Reviews from Minotaur Revisited


To be honest, I procrastinated reading this book, since I am not interested in Greek mythology. But when the time came that I absolutely had to, I began reading with trepidation. Not for long, though. I was instantly and completely drawn in!

I had no idea what this story would be about, but it was a delight. Author, David Gelber finds a unique way to showcase history and humanity through the ages in great detail. He really did his homework. This author has several other books out, for those interested. After reading this one, you just might be.

In this novel, Quinton the Minotaur Man has lived for thousands of years, much to his sorrow. He experiences the best and worst of human nature down through the years, but never quite finds a way to fit in, and is very lonely. The one time he does, finally finding true happiness, his heart is soon ripped apart as never before.

If I write anything else, I’ll be giving away secrets, and I want readers to discover these wonders on their own. So suffice it to say, anyone who likes fantasy, inspirational, mythology, or just a darn good story, at any age, will enjoy this book.

Reviewed by: Deborah Piccurelli for Wordsmith Journal April 2013

Minotaur Revisited by David Gelber was an interesting take on the mythology surrounding the Minotaur.  The Minotaur tells his own story as if he was talking to you.  I found this point of view expression nice for this kind of story.  We follow the Minotaur through history while he meets everyone from Jesus to Vlad.  The added Jesus aspect, for me, was at times a little uncomfortable.   However, I was able to put that to the side and view this as a Mythological story.  From that view I feel like I shouldn’t have liked it as much as I did.  Yet, It intrigued me watching history unfold and how the Minotaur effected the people he met as he passed through his long life.  I found myself wanting to know how he was going to deal with his pain, love, conflicts, and love.  Would he give up on himself?  All of humanity?   You will have to read it to find out!

Booked and Loaded

I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this book. I love mythology, though, so I wanted to give this unique chance to hear directly from the horse's bull's mouth what he had to say. And, I'm glad I did.

The Minotaur, in this offering, is a suave, cultured creature who appears before a large group of students to tell his story--and thus it begins.

Minotaur Revisited reminded me of a subdued History of the World. There are definite moments of light-heartedness (I loved his dog named Ramen "like the noodles" and his influence on Pharoah's army as they are chasing the Israelites). Yes, the Minotaur knew Pharaoh, Moses, Joshua--he raised the first Queen of Sheba--he had a hand in several other important episodes of historical significance.

The book isn't all humorous, though; he was present at the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and it had a profound influence on this mythical creature. There was also some very sad moments in the book--no spoilers, but watch for Tarzan-like character.

Even though he escapes from his original labyrinth home, he soon finds that the entire world--no, his entire existence--is a labyrinth through which he must travel. Each time he thinks he might have found true freedom, he runs up against a dead end: Vlad (the inspiration for Dracula) and Jack the Ripper.

It's not just actual historical personages he meets--he also encounters Belle's sister is a "Beauty and the Beast" vignette.

Kudos to David Gelber for such an ambitious undertaking.

Judy Thomas

Minotaur Revisited is a retelling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur--only this time it's told from the Minotaur's POV. His name is actually Quinton Arbus Taurus Aegus Minos, but he prefers Minotaur because that name commands respect--at least more than Quint or even Mini as one of his lady friends likes to call him.

According to the legend, the Minotaur devours seven youth and seven virgins every year and was killed by Theseus. According toMinotaur Revisited, the Minotaur is a vegetarian and made a deal with Theseus--the Minotaur would pretend to be dead and would leave the country and Theseus would have the honor of having slain the Minotaur. Even though Theseus tried to double-cross the Minotaur, Quint had been too clever for him and managed to escape anyway.

Then he began his travels around the world and through the ages, taking part in some of the most important episodes in history: the Israelites escaping Egypt, raising the Queen of Sheba, the crucifiction and resurrection of Jesus-- and meeting people in history and fiction. Each of these vignettes just go to show him, however, that he is still not free even though he is out of the Labyrinth. People still want to use him for their own purposes (if you ever wondered why vampires live so long, this book will let you know).

Parts of the book are laugh-out-loud funny, while other parts will make you want to cry. The only drawback I found in the book is that, because of the format (the Minotaur is telling the story of his life to a group of students), there is a lot of "telling." The "show, don't tell" rule is thrown out the window, so the reader might not get as drawn up in the story as they might be. Even with that, however, this is a fun read and would be a fun movie... hmmm.. who could we get to play the Minotaur??

4.5 flowers - This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends. 

MJ. Thoma

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY stood before the multitude that packed the auditorium, a crowd composed of students, professors, politicians, religious leaders, and visiting dignitaries.

“Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, ‘The Minotaur,’ the half-bull half-man resident of the Labyrinth of Crete, beast of myth and legend.”

I’m not certain what I was expecting from the book, but the very beginning captured my attention and I settled down to find a point where my attention strayed. I didn’t reach that point.

He experiences loss, exile, want, shame, redemption, love, and yearning. His longevity has offered him the full life-cycle of human emotions and yet not stripped him of the naïve gentleness that is his nature from the beginning of the story. I won’t mention specifics because it would mar the enjoyment of this story. The fun of this read is to enjoy the twists of the Minotaur’s tale, see him as more human than those around him, and to experience the end of his presentation in symbiosis with this creature of myth.

What I liked: Humanity in a creature. Tales of generosity juxtaposed to the harsh brutality of history. The Minotaur battles each challenge with dignity and perhaps a sense of humor. He fully embraces his soul, though he is sure he doesn’t possess one. He’s entrancing and enjoyable, someone easily visualized as a friend, comrade and perhaps a dedicated soul mate.

What I didn’t: I can’t really classify this as a dislike, but I would have been interested to see the Minotaur wander farther from his general sphere of origin. His journey encompasses the ancient history that most of us learned in grade school, being European, Greek and Roman mythologies, and the Christian timeline. Part of me yearned to see him venture to the depths of the Far East, the dark jungles of Africa, and the wild sweep of South America. However, this wasn’t a deterrent in reading, only a wish on my part. His story is his own, a full circle in his path through life, and worthy of reading.

The story is entertaining and the Minotaur is a welcome surprise from fable and legend, an entertaining gentle giant!

KH Lemoyne

Minotaur Revisited is a narrative story told from the viewpoint of the Minotaur, and follows history as he saw it happening. The Minotaur raised an African queen, suffered through Auschwitz, met Picasso, and tried to help humanity as best he could along his immortal life.

This was an interesting read. I initially had trouble getting into the book, but once the story begins to flow it's a relatively easy read. The Minotaur has seen much suffering in his long life, and we are never too far off of his jaded path. This was rather disheartening, and I left this story with a more dismal view of society. When a character is exposed to only the worst of humanity, the reader cannot come away from that with a light heart.

The only thing that truly bothered me with this book was the ending. It was abrupt and rushed, perhaps to end the book on a tidy note. It was a good read, though. The author can weave a tale, that's for sure. Four of five stars for me.

Lindsay's Scribblings

This was a tough one. I loved the concept, but felt it dragged a little. One of those on and on stories. But let's start off with the positive: Wow, what a concept! I love mythology, Greek, Roman, Viking, Native American, ancient Japanese, whatever, I love it. And to see a character from mythology working his way through history is pretty cool.

And not so cool. It may be that I've been sick, or it may be that I've been reading other things lately, but this one seemed a little bogged down in the middle. Course, he did gothrough quite a bit of history (like all of it) and was pretty much everything and everyone he could possibly be. Which did make for interesting changes in perspective.

All in all, if you want something a little different, enjoy history and mythology, and don't mind it being told from the Minotaur's perspective, then this is the perfect book for you. Not that I know of another Minotaur-type book out there, but all that aside, definitely try this one.

Isabel Roman

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical as I began reading this book. Why? Because the description of it just didn't sound like what I was reading. Now, by me saying that you might think that I ended up hating the book and will warn everyone away. Actually, I thoroughly enjoyed reading David Gelber's MinotaurRevisited. .

First off, this is the story of the mythical creature, the Minotaur. In this story, he is the narrator as he tells you of his immortal life and the many people and places he had seen and been to. Before read this, you need to know that this is a soft Christian book. I say 'soft' because it is not preachy and is extremely subtle. You don't have to be a Christian to read or enjoy this book. Also, you need to know that this book has a lot of incredulous humor. What do I mean by that? This bull/man sees so many historical events including the parting of the Red Sea, the Queen of Sheba, the Holocaust, and so much more. At first, I thought, "What?" as I read it and then I found myself laughing so hard. I read a few pieces out to my husband who also laughed. It was fun, but also very serious.

This book is about a creature that didn't exist. This book is softly religious. This book is humorous. This book is extremely deep. As he meets these famous people and witness these events, he gives you a unique look into the souls of man: good and evil. Humor could be used while exploring the depravity of the Nazi's in the Holocaust or the hatred brewing in Jack the Ripper. This is a book that you will laugh, cry, raise a few eyebrows, and then think hard about.

The characters are not meant to be realistic yet they are, at times, too realistic. After all, a creature that doesn't exist is telling the story. Everything revolves around the stories and could be taken individually at times. The characters are revealed through their actions and motives. Very uniquely written.

I loved this book. As I said in the beginning, I was a little iffy about it but the more I read the more I couldn't put it down. I highly suggest this book.

A Book Lover’s Library

The book begins in the present with the arrival of the Minotaur as a guest lecturer to a room of students. I am sure they got as caught up with his words as I did when the huge bull-headed beast told his life story, reflecting on the historical ages and events he witnessed. He made me feel as if I traveled with him during his long life. I experienced his escape from the Labyrinth and accompanied him as he traveled through events in the past I’d read learned about in history class. Now the Minotaur colored in the pictures and brought the smells, sights and sounds to life. His story not only revealed historical facts and pictures, I also found out how the Minotaur felt, what he thought about mankind and bovine (he is half bull) and why at times he shunned both man and animal and lived a life of seclusion.

I enjoy reading Greek Mythology so wasn’t really sure I’d like a fictionalised version of the classical story, especially as it was written in the first person. A lovely surprise was in store for me; the book kept me spellbound from beginning to end.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read or don’t like Greek Mythology, or if history is not quite your thing; this book tells it as it is with no long treatises. It’s pure entertainment from beginning to end. I commend the author for his attention to detail and for writing a story I thoroughly enjoyed and was sad to put down (because I’d reached the end of the book). *****5 stars


If large question marks above one’s head were visible – I’m sure there was a bright red one above mine when my copy of Minotaur Revisited by David Gelber arrived. It was definitely one of those OMG moments when I stared at the cover of this creature…a bit scary in my mind…and wondered what, why, when and how I was going to get through this challenge…..or as I thought to myself a labyrinth of my own! Overwhelmed by my inadequate knowledge of Greek mythology and not being acquainted with the writings of David Gelber soon grew larger in my mind than perhaps actually should have. I began praying!

First, was this Minotaur a human male or a bovine bull? Quickly, I went to the Wikipedia to find some answers. Since mythology was not in my reading genres – my imagination was tested to the limits; but truthfully, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Briefly – so as not to be confusing with names and the gist of the story, I will say that Minotaur was the child of a woman and a bull – not her husband, of course. Writings of copulation with others were apparently big sellers in those days also. The woman’s husband was a king and did not claim Minotaur as his – so he had an elaborate labyrinth constructed to imprison Minotaur. Perhaps I don’t have a full understanding of this myth; however I was appalled that seven Athenian youths and seven maidens, drawn by lots, be sent every seventh or ninth year to be devoured by Minotaur. Enters hero Theseus who promises his father, an enemy important king, to slay the monster. From here – I urge you to visit a reference source to brief yourself on some of the details in this myth. David Gelber artfully brings light to the centuries old question as to whether Minotaur was murdered as Theseus claimed – or by the gods of Greek mythology still exists alive and well.

Then, I opened the book to the first page, and followed a lovable Minotaur through centuries. Speaking of labyrinths, I didn’t know where this one would lead, but was I ever in for a journey! His immortality is not always pretty and can be painful to a sensitive nature. David Gelber wrote a beautiful story of lifetimes in history as no other has experienced. His quick wit added humor to Minotaur’s journey along with the sad and disgusting paths that this beguiling creature crossed. Minotaur is not the vicious creature, mean and manipulative as depicted in the myth, he is loving, always the helpmate and questions the existence of God as we Christians know him. Mr. Gelber makes the exquisite simple and stunning. His knowledge of history seems unlimited in worldly and sacred references. He knows how to bring the sense of reality into the here and now. 

Personally, I did not realize the impact of this read until I found myself mulling the story over in my mind. The impact was sensational. Minotaur is an amazing being, always seeking the way out of the maze, running into locked doors and miraculously finding the right keys to unlock. Some of his freedoms were short, but his lessons long learned. David Gelber saw and wrote about a different Minotaur. There’s that old adage – “Don’t judge a book by its cover” that I have learned many times. That is only one of the realities revealed to me by Minotaur along with great lessons of who he could be in spite of himself. 

My biggest thrill in this read was being reminded over and over Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” My favorite Psalm 139 could have been Minotaur’s story synopsis as it certainly speaks of God’s presence throughout all eons of time for each created being.

The question mark is gone from above my head and replaced by a big red heart. What could be more appropriate to represent this month that signifies love of one another and exactly how I feel about Minotaur.  I praise God for opening my eyes to other possibilities and thank David Gelber for journaling an excellent story of love and redemption. And friends, please add Minotaur Revisited to the top of your stack of TBR now! There are only 28 days of February left – so get to it!!!

Barb Shelton "SR Perspective" Wordsmith Journal February 2013

Do you think that the minotaur of Greek myth is simply that; just a myth?

Author David Gelber urges his readers to think again in Minotaur Revisited. Quinton or Miny, as he is sometimes called, isn't the terrible monster of the Greek myth. He wasn't slain by Theseus as the tale has always told us. Rather, after escaping from the labyrinth, Miny goes on an adventure, traveling to lands far away from ancient Crete. He meets many people on his journey, famous and infamous alike. He encounters Moses, Jesus, The Queen of Sheba, even Jack the Ripper in Victorian England. Miny witnesses some important events in history, and even had a hand in changing history's course.

It is apparent that David Gelber took his time to research Minotaur Revisited well. There were many tidbits of both history and fantasy woven within his novel. Though a true historian might be driven crazy by the stretching of history in Minotaur Revisited, I found the little nuggets of history to be intriguing. I liked being told the stories I knew from history in a new and different way. It was entertaining to question the "what ifs."  Gelber planted curiosity in my mind; perhaps there is more to the story of the ninety-five theses by Martin Luther than we realize. Maybe Pablo Picasso didn't exactly come up with cubism on his own. Because I enjoyed Minotaur Revisitedso much, I feel that the 240 page novel could have been expanded to be a little bit longer. I hope that Gelber will write another book with a twist on history!

Sarah Heath “YA Perspectives”     The Wordsmith Journal January 2013

This is an interesting take on the minotaur myth, with  lots of comic moments and quite a bit of history packed into a fun story.

The Minotaur, the one we all know who rules over the labyrinth, gets a new take in this book. He is no longer just a fearful creature, but one we get to know as he goes through his many, many adventures. Since he is the narrator, we get to hear his voice, which is surprisingly light and fun. There are a few moments when I thought the language was a bit too modern, not in the narration but in the dialogues that he supposedly had with different figures of history. That was the only thing that sometimes distracted me from the story.

The pacing is handled nicely, with the story never really slowing down from the moment it starts. There are so many amusing little cameos from different historic figures, with even Jesus making an appearance. Some parts actually had me laughing out loud.

This is a quick read that will keep you entertained until the very end. I do recommend it to those of you who like fantasy and quirkier stories.

Valentina Cano Carabosse's Library **** 4 stars

What an unexpected story. Look at the cover and read the title and you would think this is some sort of retelling of Greek mythology. But, it that and so much more. The story starts with a reworking of the Minotaur myth, only this time Theseus is the beast and the Minotaur, or Quint, his real name, is the noble hero. The story begins with the Minotaur speaking to a college audience, recounting his escape and then it takes off. Think "Forrest Gump", only this Minotaur pops up at various points in history over three thousand years. Moses, Jesus, Dracula, Jack the Ripper and many more have their encounters with this immortal Minotaur and along the way the reader is thoroughly entertained. You will laugh, cry and cheer for this beast, as he suffer through his many depressions and finally finds love.

I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to everyone who would like an imaginative ride through history alongside a truly noble mythological creature.

Brian Simpson ***** 5 stars on

Miny (the Minotaur) was NOT slain in the Labyrinth as legend records, but instead, he worked out a bargain with Theseus and had a very, very, very long life leading all the way up to today. He watched history unfold, often interacting with and altering it to what we know today. Who knows what would have happened if the Minotaur had not escaped the Labyrinth?! Miny was at once likable and his story made me laugh and cry. This is one story that was so odd and unexpected that I couldn't put it down. Bravo, David Gelber!

Ellen C. Maze  ***** 5 stars on

It is modern times and Minotaur, who is half-man, half bull, addresses a crowd at the university gathering. He has the body of a man and the neck, shoulders and head of a bull and admits to being an accident of birth. Minotaur's mother, Pasiphae, was married to King Midos but he was into affairs of state much more than being interested in his wife so she indulged herself in twenty suitors, one of which, she admits, was "bullish". Hence the birth of "Quint" or Quinton Arbus Taurus Aegus Minos. If Quint had been common, he'd have been thrown into the sea, but King Minos shuts him at age 12 in the Labyrinth, a maze with sides twenty feet high and made of shrubs with razor sharp thorns. According to legend, Theseus was supposed to slay the Minotaur, Quint, but the reality is that as Theseus was dead drunk, he failed. Quint and Theseus spread blood from Quint on Theseus' garments and Quint gives Theseus a horn he'd shed sometime before. In actuality, Quint eventually escapes from the Labyrinth and heads to Egypt where he meets up with Moses, Joshua and the Israelites. Then he goes on into Africa where he adopts blind, two year old Alena. She and Quint both seem to be rejected by humanity. But Quint continues on throughout history where he encounters King David, Solomon, our Lord Jesus Christ, and then the gladiators, Count Dracula, Jack the Ripper, Picasso, and the horrors of Auschwitz. How much can Quint endure in his long, long life?

"Minotaur Revisited" is David Gelber's delightful version of the Minotaur myth with underlying humor in every event encountered by Quint the Minotaur. All the many characters in "Minotaur Revisited" are true to themselves and suit this unique retelling quite well. The plot will carry the reader through historic events as well as an encounter with a less than delightful character from "Beauty and the Beast".Readers everywhere will want to select "Minotaur Revisited" as a definite must-read.

Alice D. for Readers Favorite ***** 5 stars

"Minotaur Revisited" by David Gelber is an innovative, entertaining reworking of the Minotaur tale, told by the Minotaur, Quint, himself. It turns out that Theseus didn’t slay him, but unwittingly helped him out of the labyrinth. From there he goes to Egypt and is worshipped as Nev, the God of the surf for a while, and it was a pretty good existence. Then he follows Moses to Mt Sinai and ends up being worshipped as a god again, the famous golden calf. He begins to see that humanity isn’t actually up to that much. Amongst other encounters, he brings up a blind foundling girl, Alena, meets the Queen of Sheba, Nebuchadnezzer and Jesus. He is a gladiator and then a Roman soldier, fighting in Gaul. Soon we see him in Scandinavia and then on a quick visit to the underworld. So on through history we follow him to the Reformation, the Second World War, hippiedom and beyond. But the Minotaur is a tortured soul, though, going on too long, especially after he loses his beloved Biz,the wolf girl he meets at the circus. He doesn't want to be immortal.

Gelber has a very readable style. The story flows well and is very cleverly constructed with the Minotaur bringing in many of the great events of history. The author is certainly ambitious in trying to include so much, but it seems to work successfully and you have to admire someone who sets himself a challenge. He also has a wonderful imagination and creates interesting interactions and situations for a half-man half-bull to find himself in. Quint is a sympathetic character and there are plenty of interesting secondary figures appearing in the story. This is a compelling and impressive novel with an unexpected ending.

Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite **** 4 stars

"Minotaur Revisited" is a fascinating book and a delight to read. The premise isthat Theseus lied when he said he killed the Minotaur in ancient Crete and that the Minotaur, half man/half bull that he was, continued to live for thousands of years traveling around the Western World, participating in or observing a variety of events—some historical, some purely fictional. The narrator of the story, Quinton Arbus Taurus Aegus Mino, who prefers to be called simply Minotaur, is an engaging creature who is well educated, speaks a number of languages and who, when he gets disgusted with the ways of men, spends his time with cows whom he calls Elsies, in various pastures. Among the many characters he meets and interacts with are Moses and Jack the Ripper.

The author has written a story that is at once funny, sad, tragic and very learned without shoving the learning in your face. Early on, he gets quite incensed at the lies that say he devours young maidens, making the point that as a bull, he is a vegetarian. The book is well-written and edited. Most of the enjoyment of reading this story is just traveling along with the Minotaur and experiencing the world from his point of view. Although he, at times, gets depressed, it is never depressing to read. But there is also the fun of discovering some of the situations and people he meets before he makes the identifications clear. I enjoyed the book and would gladly recommend it.

Reviewed by Terri Tumlin for Readers Favorite ***** 5 stars

"Minotaur Revisited” by David Gelber is an enchanting trip through history, from the days of Greek Mythology to the present. A unique twist to the story lies in the fact that it is told from the eye-witness perspective of the famed Minotaur, whose death at the hands of Theseus in the Labyrinth was greatly exaggerated. Apparently, Theseus and the Minotaur agreed to act as if Theseus had indeed slain the Minotaur, more familiarly known as Quintus, so that Quint could escape life in the labyrinth and go and experience life in the real world. And for the next several thousand years, he experienced life as no other has, before or since. He played a role – secretly, of course – in many significant events during the course of our history. What events could he have been involved in? I am glad you asked!

According to this tale, Quint the Minotaur was either present at, or complicit in, events ranging from Moses being chosen by God to lead His people out of slavery, to a time in Africa, where he foiled a gang of slave traders. He survived Auschwitz. He shared a room with Picasso and helped him “invent” cubism. He spent time in a circus, and married “the wolf girl”. He helped Martin Luther have his epiphany. As you can see, Quint was one busy Minotaur, and I have barely scratched the surface! I was captivated by this unique account of history, and yet found it exceedingly educational. The Minotaur of Greek Mythology is presented as a peace-loving demi-God who would rather tend his gardens than devour people, and was very uncomfortable with his undeserved reputation as a horrible monster. Gelber really did an outstanding job of researching history and then presenting it in a way that even a middle-school boy could and would enjoy. I am well past middle-school, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book, too, and I have to label it as “Recommended Reading” for people in general, of any age.

Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite ***** 5 stars

Dear David

Thank you once more for sending me your latest book. I am very impressed by your incredible capacity to invent stories and render the reader attached to the plot you that you brilliantly uncover in the numerous stories that  you have created. The three thousand years of the life of your minotaur offered you ( and your readers) a chance to critique world history. I may not agree with the couple of comments that has to do with the Catholic faith but you kept C.S.Lewis idea of "mere Christianity" clearly in the background to proclaim the Savior to non Christian readers. I greatly enjoyed your use of the Minotaur to comment on the dual nature of the human and the beast because it calls for  spiritual meditation. Your description of the labyrinth was very interesting, and you gave it greater depth when you noted that a psycho logic labyrinth can be much worse than the physical Cretan one. (How true!) I have to congratulate you also for inserting beautiful love stories especially those of Biz and Mata.

Thanks once more dear David for sharing with me the beautiful books you managed to write despite your busy schedule.

Jailane joins me to send you and Laura our warmest greetings and affection.


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