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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (15 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345522370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345522375
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnston on 1 Feb. 2012
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A quite remarkable book, I initially bought this book thinking it would be a horror, how wrong could I have been. Rather, this is a story about prejudice,friendship, extremism and family's, it just happens that the main character is a zombie.
A compelling read that I had great difficulty putting down, which resulted in my dogs missing their afternoon walk, and unfortunately finishing the book in two days.
Loved it from start to finish, just wish there had been a sequel.
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unexpected! a really awesome book that's completely different from what you would expect of the genre. I'm totally not into horror, or anything zombie related but still I would definately recommend this to anyone who loves any type of fiction.
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By Bromsgrove Bluenose on 12 July 2014
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Brilliant book and must for all Zombie fans
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Rating: 5 Iowan zombies out of 5 3 July 2011
By Eleanor Skinner - Published on Amazon.com
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Daryl Gregory is the kind of guy who writes a possessed Philip K. Dick into one of his books as a supporting character (not this one). He seems fascinated by human alterations - his first book was about people possessed by archetypes, his second was about transformation into mutants in a small Southern town (sort of), and his third novel is about people who have been turned into zombies. It provides a thesis to unify slow zombie and fast zombie fans, and examines the physics and metaphysics of being the living dead.

When people are first infected and turned, they go through a few days of fever and delirium while they lust for human flesh, so they stagger around and make weird sounds. After the fever breaks, they regain their minds, although sometimes with amnesia or personality alterations. At this point they no longer have homicidal impulses if they don't want to. So Stony, who studied his sister's medical texts and ran experiments to see why his body didn't break down, joins the L.D. (Living Dead) underground and meets all types of dead people while he is drawn slowly into L.D. politics.

Chris Roberson said, 'so good that I grieved when I got to the last page, because I wanted it to just go on and on.' It really is. Gregory's writing gets better with each book, and the plot never slows down or becomes predictable (except in that zombie trope way the fans all love).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Zombies are People, Too 13 July 2011
By Christy Delafield - Published on Amazon.com
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The thing I love best about Gregory's work is that no matter how crazy the world he presents us with is, (there's a demon trapped inside you? your former self OD'd on a strange drug and left you with no memory? you're oozing mystical mucus?) the people in that world are REAL. Vivid characters are the thing I like best in a novel, and I love how Gregory's people aren't stiff, convenient sci-fi straw men. They act and feel how you imagine real people would under these bizarre circumstances.

Stony Mayhall is no exception. So you're the undead? It doesn't stop you from being annoyed by your sisters, wanting to be allowed off the farm, conducting scientific research, or writing fan fiction.

I don't want to spoil this book for you, so all I'm going to say is - it's kind of epic. You should pick it up.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Novel of Humanity 30 Dec. 2011
By Maria E. - Published on Amazon.com
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I went into "Stony" very, very skeptically: the zombie genre is becoming somewhat of a dead horse that has been beaten to a bloody pulp, in my opinion. It actually sat on my shelf for months before I picked it up as a last resort "oh well, this will have to do until I get a new one" book. Am I ever glad that I was bored that day and made the decision to crack it open.

Raising Stony Mayhall is by far the best book I read in 2011, and the more I reflect on it, I think it is slowly eeking it's way into my top ten novels of all time, if not top five. Yes, there are zombies involved, but at its heart "Stony" is a story of life. It covers everything from coming of age to religion to politics to family without being over-bearing or preachy on a single one. It's a sprawling story of one person's life, told in a voice so fresh and so alive, so utterly HUMAN, that you will forget it is a book about the dead.

Simply put, if you do not find yourself staying up late into the night unable to stop turning pages, laughing, and crying, you may be as heartless as the living in Raising Stony Mayhall (stupidly) assume zombies to be. Long live Stony!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Amazing... 23 Aug. 2011
By John Hornor Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
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Some books speak of the human condition and expand our understanding of it. Some books tell great stories, full of adventure and discovery. Some books take genre conventions, shuffle them around, stand them on end and in doing so totally revitalize the genre they're deconstructing. Some books are by turns heart-stopping in their emotional purity and hilarious in their lighter moments.

RAISING STONY MAYHALL is all of these things.

I am an author, and Daryl Gregory's books are so good, so resounding, so frickin' complete, they make me question what the hell I'm doing publishing. That I need to go back to the woodshed and hone my craft.

Like PANDEMONIUM before it, STONY is the best book I've read all year.

It's that simple.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I don't usually read Zombie novels--but this is awesome 31 Aug. 2011
By ToddlerMom - Published on Amazon.com
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I really was not sure I wanted to read a Zombie novel because I didn't think I really would be at all interested in zombies. But this is really an awesome book. If you think you're anti-zomie or if you couldn't care less about zombies, don't let that keep you from reading this book. I could hardly put it down. I stayed up way too late because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to Stony. I really cared about him. So the plot is great--a total page turner. But this novel is so much more...it made me think a lot--about society, about spirituality, about getting older, about who I really am (and I'm middle-aged, so it's tough to get me thinking new things in that area!). There is so much that is handled tenderly, affectionately, and spot on. Like what it's like to "come out" as a part of any marginalized community, what it's like to find your community (with all it's warts and all), what it's like to live in a world full of oppression, what it's like to discover you own deepest strengths--something no one can teach you. I even thought the adoption part of the story was treated very sensitively, which is typically not the case. Usually people don't get adoption. In sum, this is a great book--everything you could want--very relaxing, fun escapism--while at the same time being emotionally real and thought-provoking. What fun!
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