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The Minotaur's Son & Other Wild Tales

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"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
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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."
–Anonymous

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
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Peter
Imaginative
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 gen
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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! : )
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Fran
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 Twenty-Second C
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Neale
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 two
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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 appearance
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Cheri
Edit: This book cover is on a list for the most beautiful, stunning book covers. If you love it, too, please vote!
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(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 Fletche
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Ceecee
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
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Marialyce
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2020
If you are looking for something that will take you away, something that will make you giggle, and something that will leave a number of ah-ha moments, then you must take a walk a bit on the wild tale side with Kevin Ansbro's short story collection. I had such fun with this group of short stories and since fun seems to be in short supply these days, I so appreciated the ability to be sucked in, mesmerized and even had times of laugh out loud loveliness.

“A woman is like an ocean, sir, beautiful t
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Leila
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
Jason
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
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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 sto
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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 themselv ...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.
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Blair
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Ansbro's eclectic collection of short stories is imaginative and entertaining. With colorful lively prose, the author is slick with a simile and mean with a metaphor. Humorous throughout, some of the stories poignant, many infused with a childish sense of wonderment and magic, all were enthralling. ...more
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 we ...more
Nigel
Excellent, highly recommended.
This collection of short stories encompass an impressive range - from sci-fi to everyday drama, with some magical realism thrown in. Some are fables, some are tall tales, and there is also a bit of wish-fulfilment! All are well-written, witty and very readable - I frequently found myself chuckling at Mr Ansbro's turn of phrase.
Quite a few stories I would have liked a lot more of, so will be looking forward to reading his other books which I think are novels (rather
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Marc
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I really enjoyed this wonderful collection of short stories. They took me around the world and to different times and some made me laugh, others made me sad, and some were quite dark. I enjoyed them so much I didn't want to plow through and read the whole book in one sitting, although I very easily could have done so. What I especially appreciated were the diverse types of stories -- they were definitely wild tales! I highly recommend this book and a sincere thank you to Kevin Ansbro for providi ...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
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Amy
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 force
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Tina-Marie Miller
I am an avid fan of author Kevin Ansbro (The Fish That Climbed A Tree was the most outstanding read of 2019 for me), and his latest release did not disappoint.

This author has a strong voice and the unique way in which he weaves each tale in The Minotaur’s Son I found to be entertaining and at times bewitching. I really enjoyed the diversity and unpredictability of this collection. The stories evoked a range of emotions and I found myself gasping in surprise several times.

I would certainly gift t
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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 in ...more
Wendy Slater
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Short Stories! Brilliant, Funny, and Imaginative!

Kevin Ansbro’s newest book, “The Minotaur’s Son & other wild tales”, is an outstanding collection of short stories. While each tale is completely unique and brilliantly shines on its own, the author has created a powerful continuity with all the stories in this collection. Ansbro is a writer who brilliantly excels in the genre of magical realism with both this collection and his other outstanding books. With “The Minotaur’s Son & other w
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Alexandra
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of short stories, but must admit, The Minotaur's Son & Other Wild Tales is one of the best short stories collection I have ever read! This book is a wonderful experience! Highly recommended! ...more
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
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Paul E. Morph
This is a really good collection of short stories that I enjoyed a great deal. The author has a really broad scope, giving us works in many different genres and settings from every corner of the globe and beyond. While you’ll always like some more than others in any short story collection, I’d give this a solid 4 stars overall. Individual ratings and a few notes below:

1. ‘The Siren Call’ – an amusing little tale, portraying how young boys will still be young boys even in the afterlife; while the
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Robin
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 Wi
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Amy
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
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Alison
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 imme
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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
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I was born of Irish parents, and have also 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 rad
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