They have never met, they have been assigned strange pseudonyms, they inhabit identical rooms that open out onto very different landscapes, and they have entered a dialogue they cannot escape - a discourse defined and destroyed by the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant force they call Asterisk, a force for good and ill in which the Minotaur is forever present and Theseus is the great unknown.
The Helmet of Horror is structured according to the way we communicate in the 21st century - using the Internet - yet instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology. It is a labyrinthine examination of epistemological uncertainty that radically reinvents the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur for an age where information is abundant but knowledge ultimately unattainable.
©2006 Victor Pelevin (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is an epistomological essay dressed up as a mythical story. If you like philosophy or postmodern writing you will love this book but if you're looking for a good story with plot and character development, this isn't for you!
The production value is amazing! The readers are great! The ideas in the book are both compelling and mystifying. But this is not a book for your average audiobook listener. So "Caveat Emptor!"
I thought the premise for this looked interesting enough to give it a go but I certainly wouldn't recommend it. I think it is a kind of extended essay on and around the idea of the labyrinth but would be better served in non-fiction. There are a few interesting ideas but because there is no real characterisation or even plot I found it tiresome. It gets one star because I thought the narration and production was really well done. I would give this a miss.
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