HUSK Reading Questions

Derek Newman-Stile of the terrific website Speculating Canada often goes above and beyond the call of duty. What do I mean by that? Well, how about creating discussion questions for Husk? I haven’t even done that, and I wrote the freaking thing!

[The following was originally posted on Speculating Canada on March 13, 2013.]

Zombie ReadingWhat was it like to be in the perspective of the zombie?

Why do you think the author titled his chapters after the stages of grief?

Why do you think the author made his zombie character an actor?

If this book were made into a movie, who would you cast as Sheldon and why?

Why does Sheldon try to hold onto his organs? Why does he attach so much importance to them?

What mechanisms does Sheldon use to adapt to his changing circumstances?

Why do you think the author decided to make Sheldon’s mother into a heavily religious and homophobic person?

Why do you think the author decided to portray Sheldon’s mother as someone who is going senile in old age?

The author contrasts “horror horror” and “Hollywood horror”. Why do you think he does this?

What did you think of the portrayal of Mr. Dixon? Why do you think the author created a character who is secretly controlling things behind government and business?

What did you think of the last couple of pages of disembodied consciousness? What does this add to the novel?

How does this novel differ from other zombie novels you have read?