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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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    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 01-26-12
    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 01-26-12 Member Since 2010
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-23-12
    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Hat off to the narrator"
    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!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 01-21-12
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2006

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

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    "Interesting and unique"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Unexpected joy!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas S. Orem, Jr. 12-01-11
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    "when will it happen?"

    I liked the story but I wished something happend. I think I would have preferd the older Menitor, not the one worn down by time.

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    Connie BRYAN, TX, United States 11-15-11
    Connie BRYAN, TX, United States 11-15-11
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    "It could have been good"

    Not much of a story, rather pointless. Sorry I listened to it. The best thing about the whole experience was the narrator, he did the best he could with the little he had to work with.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-05-11
    Larry Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-05-11

    メロンパン!! (れ・ω・な)

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    "The author is a pervert who over-uses adjectives"

    I decided to give this book a listen based off the funny sounding title and the sample clip provided. I was looking for a new book that would offer a little silly humor and the first couple of chapters were pretty interesting. I was pulled into the book even more because I myself am just as socially inept as the Minotaur. This didn't last for more then 7 or 8 chapters though.

    After the 8th chapter it felt like the author didn't know where he wanted to take the story and a lot of it seemed rather pointless. Then it got weird with the homosexuality and the graphic sexuality (Bestiality?) There were a few chapters that were only sentences long in length which I didn't understand the point of. Another compliant is some of the story didn't make a lot of sense. The ending was really weird too. It seemed more like the author was writing about an event in his life then a fictional story. One thing that I kept wondering about while listening was how the author goes into great detail about the success of the restaurant and the job duties of the employees, but always seems to make it seem filthy and disgusting.


    I think this book would be half the length if the the author didn't use so many adjectives. It's like he lacked the skill to create a world in detail so he just used a bunch of adjectives to describe everything instead of creating a detailed world in the way an author like Tom Clancy would.

    Overall I think the book was decent, not one I'd listen to again though. The narrator was pretty good and I think the grunt was perfect. I found myself trying to imitate him when the obvious parts for it came up. There were a few parts in the story where he overdid it and read with a little too much emotion though.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aurelia 05-16-12
    Aurelia 05-16-12
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    "Even Holter Graham couldn't save this one"

    I know that this is a "well reviewed" book and has won awards and such but it was just not interesting. I didn't get past about chapter 5 so boring and no spark to keep it going. He doesn't create any reason why I should care about the Minotaur or his trials and tribulations.

    Also, I prefer when an author chooses a tense for the book and sticks to it. First second or third person, all good, just not all at the same time!

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    Richard 05-11-12
    Richard 05-11-12

    Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.

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    "Utterly worthless"

    This book is worthless. I can't think of anything good to say about it, perhaps other than the reader is decent.

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    Angela El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 11-14-11
    Angela El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 11-14-11
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    "Less than expected"

    vague story telling that did not develop a good plot....
    could have been a stronger story

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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