The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
The Hungry Labyrinth
Thread #00000001: Started by ARIADNE at xxx p.m. xxx xxx BC GMT
‘No one realised that the book and the labyrinth were one and the same …’ – who said thIs and about what?
What’s going on? Where am I?
Hi? Is there anyone else here …?
Pls reply ...
I see that I have been "liked". What does that mean?
This is weird.
I'm here - can't you hear my voice echoing down the labyrinth of years..
Here’s the thing: I don’t know what to feel about this book. It frustrates me; it frustrates me to no end after reading. You see, I didn’t get it. No, that's not true, because I did, really, generally get it. But that’s the thing, see – it’s the surface things that I understood, but for anyone who’s ever read Victor Pelevin, there’s always more to his books, and The He ...more
In The Helmet of Horror Victor Pelevin re-sets the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur in a very modern setting -- what has the appearance of an Internet chatroom. After a 'Mythcellaneous' prologue, the entire text consists of dialogue, between a group of people who find themselves in similar mysterious circumstances, isolated, and connected only to each other via computer screen and keyboard.
It's not quite the Internet but it's quite a group, and it al ...more
Kirjassa seurataan käytännössä vain hahmojen chattikeskustelua, kun he kertovat omista kokemuk ...more
Characters emerge during dialogues reflecting back to them their discourse, which revolves round aimlessly seeking explanations, sharing hallucinations and possible ways out of the labyrinth, a pun on ...more
I underestimated the mental energy required for this book - I snuggled into bed late at night, realising it was written as a series of online discussion threads, thinking it would be nice, wind-down reading. Instead, I found I had to sta ...more
A group of very different people are locked into a labyrinth that reflects their own personalities. They can communicate with each other through an online chatroom. The text of the book is what they write to each other as they're trying to figure out how they got there and why they're there.
I was a little disappointed in the ending. Like a deflated wet balloon, b ...more
Allegedly, A.S. Byatt, Chinua Achebe and Donna Tartt have or will have books in this series, but ...more
The style in which the book is written - as a chat room - is quite unique and at the same time mundane in this ...more
I don't know exactly what the problem is, but there's something mildly off here. Looking back, I'm wondering why I haven't given in 4 stars; it was everything a retelling should be- close enough to the original to make it relevant but different enough to add a new layer of depth (not to men ...more
As far as I'm concerned, the heart of the story was about understanding ourselves, our perception of reality, and how we think/behave throug ...more
I knew really nothing about Theseus and the Minotaur before reading this book, which I'm sure didn't help anything at all. In this book everything is up for interp ...more
The book is written in chatlog format as the main characters' only method of communication is an instant messenger. They have all found themselves in ancient Greek garb, in individual rooms/cells with differing exteriors. Despite early promise, these labyrinths were not compelling, and, frankly, ...more
The concept is unique as hell. Written in a chatroom style and having no chapters, this book is very easy to read. There's no descriptions to wade through, just the characters' descriptions of their own laybrinths and experiences -- which can get tedious at times. The conversations fe ...more
So okay, this is a riff on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur except it actually reads more like a riff on Cube and N.K. Jemisin's "Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows." And then in the last ten pages or so, it goes somewhere EVEN MORE curious.
And I'm still trying to figure out exactly what happened and what it meant. It's a puzzle-box of a book.
(view spoiler)[(So, all the main characters were in cahoots and they've done or attempted to do this before? It seems to me the labyrinth game ...more
The philosophy behind it is cliché, everyone has always said the same thing (I wont spoil it by telling any new readers) however the way Pelevin chooses to entice the reader into his way of thinking is very unique... but it doesn't always work. I found this book hard t ...more
Atšķīru nejaušu darba lapaspusi un uz mani savādām acīm lūkojās dīvaina darba struktūra, kuras analogs varētu būt scenārijs vai luga.
Nedaudz palasīju un redzēju, ka tēlu vārdi ir fiksēti aizdomīgi familiārā manierē, kura bija savādā kontekstā, ņemot vērā to, ka turu rokās grāmatu.
Nolēmu izlasīt prologu:
"Viņi nekad nav satikušies, viņiem ir dīvaini "niki", viņi dzīvo id ...more
"Victor Olegovich Pelevin is a Russian fiction writer. His books usually carry the outward conventions of the science fiction genre, but are used to construct involved, multi-layered postmodernist texts, fusing together elements of pop culture and esoteric philosophies. Some critics relate his prose to the New Sincerity and New Realism literary movements." (Wikipe ...more