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Bull
Bull | David Elliott
SEE THE STORY OF THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT Minos thought he could Pull a fast one On me, Poseidon! God of the Sea! But I’m the last one On whom you Should try such a thing. The nerve of that guy. The balls. The audacity. I AM THE OCEAN! I got capacity! Depths! Darkness! Delphic power! So his sweet little plan Went big-time sour And his wife had a son Born with horns and a muzzle Who ended up In an underground puzzle. What is it with you mortals? You just can’t seem to learn: If you play with fire, babies, You’re gonna get burned. Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology's most infamous monsters.
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mhslibrarylady
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I started this this morning and I‘m already about halfway through. I brought home way too many books for summer break, so I‘m trying to read the quick ones first!

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Interesting take on the myth. Written in verse so it‘s a quick read.

Shvonne I just bought his second book about Joan of Arc. I‘m excited to read it 1mo
gibblr @Shvonne I have the ARC of that but haven‘t read it yet. Didn‘t even realize it was by him, so now I‘m more excited! 1mo
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pocketmermaid
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I have to read about a billion YA books in four weeks for a committee (ok, actually 43.) I‘m really enjoying this novel-in-verse about the Minotaur! Think “Hamilton” meets Greek mythology. And to think I wouldn‘t have picked this up if it weren‘t on my reading list.

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Alfrazier21
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I really enjoyed this book! Bull is the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, but told in verse by multiple characters (Poseidon, Minos, Pasiphae, Asterion, etc.). This was one of those books that I found myself wanting to read out loud as each character had their own style of verse.

#GreekMythology #Verse #YAfiction

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Alfrazier21
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I‘m only 13 pages in, but this book is so fun! Bull is the retelling of the Minotaur myth, but in verse. So far it‘s a unique and entertaining read!!

#greekmythology #verse #YAfiction

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Redjewel_7734
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This permutation of the story of the Minataur is pure delight. I love Elliott's take on the story & the personalities he imbues to the players. His use of different poetic forms to individulize & personalize these characters is so spot on. I couldn't stop reading it & will definitely be revisiting this one again & again.

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Read66
Bull | David Elliott
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It took me a few pages to get used to the tone the author uses to tell this classic story of the Minotaur but once I got to that point this was a really enjoyable young adult novel in verse.

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AshleyKorinE
Bull | David Elliott
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Verse novel of the Minotaur story. It‘s got all the characters and an interesting take on ancient Greek relationships with their Gods. I enjoyed the book, it was a super fast read, and I felt got the entire of “what in the world is going on” feel pretty right.

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HippieChickHomeschool
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Theseus and the Minotaur retold in verse, but the Bull is the good guy. It has a cool, almost hip hop feel with enough bad language thrown in to make it feel subversive (to the YA audience). We got a free copy from our library, but I wish I had it on audio. Verse seems to pop more when professionally read.

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everlocalwest
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Entertaining but not great. Elliott added a lot of story points, some were great (Asterion and Ariadne!) but then he maintained an unhealthy level of misogyny, and I can only wonder why. That's what kept me from loving it because the verse is clever and fun. Still a pick though...

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The.Intentional.Reader
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A great modern retelling of the Minotaur and Theseus. I really enjoyed how much depth the author have to the Asterion (the Minotaur). It is very humorous and kept my attention til the last sentence. I read the book in less then a day. This is a good one and that's no bull 🐂

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monkeygirlsmama
Bull | David Elliott
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I had a hard time narrowing down my #jubilantjuly Day 2: Best of 2017 so far list; so here are most of my ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reads of the year to date. 😊 @RealLifeReading

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Kristy_K
Bull | David Elliott
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While I enjoyed this satirical telling of the Minotaur, I found some of the diction and constant rhyming grated on me. However, the author explains why he chose each type of poetic form for the different characters and it made me appreciate his creativeness. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#greekmythology #myths #verse #poetry

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Shvonne
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Reasons I love this book
1. A YA epic poem retelling of the Minotaur myth
2. The white bull that starts sets story in motion eventually becomes the Taurus constellation. It's like the book was written just for me. 😄♉️

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JacintaMCarter
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#2017Book114
Told in the style of an epic poem, Bull provides a humorous retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Elliott switches perspectives between the key players in the myth, giving each one a distinct poetic style. This would be a great way to introduce high school students to this myth, but be warned, there's quite a bit of coarse language and sexual innuendo.

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Teenreadsdotcom
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This is what our reviewer had to say about #Bull "David Elliott tells the myth of the Minotaur unlike anything attempted before....Not only did this retelling evoke emotion, it was told in an immersive way, with each page containing a surprise...."

bookloo This is an awesome cover. 🖤 2y
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volatilestatic
Bull | David Elliott
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#readathon book 2. This was AMAZING! Hilarious and brilliant. Definitely buying a copy for my library.

Also in the vein of my other commentaries on classical works: everyone in Ancient Greece was an asshole, which explains a lot about Western Civilization. Just saying.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
Bull | David Elliott
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The idea behind this book was cool, a retelling of the minotaur myth. And it was written with different types of poetry for each characters speaking voice. But the whole book was in stanzas and lines. Second book like this I have out from the library right now. Is it a trend? A new thing? A very old thing being done again for some reason I don't understand?

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Waynegjr
Bull | David Elliott
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This was surprisingly enjoyable. So I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology, so maybe I was predisposed to like this, but I thought it was cleverly constructed, very readable, and super fun.

seebiscan This sounds so fun! 2y
Vikz I really love that cover 2y
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Waynegjr
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LeahBergen 😂 2y
Amyegia Ew what 2y
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Waynegjr
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This YA novel in verse reselling of the myth of Thesus and the Minotaur has a promising beginning 😏

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lauras.enchanted.library
Bull | David Elliott
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This was so much better than I could have hoped for. I'm not going to lie, in the beginning I wasn't sure how I felt, but then as the story progressed I couldn't help but picturing this entire story being told in a theater and performed. With Poseidon as the narrator and the other actors playing their parts in separate scenes, and completely told in verse, this was just a beautiful and dark story that had me hooked from the beginning. ❤❤

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lauras.enchanted.library
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It's like they're all participating in a rap battle!! This is so clever!!

Edit: Ok, so (spoiler free) Poseidon is narrating this story, breaking fourth wall, and the rest of them are like playing their parts in the story. I AM LOVING THIS.

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monkeygirlsmama
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5/5 ⭐️Freed from the confines of traditional storytelling or novel writing form, Bull is written entirely in various styles of poetic verse. Each chapter is written from the viewpoint of one of the main characters, w/a crass and snarky Poseidon leading the charge. By adding details where there were none already, Elliott grew the story while maintaining the integrity of the original myth of the Minotaur, and in doing so made this myth come alive.🐮

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monkeygirlsmama
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This book rocks and I'm not even one chapter in. The whole story is told through poetic verse, and it's hilarious. 😎

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monkeygirlsmama
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It looks to be a cold, dreary weekend. So here's my social calendar. 😎😁

#InfiniteJestBuddyRead #hpchapteraday

britt_brooke 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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What Gardner's GRENDEL did for Beowulf, what WIDE SARGASSO SEA did for mad Mrs. Rochester, Elliott's YA tour de force does for the Minotaur. In vivid, brash, often profane, but totally accessible verse, the tale of the mythical monster is retold for a modern audience, with Poseidon as our braggadocious narrator. A strange and special book that will stay with the reader - and now I want Elliott "translations" of all the Greek tragedies and legends!

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Humanatea
Bull | David Elliott
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I picked this book up for its cover, but I'm staying for the hilarious writing! Allan Wolf says it "does for mythology what HAMILTON has done for U.S. History" and he's right because it's in verse!! I've been quietly rapping to myself since I started reading! ?

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