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Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs But over a two week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens


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  1. Peter Peter says:

    Humanisation The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, is a wonderfully original story full of imagination, sadness and humour We are introduced to the Minotaur, who over the last five thousand years has gone through a steady humanisation transformation Probablypsychological than physical and various aspects of his appearance still exist, like bovine facial features and horns It is those quirks that keep him consigned as an outsider but they also make him really interesting As an immortal, Humanisation The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, is a wonderfully original story full of imagination, sadness and humour We are introduced to the Minotaur, who over the last five thousand years has gone through a steady humanisation transformation Probablypsychological than physical and various aspects of his appearance still exist, like bovine facial features and horns It is those quirks that keep him consigned as an outsider but they also make him really interesting As an immortal, he has had to deal with repetitive exclusion, loneliness and loss over many centuries M, as he s currently known, lives on the periphery of society and works as a chef in the kitchen of the Grub s Rib restaurant His life is full of sadness and there is a yearning that he can gain some acceptance into society M has a quiet, reclusive, smouldering character that cloaks a history and capability that can administer destruction and damage How will he respond to his current threats and trials It s easy to build empathy for him and when he starts to develop a friendship with a woman, you become absorbed in his activities and personally encouraging him to take the steps forward The dialogue is relevant and gutsy, it is sharp and honest, and fiercely real There is a harsh reality presented for those that live on the edge of society, those that are alienated because of race, colour, creed or appearance An existence where you have to deal with not only the reinforced differences but the added contempt and antagonism from others A glimmer of hope and affection can be so powerful, a feeling that is heartbreakingly tender and sincere The narration in this book creates a vivid portrayal of such a life.I would read this book over and over as it just makes me feel like I m experiencing something that is unique, eccentric, scintillating and mysterious


  2. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    4.5 poignant, original, primitive stars 2018 Honorable Mention Read First of all a very warm thank you to TD Whittle who introduced me to this gem of a novel I would never have discovered this one on my own I want to entice some of you to read this This book appears to be so underappreciated and it is worthy of being on the syllabus of any American Literature course The Minotaur of Ancient Greece lives through the millenia and ends up in small town North Carolina.As readers we are not 4.5 poignant, original, primitive stars 2018 Honorable Mention Read First of all a very warm thank you to TD Whittle who introduced me to this gem of a novel I would never have discovered this one on my own I want to entice some of you to read this This book appears to be so underappreciated and it is worthy of being on the syllabus of any American Literature course The Minotaur of Ancient Greece lives through the millenia and ends up in small town North Carolina.As readers we are not privy to how this occurs except that over the millenia he becomeshumanized but still with the head of a bull He is a lovely creature and works as a chef in a diner where the food is very very good We live his life with him over a two week period and meet the many people that intersect with his daily routine The magic in this book and believe me, it is magic that the author understands this creature to the core and uses him to represent the OTHER in all of us and the anomie that many of us experience some of the time Throughout everyday interactions we think we understand the bull until he witnesses violence, experiences desire or is torn back to the days where he was king and would feast on virgins Mr Sherill s command of his prose is absolutely superb with a keen sensual sense of detail and an emotional palate that would not be foreign in terrific noir literature except these colors aremuted than dark Into the Minotaur s life there come occasional moments of clarity, moments, unpredictable and painfully brief, that arrive at times as a thunderclap and at others as sweetly as a yawn, moments when everything seems understandable, when the whole of his past makes sense to him, his present seems within his control and his future pops and sizzles with a wild dangerous hope These moments are rare, and their aftermath lies somewhere between excitement and sheer terror There my friends you have a taste of what the reading experience was like Do yourself a favor and pick this up


  3. Brian Brian says:

    If we are going to talk about earth bound immortality we re going to do this right Pouty, sassy and preening vampires a few hundred years old chasing teenage girls need not apply Give us the Dactyls, the Potamoi, the Oceanids give us role players, the extras, of ancient mythology and show us the hell of immortality Give us The Minotaur.Author Steven Sherrill taps his inner Ovid to pen a modern day look into the life of a 5,000 year old mythological figure living in rural Florida Sherrill s If we are going to talk about earth bound immortality we re going to do this right Pouty, sassy and preening vampires a few hundred years old chasing teenage girls need not apply Give us the Dactyls, the Potamoi, the Oceanids give us role players, the extras, of ancient mythology and show us the hell of immortality Give us The Minotaur.Author Steven Sherrill taps his inner Ovid to pen a modern day look into the life of a 5,000 year old mythological figure living in rural Florida Sherrill s writing is subtle his depictions of the daily life of The Minotaur are brilliant in their simplicity weighted with the underlying horror of an undying existence as a perpetual fish out of water The genius of the book owes as much to what is left out of the text as to what is written Daedalus s Labyrinth provides the structure of the novel When we navigate a maze, just because we may never end up in one of those dead ends doesn t mean they don t exist The Minotaur s immortality is his Labyrinth the interactions with the world around him provide the paths through the endless maze that ultimately yield the impasses that require him to start again to find a new path that will ultimately lead to the same conclusion You can take The Minotaur out of the Labyrinth But you can t take the Labyrinth out of The MinotaurThe Minotaur is looking into the past and the future simultaneously, and both are visions of desolation, of endless and murky emptiness


  4. Madeleine Madeleine says:

    Seven pages in, a passage that ostensibly illustrates the bond between M the titular smoking hybrid who s now safely mundane against the backdrop of the modern world and one of his friendlier coworkers actually betrays the lonely core of the Minotaur s five millennia old being Cecie keeps telling him she d like to take him home some night, husband or no The Minotaur waits hopefully Husband or no Believe me It s brutally sad in context Not to be outranked on the Don t You Want to Activ Seven pages in, a passage that ostensibly illustrates the bond between M the titular smoking hybrid who s now safely mundane against the backdrop of the modern world and one of his friendlier coworkers actually betrays the lonely core of the Minotaur s five millennia old being Cecie keeps telling him she d like to take him home some night, husband or no The Minotaur waits hopefully Husband or no Believe me It s brutally sad in context Not to be outranked on the Don t You Want to Actively Seek out This Character so You Can Befriend and Hug Him scale of heartstring tugging insights into a traditionally antagonistic creature, a paragraph on the 100th page s recto side brings the dual, tormented nature of M s existence into aching clarity with a tiny inkling of what it does to someone to live as a monstrous outsider for five thousand years The architecture of the Minotaur s heart is ancient Rough hewn and many chambered, his heart is a plodding laborious thing, built for churning through the millennia But the blood it pumps the blood it has pumped for five thousand years, the blood it will pump for the rest of his life is nearly human blood It carries with it, through his monster s veins, the weighty, necessary, terrible stuff of human existence fear, wonder, hope, wickedness, love But in the Minotaur s world it is far easier to kill and devour seven virgins year after year, their rattling bones rising at his feet like a sea of cracked ice, than to accept tenderness and return it.Seriously If that doesn t make you want to give the poor guy a giant hug and a tender pat on the snout especially considering that such a revelation comes on the heels of a fleeting but significant physical interaction with the imperfect waitress M is crushing on hard then you have neither a soul nor a beating heart to speak of and I cannot, in good conscience, encourage further communication with you because you re probably a zombie Not if you can read.and puts her hand on top of his And puts her hand on top of his And puts her hand on top of his without the awed reverence of a beast unaccustomed to gentleness absolutely demolishing your stoic reserve and tear ducts Though you re probably a lost cause anyway if you made it past page 49 s confession that touch comes so infrequently to the Minotaur that when it happens, sincere or not, it nearly takes his breath away, blinds him momentarily to all rational thought and allegiance without your breath hitching and that little premonition of danger making you fiercely protective of M or maybe that s just me identifying with fictional characters to an unhealthy extent again.This debut, nonetheless novel does so many things well beyond its sympathetic rendering of a mythical abomination At one point, M s constitution is described as one of gritty resignation, which can also be said about the narration s tone M is never pathetic or hopeless, traits one might expect from so tragic and long a fall fortunately, his Labyrinth days are mostly hazy half dreams even M s primal defenses are blunted by a self control he s exerting after eons of learning that both possessing a capacity for evil unmatched and his own potential for tiny rages can lead to the kind of dire consequences he no longer welcomes He s scared and nervous an awful lot, but mostly in regard to the damage he can unintentionally cause other people and the embarrassment he can bring upon himself, and has a downright endearing habit of bovinely poking at the ground with his very human foot when he isn t sure of what else to do, but he soldiers on with a hard won, Zen like state of indifference, sometimes blessed, sometimes cursed that is completely expected from someone who has been everywhere once and who has passively watched the ultimately inconsequential rise and fall of countless civilizations I feel so strange saying that I loved this book because there were so many moments that killed me with their undercurrents of sadness For every instance detailing M s private and painstaking maintenance ritual being half bull, after all, creates skin problems and requires frequent horn grooming , it was the self sufficient singularity of it that got me the most He reacts to the smallest kindness with a touchingly disproportionate relief and gratitude His bull s mouth is not made for human words, so verbal communication is an onerous task His economy of language and the obvious embarrassment he feels when attempting to speak make his few non grunted utterances poignant, not piteous there s an exchange with M and his boss that crescendos with M s submissive, disbelieving Not fired and, I swear, those paired words have never sung with such emotional resonance before And his heady desire for the mere ability to sing into the warm nights as he drives his lovingly maintained jalopy screams of a being who may be no longer trapped in a Grecian maze against his will but confines himself to his inner world, as rich as any terminal introvert s mental plane, because he knows he never had and never will enjoy a real place in what s going on around him.Even M s bullish half is capable of empathy and despair He certainly recognizes the cannibalistic nature of becoming his employer s new beef carver and his emotional reaction to a televised bullfight one of the few times he deigns to use the contraption, as ancient M feels hostile toward most things electronic There is a threat in the very existence of such minute and exact circuitry that touches something primal in the Minotaur is terrible to consider in its personal relevance.As sympathetically as M is painted within these 300 some pages, it is nearly impossible to suspend one s disbelief to allow the sexual encounters between a woman and a man bull to be effortlessly romantic As loudly and over earnestly as I was rooting for the Minotaur to get some, the novel would have hit a mortally insincere snag had M gotten his rocks off without a hitch and a few suspicions about his partner s stability Just like the few unprovoked, unwelcome confrontations and scuffles M finds himself in by virtue of being a freak, it was absolutely crucial to the integrity of the narrative for M s lone love scene in this book to come with some ugliness Because as much as you wanna take M s hand in yours for a little while to assure him that there arethan just a scant few decent people out there, the book straight up questions what the hell an attractive, mentally sound woman would find arousing in such an unusual partner also true to the gist of the story, however, there is a well intentioned and genuine sense of companionship at the heart of a seemingly deviant behavior What would compel a woman to kiss a man with the head of a bull Pity Curiosity Genuine attraction Maybe she recognizes the freakish parts of her own self and is drawn to the Minotaur through that alliance Most likely it is a fluctuating merger of all these things that move her.Quite simply, I love this book and can t wait to read it again I love what it had to say about people by way of a thoroughly nontraditional but also undeniably human protagonist I loved M himself with such unrestrained empathy that he might be my new favorite fictional character I loved the casual metaphors, the easy allusions, the subtle themes I loved its warmth And I really loved how it was a perfect storm of things that reminded me of how much I love getting lost and immersed in damn fine storytelling propelling a damn fine tale.Guys, seriously Read this book Read this book now


  5. T.D. Whittle T.D. Whittle says:

    Here s my advice and the three word version of my review read this book There are some excellent reviews already on Goodreads about The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, and I don t have an especially brilliant addition to those What I would say, though, is that the book is worth reading because the writing is sublime It s at turns funny and tragic It engages our empathy in a way that reminds us however uncomfortably that we, too, are instinct driven animals lurking beneath there Here s my advice and the three word version of my review read this book There are some excellent reviews already on Goodreads about The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, and I don t have an especially brilliant addition to those What I would say, though, is that the book is worth reading because the writing is sublime It s at turns funny and tragic It engages our empathy in a way that reminds us however uncomfortably that we, too, are instinct driven animals lurking beneath therefined parts of our neocortex that we are somewhat freakish and terribly vulnerable and that, frequently, we are wholly or partially inadequate in managing our lives and loves It s also viscerally disturbing in parts, as many reviewers have pointed out Side note on the visceral disturbances There is a total of one sort of sex scene in this book Crossing as it does the beast human line, it could easily cause some readers to toss the book aside as grotesque and repellent To be sure, the way the scene ends is distressing, but not for the reasons one might think and I won t explain that here because it s the anti climactic climax of the book But the achingly tender good will with which the girl and the Minotaur approach each other, sadly fumbling towards love, was beautiful to me and I assume to many others The reason I mention this is because sex scenes and even sort of sex scenes are notoriously difficult to write, even for very good writers, and it requires a great deal of generosity on the part of readers not to say, Well, that was stupid awful unrealistic boring It speaks highly of Sherrill s sensibilities and skills as a writer that he handles even this delicate and difficult material with a deft touch The semi sex is messy, awkward, and unnatural but the writing is none of those things Sherrill is an eloquent, reflective, and subtle writer who pays close attention to detail, and to whom the words chosen matter a great deal He is trying to dothan just entertain us He shows us a microcosm revealing some of theharrowing, cruel, and disgusting aspects of humanity, while simultaneously and there s the hard bit showing us that there is still the possibility of redemption or at least momentary reprieve through acts of kindness, compassion, and love Readers may feel a whole slew of conflicting emotions both during and after reading Minotaur, and may come away from it thinking, What did I just read Am I okay with that Should I be okay with that Does it matter either way Sherrill s romantic anti hero, the Minotaur, is as clumsy in his expressions of love as he is in other aspects of life In such passages as I ve mentioned above, Sherrill s prose sings with an emotional and sexual authenticity that I found riveting One needn t use a lot of words to achieve this kind of gutsy realness, but they have to be the right words at the right time The words matter Part of the reason Sherrill can depict the agony and ecstasy of romance, love, and lust so well is that his Minotaur is not presented solely as an archetype The Minotaur is an archetype, yes, but he is also a person and a complicated one at that We believe in the Minotaur and want him to come out okay in the end, even as we struggle with some of the choices he makes or fails to make due to his crippling inability to cope with human situations in a fully human way Of course, many humans share this inadequacy, too, which is one of Sherrill s points Sherrill has tethered the Minotaur myth to a post of gritty reality to hold taut our suspension of disbelief The book is replete with details of daily lives lived at the grubby end of the socio economic spectrum poorly paid but all that s available work grinding poverty exhausting heat and squalor the repetitive and tedious chores required to maintain one s physical existence and bodily integrity the force of will it takes to keep up decent relationships with neighbours, whose own lives seem as flimsy as the worn out trailers they live in Still, it s community And there s hope in that Some reviewers have described the book as slow, as plodding, or as dull but I did not find it so It is essential to the book that we feel the day to day reality of the Minotaur s life As Sherrill explains it, an old professor of his once taught him that theoutlandish the premise is, thegrounded the other elements must be I had not heard of Steven Sherrill or this book until I read some reviews on Goodreads, but as I read his biography at the end of the book, I was not surprised to learn that he is a poet I had wondered, as I read The Minotaur, whether the poems in the book were his own Turns out, they are They are worth the price of the book on their own But read the whole book, because of the words the words the words How they are arranged on the pages Below, you can enjoy the original poem by Sherrill that inspired his book Also, there is an Audible version of the book, read by Holter Graham and part of the Neil Gaiman Presents series of audiobooks, that might be worth hearing I haven t heard it myself, so I cannot say what it s like The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break Sorely needed because, for the umpteenthtime since landing a job as line cookat the Holiday Inn, those damn horns of hishave been a problem It s the potsthat hang overhead he keeps punchingholes in them, Management is pissed.The Minotaur sits on an empty pickle bucketblowing smoke through bullish nostrils.He lows He laments He can t rememberwhether the Stuffed Flounder gets b chamelor hollandaise Moreover, the heat chafes.About that time he spies her comingdown the ally, that new waitress the wholekitchen is talking about He almost gives herthe once over but can t get past her breasts.The Minotaur is a tit man I m a tit man he mouths to the Fry Cook What s that mean You re a tit man they ask The Minotaurcan t answer He sits indignant, a convictedit man, picking at the dried gravystain on his apron Feigning indifferencehe nearly misses the miracle beneathing her,this apparition in slinky black.But as she hoofs her way up the backsteps he can t help but notice those fine shanks.And what offers them up is not the sensible pump,is not the stiletto heel, is nothing lessthan cloven Things are looking up, he thinks


  6. Scott Scott says:

    The Minotaur lives in a rundown trailer home Five thousand years after his starring role in Greek mythology The Minotaur yes, that Minotaur the half man half bull from a labyrinth in Crete is working cash in hand as a chef in a greasy Southern US steakhouse where he is known simply as M This is the setup for Steve Sherrill s The Minotaur takes a Cigarette Break, and it is a wonderfully inventive beginning for a thoughtful novel that ranks among my personal favorite reads.This is The M The Minotaur lives in a rundown trailer home Five thousand years after his starring role in Greek mythology The Minotaur yes, that Minotaur the half man half bull from a labyrinth in Crete is working cash in hand as a chef in a greasy Southern US steakhouse where he is known simply as M This is the setup for Steve Sherrill s The Minotaur takes a Cigarette Break, and it is a wonderfully inventive beginning for a thoughtful novel that ranks among my personal favorite reads.This is The Minotaur as he has never been imagined The raging, flesh eating horror that Theseus allegedly slew in the labyrinth has been tamed by experience and the hard slog of millennia The slavering beast is gone, and the harsh mother that is five hundred decades has gestated a quiet and kind creature who seeks friendship and meaning in an endless existence.And so, we find the Minotaur, with his beat up old car, living in a trailer in the Southern USA, working six to seven days a week in Grub s Rib, an establishment known for the alleged 50 items in their salad bar M works hard, overcoming the clumsiness inherent in his half bull frame, trying to avoid catching his horns on anything, and generally trying to stay out of trouble.Life as deathless bull headed chef isn t easy, and both the past and the endless future weigh heavily on M The Minotaur is self conscious about his breath The Minotaur lacks confidence in his penmanship Over time the Minotaur has learned to read, has even been able to make the slow laborious transition from one language to another as cultures die off and fade away and as he moves from place to place But the Minotaur has never been able to rise above rudimentary skills Most books seem ridiculously small, and the physical act of finding a comfortable sight line over his massive snout frustrates him Nevertheless the Minotaur is haunted by the idea that books and reading might make those vast stretches of time that loom before himbearable The Minotaur is scarred by eternity, from a long life of moving from place to place for thousands of years, plying the always in demand trade of cooking, never really fitting in or being close to anyone His bulls head, with its thick bovine tongue, makes communication challenging for M, and he is painfully self conscious, longing for closeness and friendship with others at the same time as he fears it This is a story of great pathos and gentleness, a delectable slow burn of a story that is hypnotic in its rhythms and its blend of slow southern minimum wage life with M s struggles, sadness and hopes Sherrill will make you care for M, and he will make M s hopes your own By the end of the novel you ll be cheering for The Minotaur to break out of his isolation, to make the connections he so deeply craves.As you can probably tell, I really liked this book The Minotaur takes a Cigarette Break isthan just a great story it is also a story well told In the hands of a lesser writer this book could have headed down a kinetic, thunderbolts and grand conspiracy potboiler route Under Sherrill s careful touch this a beautiful story of being different, of friendship and trying to find a place in the world I ve given this book as a gift, and I ve encouraged many others to read it It s real gem, a thoughtful, smart and memorable story that is like nothing else I have read in short, it s genuinely special, and I loved it


  7. Bill Bill says:

    this is yet another fabulous book that i found out about while browsing through goodreads just based on the title alone i had to read it.as neither my local library or my local bookstore had it what a surprise , i immediately got in my car and drove to a library that is one hour away from where i live, specifically to get this book while i was there i took out 15 other books, but that s another story.this book is 312 pages long and i lay on my couch and read the whole thing in one sitting i this is yet another fabulous book that i found out about while browsing through goodreads just based on the title alone i had to read it.as neither my local library or my local bookstore had it what a surprise , i immediately got in my car and drove to a library that is one hour away from where i live, specifically to get this book while i was there i took out 15 other books, but that s another story.this book is 312 pages long and i lay on my couch and read the whole thing in one sitting i didn t get up to eat or drink and i don t think i even went to the bathroom that s how great i think it is.first off, it s one of the best titles i ve ever seen for a book if that doesn t grab your attention, i don t know what will.as for the novel itself, amazingly enough, it is actually about a minotaur.just called M throughout the book, he has the body of a man and the head of a bull, and he works as a line chef in grub s diner.nothing surprising about that is there or , that in his spare time, he fixes cars what about the fact that he s 5000 years old and immortal after all, warren zevon saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at trader vic s,so none of the above should seem out of the ordinary, should they as well as his physical condition, he also can t talk very well, so these two attributes combined render him very shy and inarticulate and his horns have a bad habit of sticking into things that they shouldn t as a result, he is almost continually having to endure shit and abuse from the normal human population, just like anyone does who s different or shy in real life.i know this from personal experience.this is quite simply a brilliant novel, exceptionally well written, especially for a debut novel.i m not going to tell you anythingabout the plot or how the book ends, you ll just have to read it for yourself and i strongly recommend you do so.i hope the author writes many, manybooks because i will read them all


  8. Mary Mary says:

    Problems arise when the monster is humanized.Our gentle giant, of half man half bull configuration, lives quietly in a sun burnt, fly swatting trailer park of the American south He s lived everywhere at least once He s watched us all evolve and devolve He fixes cars He carves beef He yearns The story trickles like a stifling summer afternoon From the squeaking vinyl seats in the car, the lack of ventillation in the trailer, the mini golf and strawberry shakes on a balmy evening I just si Problems arise when the monster is humanized.Our gentle giant, of half man half bull configuration, lives quietly in a sun burnt, fly swatting trailer park of the American south He s lived everywhere at least once He s watched us all evolve and devolve He fixes cars He carves beef He yearns The story trickles like a stifling summer afternoon From the squeaking vinyl seats in the car, the lack of ventillation in the trailer, the mini golf and strawberry shakes on a balmy evening I just simply loved reading this I loved the crystal clear restaurant kitchen and trailer park yard and the way I seemed to feel almost as icky and bothered as the characters And though there were many lessons to take as the human part of M struggled with weaknesses much too human for the bull part of him to comprehend like, why is acceptance so important to us In the Minotaur s mind the allegiance of men is pathetic Is terrifying Is seductive Is unattainable. , I was left to ponder just what level of inappropriate it was that by the final page I was really craving steak


  9. Mark Mark says:

    I am the Minotaur.In 1990, when this book is set, I was twelve thirteen years old I was just entering middle school Sitting there amid the wide wooden bleachers where my folks had once sat during high school pep rallies the school downshifted to a middle school the year after my folks graduated , I couldn t help but imagine what it would be like to know these people sitting around me, people I had already traveled with through six previous grades counting kindergarten Around me there was n I am the Minotaur.In 1990, when this book is set, I was twelve thirteen years old I was just entering middle school Sitting there amid the wide wooden bleachers where my folks had once sat during high school pep rallies the school downshifted to a middle school the year after my folks graduated , I couldn t help but imagine what it would be like to know these people sitting around me, people I had already traveled with through six previous grades counting kindergarten Around me there was nervous chatter, who was going out for cheerleading, who was sure to be the quarterback for the junior varsity football team It was nervous, yes but it was assured I sat and listened, and the only thing I could think was Get me the hell out of here, grade school was hard enough Oh, grade wise, it was easy enough So easy it was usually dull But socially No way While I contemplated these things, a mythic beast was traveling the American south, a long way from home if home he had , and besides geographically, the only thing that separated us was a gulf of some four thousand nine hundred eighty seven years Because emotionally, mentally, we were right there, occupying the same small quad of space reserved for the hopelessly awkward Perhaps that s why we were all continually falling on our faces, all trying to occupy that same, small metaphysical space Having just finished Paul Murray s phenomenal Skippy Dies, I thought there would never be or possibly far, far off another character with whose awkwardness I felt so connected But fate, with it s awkward, bovine eyes saw fit to share with me the wonderful, heart wrenching story of the Minotaur I would like to thank Madeleine for her beautiful review and recommendation of this novel I hesitate to mention anything about the plot that couldn t be gleaned from a quick perusal of The Minotaur s GoodReads page because part of the magic is, like living inside this awkward skin, never knowing what to expect For those that found themselves sitting there among the bleachers, discussing nervously with their friends who was going out for cheerleading, and leaning back, tossing a band of well brushed hair behind her shoulder, to ask the group of boys just behind her if they ve decided yet who will be the quarterback, for those who were or sat among these people, be forewarned you may not understand It may not be in your capacity to experience or fathom the sense of awkwardity that has hounded the other side of life, almost since the day we were born But for those who understand the Minotaur s plight all too well, this will read like a secreted journal of your own life s reckoning


  10. Keith Keith says:

    This is the second book I ve picked up at Barnes and Noble recently, read the first page and didn t immediately vomit blood Then I came back to the store a second time, readand still did not kill myself I regard this as an overwhemingly ringing endorsement, and shocked myself by actually buying the thing I mean, it has a trendy title and cute cover and everything And it s written in the present tense What the fuck am I doing Goddamit, I will be eating buckets of my own ejaculate bl This is the second book I ve picked up at Barnes and Noble recently, read the first page and didn t immediately vomit blood Then I came back to the store a second time, readand still did not kill myself I regard this as an overwhemingly ringing endorsement, and shocked myself by actually buying the thing I mean, it has a trendy title and cute cover and everything And it s written in the present tense What the fuck am I doing Goddamit, I will be eating buckets of my own ejaculate blended with a smooth puree of pages from McSweeney s in no time.UPDATE.So I finished it I feel weird about really liking it, but I really liked it I shouldn t have it s sort of slow and plotless and is basically equal parts Sling Blade, Edward Scissorhands, Powder, and whatever other ugly freak we see ourselves in story you can think of So really, it should have been no better than an overlong 80 s movie, meaning that at its best you could have called it well crafted and been done with it before real praise got handed out.However, for whatever reason, the book is good Seriously, it has no real right to be But it s frustratingly readable, frustrating soul pokey I actually feelblecheffected by this book and I m not quite sure why.I will say that every time you think you know what the next sequence in the book is going to be like and you ve worked out how that s going to narrow the focus of the story, you re wrong And that s a clever trick It may be enough that your brain has to work so hard to imagine the Minotaur amid the trailer park mundanity that the book pushes you along despite itself But I take heart in the fact that this book has the shittiest, most ill suited cover in the world The appalling lack of good sense in this regard brings a sort of everyday realism that makes this otherwise ephemeral storypalatable, and if you see the unspoken metaphor I m drawing here between the physical book and its main character, hooray Snaps for you Now go back to your McSweeney s I hear all six copies of their new Encyclopedia Craptannica multi volume new issue have sold out, but they re going up on Ebay already so you better run