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The Minotaur's Son: & other wild tales

4.76  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  47 reviews
"Once the evening's entertainment was over the Minotaur, as naked as Nature intended, clumped into Pablo Zapata's bar..."

A baby with a passion for theoretical physics...

A winged nymph who exacts terrible revenge...

A stolen coin that releases a wish-granting genie...

And where else would you see Ginger Rogers learning the Ali shuffle, or a humble fisherman making friends
Paperback, 284 pages
Published September 27th 2019 by 2qt Limited (Publishing)
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Kimber Silver
Five brilliantly shining stars! My favorite read of the year!!

"We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too."

As I closed the gorgeous cover of this book, I find that more exact words were never written. I have been swept away by mermaids, lost in a faraway world with a space-travelling cowboy and found myself in tears over a love that could not be. Kevin Ansbro has indeed taken me on a journey from Cornwall to Phuket and nearly every exciting place in-between. Reading The
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Minotaur's Son: & other wild tales is a book of short stories that is unbounded in its imagination and entertainment. A collection of tales that I want to imagine being told around the metaphorical campfire, late at night, when the teller want to enthral and beguile their listeners. Stories that cause us to think that little bit deeper and wonder what we would do in those situations.

From ancient Greece to outer space, from Poseidon to Kevin himself, from the Minotaur’s son to
Kevin Ansbro
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone who is bored with watching paint dry.
Oh, come on, Goodreads! : )
Inviting an author to review his own book is like asking a fox to look after your hens!
It beggars belief, it really does, and I don't approve of it one bit. No, siree!
My inner voice beseeched me to do the ethical thing and award this dreary offering just one humble star, that I may be a beacon for all that is good and virtuous in this conceited world.
Then I told myself to stop being such a crybaby and fill it up to the top! So I did! : )
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"A book doesn't come alive until it is being read"-Kevin Ansbro

An eclectic reader will arguably wander from his/her comfort zone, at times, to explore new genres. For me, the mark of an awesome read is one that can create a vivid picture in my mind's eye. "The Minotaur's Son: & other wild tales" by Kevin Ansbro is "distinctly flavorful" in the hands of this masterful wordsmith. The wild tales are set in different locales ranging from Ancient Greece, 328 BC to teleportation to the
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Minotaur’s Son & other wild tales is a collection of short quirky stories. Hmmm, perhaps “quirky” is an understatement, or perhaps the wrong word completely. It might be easier just to give you the gist of the stories and you will get the idea.

The first story, The Siren Call finds the ghost of five-year dead teenager, Jacob Fletcher, sitting on a fisherman’s roof by the sea talking to a cat and a bat. Yes, I did say cat and bat. The teenager, despite frantic attempts from his father and
Nat K
Oops, he did it again. 5 plus. What a ride!
As Richie Benaud would say "Marvellous".

When a book opens with a story about a lad who is stuck in the netherworld after drowning, features a talking cat & a mermaid keening her siren's call, you know you're in for an absolute treat.

Shapeshifters, a wolverine, a conman, a disco dancing space captain, some time travel, a wish-granting genie, an extraterrestrial, an overworked salaryman, a party bore... they're all here. Even Poseidon makes an
Edit: This book cover is on a list for the most beautiful, stunning book covers. If you love it, too, please vote!
(And many thanks to Nat, who found the link to this after I'd lost it!)

My favourite books are the ones where I fall in love with them within the first few pages. This one grabbed me from, more or less, the first sentence.

Fifteen years old and adrift from our world, with only a conceited cat and a tatty-winged bat for company, Jacob Fletcher
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an eclectic mix of stories peppered with plenty of humour and some really good twists that I enjoyed. We have a ghost with a mermaid seductress, a space traveler who goes backwards in time, a coin with a genie, a vampire, a leprechaun to name but a few! The Minotaurs son with his hat is an image I’ll remember for a long time! We even had KK’s copious rear end appearing in a very unlikely location!!

I like the fact that the stories go backwards and forwards in time there’s one with Greek
In this his 4th book, Kevin Ansbro has produced a selection of short stories, every one of them, unique and different yet also all of them written in his magical writing style. I love his metaphors. Sometimes they are hilarious, others can reduce me to tears. The quality of these short stories is sky high.I found myself dipping into this one rather than reading it straight through and I savoured every one of his quirky tales. That for me was how I felt it needed to be read. When the book arrived ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
The Minotaur's Son or as I call it "The 23 lives of Kevin Ansbro" that's right folks I've unlocked the secret of this book: 23 mini biographies chronicling the many lives that Kevin has lived throughout time. The trick is identifying which one is him, farmer or leprechaun? Dance master or shapeshifting queen? The only way you're gonna find out is to read the book yourself.

As for the book itself, it is wonderful, every single story draws you in and there is no way in hell you're gonna be able to
Glenda Ricord
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book of short stories was terrific. There's something for every taste and a moral to every story.

I finished this wonderful book of short stories in a couple of days. I met a 15-year old deceased boy, Jacob Fletcher who resides on the rooftop of a cottage with his only company being a conceited cat and a tatty winged bat. I also meet a mermaid who seduces Jacob. This is my favorite story in the book.

Also, a favorite is the time-traveling cowboy, Chuck Montana. I laughed throughout this
Daniel Adam Garwood
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The latest offering from Kevin Ansbro is an anthology of twenty-three short stories, the vast majority of which are quite stunning. In most of the stories, he moves out of his usual comfort zone of ‘magical realism’ and demonstrates proficiency in other genres. The stories not only span the continents, but the galaxy and some 2,500 years. Each atmospheric tale feels like a novel redacted to the crucial scenes. The detailed settings and characters are established swiftly, but the stories ...more
Betsy Robinson
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Betsy by: Cheri
If you need a divertissement (and I did), here it is. This is a wide-ranging collection of stories, folktales, and one nonfiction slice-of-life piece that are both quaint and fantastical, funny and sad, and realistic and unrealistic. The writing sparkles; it feels as if author Kevin Ansbro was writing to amuse and delight himself, and that joy infuses the words.

Thanks to Cheri for her winning review.
Anthea Syrokou
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading this eclectic selection of short stories was a beautiful and fruitful adventure. As I read, I encountered detours that led to foreign places: some in the present, others in times of long ago, or in made-up worlds with celestial and exotic creatures. I was so impressed, once again, with the author’s ability to place the reader right in the story and in the creative settings as I was swept away, not by one, but all of these interesting and beautiful fables. One moment, I felt like I was ...more
Susan Sage
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once you’ve entered this wild and enchanting book of short stories, you won’t want to leave…Every tale transports the reader to a wide range of settings, from the Juicy Booty discotheque in Brooklyn in 1977 to a fishing village in Ancient Greece. Credible characters in incredible situations pop off the page and you feel like they’re in the room with you, telling you their humorous and always magical tales. We meet shapeshifters and travel in time…Babies talk, as well as cats and bats.

While each
Cynthia Hamilton
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When short stories are done right, they can be one of the most enjoyable forms of entertainment there is. That is certainly the case with Kevin Ansbro’s enchanting collection of tales in “The Minotaur’s Son.” Without exception, each story immediately drew me in from the first sentence and had me captivated until the end. Not only is every story a perfectly crafted glimpse at man, humanity, creatures and realms unknown, each one completely swept me off my feet, carrying me across the globe and ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book full of wonderful stories, many of them with the feel of a fable. They are set all over the world in different eras, from ancient Greece to the space age. There is some absolutely amazing writing here, just beautiful and clever turns of phrase. These are worlds where mermaids, space aliens, and yes, even minotaurs, are real and walking (or swimming) among humans; where shapeshifters shift and time travel is a thing.

I can't really name a favorite, they are all so good, but if
Lars Dradrach
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
4 stars for the stories and an additional one for a short story collection that works.

Kevin takes on the difficult short story genre, which for me is a little like going to a restaurant and order only starters.

Normally i stay away from these as i find myself, wanting each story to be expanded into a "real" story or finding them too short and abrupt to really matter.

I actually enjoyed this collection, with a few exceptions the stories comes together as a coherent whole, each story has some kind
Sherrie Lowe
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely collection of short stories! So diverse and with Mr Ansbro's special touch of magic. I have read all of this author's books and this one is of course up to his usual inimitable standard. Hard to choose a favourite but Waiting for Ryan just jumped out for me as I'm sure it will for any fans of Kinnara. As always the author's writing style and use of language is superb. I especially loved a description of the sea, 'pleated with exhausted waves' absolutely beautiful! A joy to read and ...more
Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: randr
[English review + Reseña en español]

The Minotaur's Son & other wild tales, by Kevin Ansbro.
2QT Limited 2019.
184 pages
Genres: Short Fictional Stories Collection

In The Minotaur's Son & other wild tales one can find a delicious and splendid buffet of short stories with flavors that range from the astonishment of the fantastic, the passion of first love, the joy of life, the despair of human nature and the strangeness of the impossibility, to the aftertaste of the most sincere crying.

Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of short stories, but I won't be sharing specific details about them because, as I quickly discovered when I was reading this book, it's a real (and rare) treat to not have any idea what kind of story is coming next. The author effortlessly navigates from genre to genre, covers myriad time periods and locales, and even delves into poignancy and pathos while eschewing all that is maudlin.

Within just a paragraph or two at the start of each piece, the reader is immersed into
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
READER ALERT: Watch out for small, chuckling water pigs, for whom hiccups are a mating call ...

JD Salinger said: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.” On his website, Kevin Ansbro, author of novels, “The Fish That Climbed a Tree,” and “Kinnara,” highlights this quote. I must say, in his new book, “The Minotaur’s Son and Other
A.E.M. A.E.M.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-authors
As wild as it is true to life, The Minotaur's Son is superb literature.

I'm always interested in an Ansbro book, but I was doubly interested in this one when I heard that it was a collection of short stories. I thought it was fantastic. It was everything Ansbro in tiny bites, and I'm excited to have this collection in my e library so whenever I feel like enjoying the author's magic, I can do so.

It's one thing to bring magic to long story, but to do so correctly in a short bite takes a different
Alastor Moopy
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an eclectic collection of stories and oh, so much fun! It includes elements of horror, folklore and sci-fi, all shot through with dark humor and wit. With such a varied palette you might expect to find a few bland notes but surprisingly, every story has enough twists to keep you engaged. There is triumph and tragedy and it's anyone's guess which one will befall the characters first.
The macabre tone of ' Hiding in Plain Sight' and 'Brian the Bigot' put me in mind of Stephen Kings,
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes! This has everything, and more, I expect from a book of short stories - morals, shapeshifters, leprechauns, real life (with a twist) - EVERYTHING! I devoured this because each story is enticing and snappy, you always have time for just one more ...
I enjoy Kevin's quirkiness in making the absolute nonsense of something highly entertaining and believable - he just gets straight to the point that he is making. Despite being a succssful author of novels, two of which I have read and enjoyed
Only really enjoyed some of the stories eg the man with 3 wishes. The others I read were to far beyond the barrier of plausibility. To be fair I am not one who enjoys fantasy books or alternative history books. Even though I enjoy some science fiction it must end at the 'could be plausible' stage.
If you're looking for a book that will offer a sampling of all fares, this genre-hopping collection of short stories is sure to satisfy your hunger. From the first story, The Siren Call, you're introduced to an unusual melange of characters. Jacob, the lonely (and horny) ghost of a teen drowning victim hangs out with his bat and cat friend who warn him against trusting a mermaid. Intriguing already, right? On top of that, the writing is very well done, too.

"Jacob remembered too his own profound
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic collection of short stories on a wide range of themes from Mr Ansbro's wildly imaginative mind. He has previously made a couple of these available to read already via his Goodreads blog; Kardashian's Bottom and Fiona's birthday - which was already a favourite of mine. I particularly enjoyed Waiting For Ryan, not only because there is a cameo appearance of a favourite character from Kevin's previous book Kinnara, but it was such a bittersweet story. (And they shared the same birthdays!) ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Minotaur's Son & other wild tales is the 3rd book I have read of Kevin Ansbro, and as the others, I was not disappointed. Ansbro has a flair for words, and for drawing you out of this world into a supernatural world . There were moments when I laughed out loud. Several times, his stories pulling at my heart.strings. He took opened my world to a talking cat, a bat, and a mermaid, transforming normal life to that of amazing adventures in faraway places. I especially loved the story about ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by my Twitter friend Kevin Ansbro! Thank you Kevin, loved it!
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I was born of Irish parents, and have lived in Malaysia and Germany.
My formal education was at Hamond's Grammar School in Swaffham, and at the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology (Stephen Fry being a much more famous former student).
I write in the magical realism genre, meshing otherworldliness into the harshness of our real world. I also like to handcuff humour and tragedy to the same
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