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Husk

Husk

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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 the wintry streets of Toronto, Sheldon realizes he's now a zombie--as if he didn't have enough on his plate already. His last audition, reading for the reality television series House Bingo, had gone disastrously wrong. His mother is in the late stages of dementia, his savings are depleted, his agent couldn't care less, and his boyfriend is little more than a set of nice abs. All Sheldon has to his name is a house he can barely hold onto and a cat that is more pillow than mammal. Now he also has to contend with decomposition, the scent of the open grave, and an unending appetite for human flesh--and on top of it all, there's another audition in the morning. In order to survive his death without literally falling apart, Sheldon must find a way to combine his old life with his new addiction, which would be a lot easier if he could stop eating vagrants. A hysterical take on fame, love, religion, politics, and appetite, this is the story of the "everyzombie" people long to be.
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781770410329
1770410325
Call Number: FICTION REDEKOP 2012
Characteristics: xiii, 307 p. ; 22 cm

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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.


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JewelMcLatchy Feb 05, 2013

Mom was indeed dead, with delusions of animation; it was not a miracle that she had not bitten anyone, for she had, several times. However, lacking dentures, her constant soft gumming of her attendants' limbs was a cause for irritation, not worry.

shelfmonkey Nov 10, 2012

Who knew death could lead to an eating disorder?

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JewelMcLatchy Feb 05, 2013

Well, I definitely experienced the full emotional spectrum while reading this and was very surprised to do so. The first part made me giggle, guffaw, snort. Then it was all I could do not to vomit along with some of the characters. At some point along the way I started feeling sorry for Sheldon (wth, Corey??!). I found myself fascinated and repulsed in equal measures and wondering if it was Sheldon's voice or Corey's I heard in my head urging me to continue reading... If you want a zombie book that has literally everything (and some of it is kinda out there - in a good way!), this is the one to read. The heart (or should it be brain...) of the novel to me is based on this one soul-searching question "Was I a standard zombie, or an awful human being?"

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shelfmonkey Nov 10, 2012

shelfmonkey thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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