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!
Interesting take on the myth. Written in verse so it‘s a quick read.
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.
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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.
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.
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...
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 🐂
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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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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.
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?
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. ❤❤
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.🐮
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!