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A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780544610606
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Elliott David 03/2017
Characteristics: 189 pages ;,22 cm


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A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.

For readers 14 and up this is a retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur. A novel in verse this is being compared to Hamilton and flips the script making the Minotaur the hero of the story.

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A_Jeffery Dec 19, 2018

I loved Elliot's interpretation of the Minotaur myth!

DBRL_BriannaD Aug 15, 2018

I don't normally go for poetry, but man! This novel in verse packs a punch. I love Greek mythology, so it was a delight to start on the familiar ground of the Minotaur, but the author took it so much further than that. Having Poseidon as a narrator created a fascinating contrast between the deeply felt emotions of Asterion (the Minotaur) and his family, and the irreverent, uncaring attitude of the gods. The different poetic styles of each character were a great deal of fun, and the author's afterword describing them is well worth the read. I certainly recommend this book for fans of mythology or fans of poetry! It's a quick read, and well worth your time.

ArapahoeTiegan Jun 11, 2018

What an amazing way to tell the story of Asterion, the Minotaur! I loved that Elliott gave each character their own voice - each person had a different style of poetry that defined how they spoke. I found Poseidon hilarious - the way he spoke and the things he had to say were brilliant. I felt so bad for Asterion and truly was rooting for him and Ariadne to escape - this connection with characters is not quite so typical for me in novels in verse, so yet another point for Elliott! Seriously fun book!

May 10, 2018

Would make an excellent audiobook, especially if narrated by a rapper.

mko123 Dec 20, 2017

This author does to the Greek myths what Lin Manuel-Miranda did to Hamilton. This story -done-in-verse of trechory, betrayal and a pernicious Poseidon has all the vim and energy of a current rap song.

Austenite1975 Dec 06, 2017

I enjoy retellings that give the reader a new perspective on an old story, and this is one of my new favorites! Told in verse, using a vernacular familiar to teens, this story made me really feel for the minotaur.

ArapahoeLesley Aug 20, 2017

A super quick and fun look at the story of theseus and the minotaur in quirky silly and sometimes dirty verse!

Lisa_Marie_C Jul 13, 2017

This dark retelling reads like rap lyrics and blends exquisitely flawed characters with madness, heartache, and bawdy humour.

Jun 13, 2017

This was so unexpectedly incredible. Bull is a hilarious take on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Poseidon was so funny and full of sass (he reminded me a lot of Deadpool) but I won't lie, in the beginning I wasn't sure how I felt but then, as the story progresses, I couldn't help picturing myself watching the story played out in a theatre before me. This was such a dark, twisted, beautiful story that had me hooked.

Jun 01, 2017

I don't usually like novels in verse. I don't usually like 'updated' classics. But that was misleading. This is only updated in language, not the author trying to merge the myth with the modern world.


Five thousand stars. Funny and beautiful and painful and I want everyone to read it. It's only 200 pages. If you like poetry, if you like mythology, if you like emotionally strong books that carry their own weight with few words, even if you just want a little bit more of a grown-up Percy Jackson, you'll love this one.

And then find me so we can talk about it.

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