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A modern retelling of the Greek classic, Theseus and the Minotaur myth, told in verse.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9780544610606
Characteristics: 189 pages ; 22 cm.


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mko123 Dec 20, 2017

This author does to the Greek myths what Lin Manuel-Miranda did to Hamilton. This story -done-in-verse of trechory, betrayal and a pernicious Poseidon has all the vim and energy of a current rap song.

Austenite1975 Dec 06, 2017

I enjoy retellings that give the reader a new perspective on an old story, and this is one of my new favorites! Told in verse, using a vernacular familiar to teens, this story made me really feel for the minotaur.

AL_LESLEY Aug 20, 2017

A super quick and fun look at the story of theseus and the minotaur in quirky silly and sometimes dirty verse!

Lisa_Marie_C Jul 13, 2017

This dark retelling reads like rap lyrics and blends exquisitely flawed characters with madness, heartache, and bawdy humour.

Jun 13, 2017

This was so unexpectedly incredible. Bull is a hilarious take on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Poseidon was so funny and full of sass (he reminded me a lot of Deadpool) but I won't lie, in the beginning I wasn't sure how I felt but then, as the story progresses, I couldn't help picturing myself watching the story played out in a theatre before me. This was such a dark, twisted, beautiful story that had me hooked.

Jun 01, 2017

I don't usually like novels in verse. I don't usually like 'updated' classics. But that was misleading. This is only updated in language, not the author trying to merge the myth with the modern world.


Five thousand stars. Funny and beautiful and painful and I want everyone to read it. It's only 200 pages. If you like poetry, if you like mythology, if you like emotionally strong books that carry their own weight with few words, even if you just want a little bit more of a grown-up Percy Jackson, you'll love this one.

And then find me so we can talk about it.

AL_CATHERINE Apr 11, 2017

Fans of Hamilton will be delighted by this updated retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur. Poseidon is the perfect irreverent narrator! I found this to be a quick read and a hilarious update to one of my favorite Greek myths! I also loved Elliott's explanation of the poetic styles he used at the end. Be warned: this is not a light, Rick Riordan-style retelling of Greek myth. Elliott doesn't shy away from the sex and violence of the original.

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