hard to do in print, yet the author had me laughing loudly and often. I rarely read sci-fi (so rarely that for years I wondered what the "siffy" network was when channel surfing) so if I mention that my attention waned during the climax, know that that's just me. And your mileage will likely vary. Especially if Mythological comedy is your jam.

Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really very entertaining.

This ended up being a really great book. It started slow and awkward. The humor was a little forced at first. But, it became a book I couldn't put down. The story telling was spectacular and the style of humor really grew on me. I highly recommend it.
Kerry Amburgy-Dickson
Absolutely, loved it.Very tongue-in-cheek.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Michael Munz makes no myth-thtepth. I really enjoyed this funny, silly, well-constructed book!
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
After a long hiatus from the public eye, the gods are back in business! And it’s all thanks to whoever murdered Zeus (at least some good came out of it). The new flurry of worshipers, sacrifices, and temples have all the gods bursting with mortal love and fulfillment– all except Apollo. A god with an already bursting list of duties, he’s decided that the paparazzi is more than he can handle. With the aid of his favorite red-headed muse Thalia, he rounds up the unlikely pair of executive Tracey W ...more
Vanya D.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I received the eARC via the publisher. My opinion is honest and true and is not influence by my relationship with the publisher.

This book was the most fun I've had with a mythological story ever. It has love drama (though no real romance to speak of), it has a murder mystery, sacrifice, heroism and a number of incredible, well-developed characters who play their roles so well, it's impossible to put any two of them in the same box. They are complex, realistic (as much as any mythological g
Robert Luhrs
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun read..
Amanda Mills
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don’t think it too much of a spoiler to tell you that Zeus was dead to begin with. It goes without saying then he was REAL as well and had put himself and the rest of the also very real pantheon on what was intended to be a permanent hiatus. When he dies, all Olympus breaks loose upon the present day complete with squabbling siblings, grotesque monsters, cupid arrows, spinning fates, and sundaes.

It’s what I expected.

Apollo is buried in email.

Muse Thalia is fed up with script writers and produc
Dane Cobain
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

First up, I should explain how I know the author – Mr. Munz used to be published by Booktrope, the now-defunct hybrid publisher that released by debut novel, No Rest for the Wicked. I always liked Booktrope because of the quality of their books, and this has passed on to Munz’ new publisher, Red Muse Press.

The book itself was a hell of a lot of fun, and Munz’ style reminds me of a mixture between Douglas Adams a
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Terry Pratchett meets Douglas Adams in this farce of Greek gods returning to modern times.

The idiot ball, for those who are unaware, is the bane of good fiction. In any television show, movie, neighborhood play, or, yes, novel whenever a previously intelligent character does something that anyone with more than badger feculence for brains would consider gut-wrenchingly foolish—or fails to grasp a solution to a problem so obvious it may as well be dressed in a neon green pantsuit, jumping up and
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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
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