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Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson
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it was amazing

I love Greek mythology and I came to this retelling of the Minotaur with eager expectation. I wasn't disappointed.

Using restrained 1st person narration, Asterion tells the story of his life to the poet Ovid. Simpson cleverly captures a sense of distance/detachment/perspective in Ast's voice. He's looking back 1000 years and while he suffered terribly, he has moved on. The telling is a ritual of putting the past to rest.

We are given key events that establish Asterion's true nature, the contrast in this physical size/strength set against his gentleness and shyness. We see the foundation of cruelty and injustice inflicted by Minos. Theseus introduction sets the story humming. His recklessness, boldness and wrath work as a counterpoint to Asterion's caution, reluctance and mercy.

Asterion's time in the Labyrinth was what I most looked forward to and I found this part of the story especially satisfying. The inclusion of Daedalus and Icarus's storyline had me rapt and all the clever details that went into creating the 'myth' of the fearsome Minotaur.

I looked forward to whenever I could next pick up the book. The story quickly captured my interest and never flagged. It poked at all my buttons, offending my sense of justice, making me turn pages hungry for Asterion's vindication and freedom. It was a pleasure to read.
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Reading Progress

September 20, 2015 – Shelved
September 20, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
October 20, 2015 – Started Reading
October 20, 2015 –
page 10
3.6% "So, I love Ast already. Is it too soon to say so?"
October 20, 2015 –
page 36
12.95% "The injustices are about to pile up and I will be gnashing my teeth."
October 21, 2015 –
page 84
30.22% "The people I hate are forming a long queue. I hope Asterion gets to gore every single one of them. And where the hell is Poseidon?!"
October 21, 2015 –
page 124
44.6% "Theseus. It starts well, at least."
October 21, 2015 –
page 138
49.64% "Methods for killing were gruesome and bloody. Down with bandits and time for Asterion to swing his club, me thinks."
October 21, 2015 –
page 164
58.99% "Greece was rife with lunatic bandits!"
October 21, 2015 –
page 179
64.39% "Theseus is fanning the games of his own glory and I'm waiting for everything to go tits up."
October 22, 2015 –
page 197
70.86% "Oh crappers."
October 22, 2015 –
page 232
83.45% "Horns are a hazard, people. A hazard."
October 22, 2015 –
page 244
87.77% "Rat friend :-("
October 23, 2015 –
page 311
100% "Why? Why, Ast! Are you determined to be miserable?!"
October 23, 2015 –
page 311
100% "Heavens to Betsy! You sneak, Phillip W Simpson!"
October 23, 2015 – Finished Reading

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