Husk 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 MagazineOutlandish and emotio

  • Title: Husk
  • Author: Corey Redekop
  • ISBN: 9781770410329
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 MagazineOutlandish 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 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 MagazineOutlandish 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 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 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.

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    Corey Redekop s debut novel, Shelf Monkey winner, Gold Medal for Popular Fiction, 2008 Independent Book Publisher Awards a Top 40 Essential Canadian Novel of the Decade, CBC Canada Reads is either a work of insane genius or an intolerable left wing screed, depending on which review you read Husk ECW Press, 2012 was shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award and was named a Top Book of 2012 by editors of His short stories have found homes in anthologies such as The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, Licence Expired The Unauthorized James Bond, Superhero Universe Tesseracts Nineteen, and Those Who Make Us Creature, Myth and Monster Stories.Stunningly handsome, supremely talented, superbly gifted at hyperbole, Corey abides in Fredericton, New Brunswick I ve often wondered how a novel s characters might assess the book they ve been thrust, unwillingly, into like victims of a kidnapping Well, now it s actually happened to me Yes, Eric McCormack appears as a character in Shelf Monkey Once I got over the shock of finding myself there and settled in for the long haul, I thought What a literate, witty, suspenseful, alternate world Corey Redekop s created I m not so sure I want to be rescued from it Eric McCormack, author, The Dutch Wife, on Shelf Monkey A playful yet very serious ode to bibliophilia Corey Redekop writes with energy and imagination, deft little jabs that go straight to the solar plexus I laughed, and thought a great deal reading Shelf Monkey Paul Quarrington, author, Galveston, The Ravine, on Shelf Monkey I read several promising first novels in 2007, all so different that I am unable to choose a favoriteCorey Redekop provided this year s gonzo fun with his Shelf Monkey, an utterly enjoyable novel about radical bookworms Jeff Vandermeer, author, City of Saints and Madmen, on Shelf Monkey stylistically playful reminiscent of Stephen King s approach in Carrie That it feels neither redundant nor artificial is a testament to Redekop s control over his material and his ability to push his story effortlessly forward.What is most praiseworthy about Shelf Monkey is its tone, which is blackly comic, and not afraid to get its hands dirty bracing and edgy and skirts the line of cruelty without ever quite tripping over it Redekop plays with this tension nicely throughout the novel, providing a critique of a literary culture that prizes shallowness and false sentiment over an authentic engagement with difficult texts, while at the same time assuring all of us who love books that, whatever our literary tastes or predilictions, and for better or for worse, we re all in this together Steven W Beattie, That Shakespeherian Rag, on Shelf Monkey


  • 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 [...]

  • This was one of the most original books I've read. Corey Redekop brings the zombie genre into new territory, granting his lead baffling self-awareness as he literally tries to piece his life together after waking mid-autopsy in Toronto General Hospital. For such fantastic circumstances, it was impressively realistic. It even had me questioning certain cornerstones of the modern zombie myth, such as moaning: without the need for oxygen, thus no need for breathing, why are zombies always moaning a [...]

  • 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 event [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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!

  • 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 i [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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, quoiq [...]

  • 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 readge 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 se [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 prota [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Bravo, Mr. Redekop. You took an out-of-work, gay, Canadian actor, turned him into a zombie, and then made me fall in love with him. 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 in [...]

  • 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. :)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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