Three words?........ let me think..........
No not yet!
I would have loved to sit and listen in one setting but between kids and college it was not possible.
I thoroughly enjoyed this decidedly different zombie novel. The story was highly engaging, telling the tale of a world in which a zombie plague was unleashed but snuffed out years earlier. The remnant population of “LDs” (Living Dead, or “differently living”) has gone underground to avoid the reprisals of the intolerant dominant society of “breathers.” As the years stretch into decades and their undying bodies deteriorate from wear and tear that cannot be repaired, many of the LDs become philosophical, if not downright mystical, while others become increasingly militant.
That there can be two philosophically opposed camps of zombies is made possible by slightly tweaking traditional zombie lore. In this world, those infected by a zombie bite only go crazy and eat humans for a febrile 24 hours. Once the fever is gone, they are no longer living, but neither are they dangerous.
The protagonist, Stony, is of course a zombie but the circumstances of his arrival in this world are so unusual even other zombies find it hard to believe. He is different and wonders whether he will ever find another person who truly understands who and what he is. The book follows his life, first as he lives an Anne-Frank-like existence hidden by sympathetic “breathers” and then as he becomes a champion of what can only be called zombie civil rights. Because I think young adults are interested in these themes and also because Stony is a young adult for a good portion of the book, I think it can be classified as a young adult novel (not a bad thing).
Lest you think the book is all heavy thoughts, there is plenty of zombie mayhem, guts and gore but there was an equal amount of character building, plenty of funny bits, and just enough sentimentality to make it fun and interesting. I listened to it as an audio book read by David Marantz, who did an excellent job narrating.
I think this is the first time that I have given an "overall" score that is actually higher than the sum of its parts...but I LOVED the 'experience' of listening to this novel (granted, I am one of those zombie-, vampire-story lovers). Yes, there were a lot of silly digressions, a lot of unexplained 'issues'....but it's hard not to fall in love with Stony. You are rooting for him every step of the way. Even as I was telling myself that the story lacked "depth," I could not stop listening (I listened to it in two days)...and I was SO sad when it was over. I wanted MORE. An ADORABLE Zombie! Who would have thought?
The beginning of this book was very entertaining, I enjoyed the first third and thought I had found a winner. Then came the middle section, and by middle I mean the middle two thirds of the book, and the politics of the living dead was drawn out to infinity, the big bite or we are people too debate. I think this would be a great book for the "Twilight" crowd, nothing wrong with that genre, and it has a strong following to be sure, but it is not for me.
Finally finding time to enjoy my first love... "reading" ... in a whole new way that fits into my busy schedule.
Going in, I am not exactly sure what I expected of this book, but I can tell you it turned out to be much more than just a ZOMBIE book. Yes, yes the main character...heck, many of the characters, are zombies, but they think, they feel, they ARE dead but they ARE human. It was easy to recognize the real connection Stony has with his family and his friends. His outlook and quick wit had me laughing on more than one occasion. Heck I was even rooting for the Zombies. It is definitely a book I would recommend to adult friends. My only complaint is the use of the word "f**k" SO much in this book. I am grown and I can ignore it but by the time I reached the end it was becoming annoying. I don't feel as if gratuitous cursing adds to a novel...but hey, if I lived in a society were there was a plague of zombies, perhaps my vocabulary would more frequently be sprinkled with vulgarities...hopefully we will never know.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I was hesitant to try another zombie or "walking dead" book - I've had bad luck with them in the past and swore them off after the last giant disappointment. I'm so glad I took a chance on Raising Stony Mayhall - it really is a great story with a new take on the whole undead genre. The book is not at all about zombies chomping on bodies and stumbling around moaning - or about desperate humans fighting off hordes of walking corpses with drama at every turn - it's about a real family with realistic characters dealing with the fact that one of them just happens to be not technically alive. The narration was easy to listen to - not flashy - just natural in a way that makes the narrator's presence barely noticeable - which I mean as a true compliment. The last quarter of the story went a bit off the map but it didn't turn me off enough to make me want to stop listening. Would I go for a sequel? Probably not - but I was very pleased with the selection overall and would recommend it as a fun listen for all.
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would.
It is part gentle family story, part zombie appocalypse-if you can imagine such a thing. Daryl Gregory casts zombies as a group oppressed, politically persecuted and hunted by living humans, with the title character caught between. It is not a typical zombie read, in that it focuses very little on neither the frightening scientific causes of the plague that brought zombies about, nor the gory details of the effects. The narration actually wryly acknowledges zombie cliches, from time to time, suggesting that the reader insert-dramatic-escape-here, complete with narrow misses, exploding zombie heads, etc.;some may find this annoying, but I found it amusing. The story instead focuses on the relationships between the characters, and on Stony's quest to figure out where he belongs and how he can help the people important to him.
There are some interesting philosophical tidbits, as Stony ponders what it really means to be alive (he, an undead American, being in a unique position to ponder). The end is a bit out there, but I liked it, because it follows this question to an interesting extreme.
I give it four stars instead of five, because it does drag a bit in the middle, and maybe is just a bit too long in general.
The narrator is great for the role, capturing Stony's sardonic wit and introspection well. His female voices are good-like Patrick Swayze doing drag in To Wong Fu.
Overall, I was not disappointed, and in fact, surprised at how much I liked this book.
Yes, I have lots of friends who are fans of zombie TV so they would enjoy it. However, I'd also recommend it to someone who enjoys well written sci-fi. It has enough of a science feel that it isn't a ghost story or fantasy book.
I'm not a zombie fan, but the synopsis on audible drew me in and I took a chance. I'm not ready to jump on the zombie horror bandwagon at all. This story is different. And really good.
Stony of course, but after that, his sister Chelsea/Crystal. All the Mayhall women are strong and distinct characters. I like how they stand up for their different brother, but remain human through it all.
He becomes the real voice of Stony. He does other characters so well that I don't think of it as the same reader. If I had just read it, I don't know if Stony's voice in my head would have been as likeable.
Yes. It was hard to turn it off!
I hope to read more books by Gregory and will definitely look forward to hearing Marantz's voice again.
The narration was pitch perfect.
Well, Stony Mayhall. The character type reminds me of Odd Thomas. Stony is a sensitive & funny sort of Zombie guy. Honestly the beginning drags a bit, get through the first hour or so. It pays off big.
I listen to audio while walking 5 miles. I measure the success of a book by how it can capture my imagination, and interest. This story line captured my interest enough that I forgot about the miles, and didn't want to stop.
What a fun read/listen!
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I was a bit reluctant at first because I'm not usually interested in zombie stories, and I stay away from anything in the horror genre. However, this novel is anything but. It's about a boy who is different trying to fit in, about family love and about government oppression. All told with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor.I was entertained throughout and couldn't put it down.