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The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel | [Steven Sherrill]

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author, narrator, and screenwriter Neil Gaiman personally selected this book, and, using the tools of the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), cast the narrator and produced this work for his audiobook label, Neil Gaiman Presents.

A few words from Neil on The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: "When Steve and I talked about the ideal voice for M, he suggested Holter Graham….because 'Holter’s handling of the Minotaur’s grunt was PERFECT. Exactly what I heard in my head.'"

Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love. "Sherrill also insinuates other mythological beasts - the Hermaphroditus, the Medusa - into the story, suggesting how the Southern landscape is shadowed by these myths. The plot centers around the Minotaur's feelings for Kelly, a waitress who is prone to epileptic fits. Does she reciprocate his affections? As the reader might expect, the course of interspecies love never does run smooth." (Publishers Weekly) Steven Sherrill created the artwork used for the audiobook edition of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.

To hear more from Neil Gaiman on The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, click here, or listen to the introduction at the beginning of the book itself.

Learn more about Neil Gaiman Presents and Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX).

©2000 Steven Sherrill (P)2011 John F. Blair Publisher

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    D. Ward detroit 04-02-12
    D. Ward detroit 04-02-12 Member Since 2008

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    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the humanity of the story, and the reactions of the humans to him... I


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good grunts


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    Visanu Euarchukiati 03-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fantastic beings in a mundane world"
    Where does The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel?

    The junk yard scene where M had an encounter with another ancient predator.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    The grunts. Very well acted.


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    Jessica and Will 02-28-12
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    "Great writing, well performed, off the beaten path"

    Really a great example of what a controlled, tight writer can do: imagination meets skill; next thing you know, you are wholly engaged and sympathetic to a minotaur line chef. Amazing. The narrator was excellent. Had a great tone. I'm definintely going back to the Neil Gaiman stuff again.

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    Rebecca DARLINGTON, MD, United States 02-21-12
    Rebecca DARLINGTON, MD, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone willing to listen to me....it's that good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Minotaur, I found him to be complex. So many years of existence rolled into one contemporary real life situation.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    Again, the Minotaur. The performance was excellent. Very nuanced. I felt as though I could find this character working at one of the restaurants in my small town.


    If you could rename The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel, what would you call it?

    Haven't given it any thought.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I listened to this book on our trip home, from Nashville, TN to Darlington, MD. It was all so oddly fitting...which to me is a good thing.

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    Victoria Cary, NC, United States 02-13-12
    Victoria Cary, NC, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Thank you Neil Gaiman"
    Where does The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very well done production. I think this series was a wonderful idea.


    Any additional comments?

    So worthy of an audio version.

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    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 02-09-12
    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    Enjoyed this story very much! very detailed and almost picturesque. A sensitive description of the relationship of a modern minotaur and his world around him. Loved it. Read it. Absolutely beautifully written.

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    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 01-26-12
    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 01-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Minotaur as Everyman"

    Good book on so many levels. It's an interesting world, sympathetic characters, true art, plus great laughs.

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    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-23-12
    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel?

    How did Holter Graham narrate this tale without bursting out laughing every few seconds. The story was so so for me, although the idea was quite original, but the narration was awesome!!!


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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 01-21-12
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    I really enjoyed the Minotaur. His character was unique and compelling and real. The narrator was perfect for the story. I would highly recommend this book, even to non-scifi readers.

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    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 12-09-11
    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 12-09-11 Member Since 2008
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    I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. I enjoy Neil Gaiman, so I bought this on his recommendation. The story is told from an unusual perspective, the Minotaur's. It should seem odd or forced, but it just works so very well. The narrator does an outstanding job of bringing the animal-man to life. Listening was enjoyably addictive, well worth the credit.

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