The Captain’s Log – raising stony mayhall (Daryl Gregory)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I was first introduced to this author with his book afterparty.  That book was a sci-fi dealing with illicit drug use (a topic I normally avoid) which I found to be fun, thought-provoking, and twisty.  Then me last novel of 2017, spoonbenders, was a five star sci-fi read about psychics (and much more).  So when I saw that the library had this title which deals with zombies, well I had to read it.

This book begins in the time after the first zombie apocalypse.  Humans got lucky and for the most part the zombie uprising was quashed.  However stragglers are out there and the government and populace is in fear of the next outbreak.  Wanda Mayhall is living with her three daughters in Iowa when she discovers a dead (for real) teenager and a baby.  The baby happens to clearly be one of the undead.  Wanda makes a choice to keep the baby despite the consequences of discovery.  This is the story of what happens to the baby, Stony.

Well Gregory does it again with an odd and compelling read.  In this version of the zombie apocalypse, the dead can rise and bites can cause infection.  However, ye only be a ravenous husk for about two days and then lucidity can come back.  So there are rational zombies out there.  This book treats ye to zombie politics, human and undead relationships, scientific study, religious rationale, and much more.

The novel is told in several parts and follows Stony throughout many decades and chapters of his life.  While I loved Stony as a character and his several family groups, the highlight of the book was the ramifications of what happens to the zombies and the unpredictable ways zombism (sp?) progresses.  I thought the author stretched those possibilities in some truly unique fun ways.  Basically this cements the fact that I need to read more of the author’s work.  So if ye like weird, quirky zombies then give this one a chance.  Arrr!

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Daryl Gregory – Author

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

afterparty (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

spoonbenders (Captain’s Log – Sci-Fi)

13 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – raising stony mayhall (Daryl Gregory)

    1. It is so odd and yet I loved it. All of his books seem to be that way for me. I don’t know if I could recommend him to the average reader. The baby zombie growth explanation was rather inconclusive in this. I decided to just go with it. Thanks for reading!
      x The Captain

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  1. Ah, another Daryl Gregory fan! I loved this book as well and still haven’t gotten over it. One of the best apocalyptic, zombie stories I’ve ever read.

    Spoonbenders got mixed reviews among my GR friends, but I’m glad to see you liked it. Will bump it up my short list.

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    1. I have absolutely loved all three books I have read by him. His work feels unique and makes me think in a good way. I will likely read something by him again in the latter part of the year. I like to space his stuff out. Hope ye love spoonbenders. Thanks for the comment. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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  2. I can’t believe I haven’t read this! I bought all of Gregory’s backlist after I read Afterparty too, but just haven’t read them. And Afterparty remains one of my favorite books of all time😁 I hardly ever run into other people who have read it, woo woo!

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    1. Hooray for another Gregory fan! I am not surprised that ye like him 🙂 I found out that a local library has lots of his backlog books. So will certainly be readin’ another of his books this year. Thanks for the comment!
      x The Captain

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  3. I can’t believe I haven’t read this! I bought all of Gregory’s backlist after I read Afterparty too, but just haven’t read them. And Afterparty remains one of my favorite books of all time😁 I hardly ever run into other people who have read it, woo woo!

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    1. Glad to see another fan on the list. I plan to read all of his backlog except for the planet of the apes ones. The completely fine one sounds odd so we shall see what I think. Thanks for visiting. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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