[ARC] Bull by David Elliott


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Bull is a poem retelling of the myth about Theseus and the Minotaur. In this retelling the setting is the original one (no change in the setting or in the characters), the author chooses to focus also in moments that the original story does not deal with: Asterion’s young adulthood and relationships between characters.

The story’s pace is given by Poseidon’s comments, cynical, ironical and deeply funny. The god of the sea chooses which voice to listen to, and by doing so he shows us the characters involved in the story (Minos, Pasiphae, Asterion, Ariadne, Daedalus).

The book is made of poetry monologues – the characters does not interact with dialogues – and the verses structure is specific for the single characters, the only one that is not bound by a scheme is, obviously, Poseidon.

I liked Bull because it’s funny and engaging, the fact that it is a poem does not impede the reading, on the contrary it allows the reader to insert some captivating sentences.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

* Bull by David Elliott ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons


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Suddenly Frodo noticed that a strange-looking weather-beaten man, sitting in the shadows near the wall, was also listening intently to the hobbit-talk. He had a tall tankard in front of him, and was smoking a long-stemmed pipe curiously carved. His legs were stretched out before him, showing high boots of supple leather that fitted him well, but had seen much wear and were now caked with mud. A travel-stained cloak of heavy dark-green cloth was drawn close about him, and in spite of the heat of the room he wore a hood that overshadowed his face; but the gleam of his eyes could be seen as he watched the hobbits.

This is the first meeting between the hobbits and Aragorn: at a first glance we can’t know what is to be expected from him, maybe some danger.
Soon enough we will learn how much a positive companion he is to the fellowship, and how much is true that “All that is gold does not glitter”.

Sometimes the reverse may happen, an example is this novel, “The Deep End of the Sea“, that begins as an innocuous young adult until it shows its true face, the one of a harmony – a kind of novel I normally try to avoid.

Hence this comment will follow the moments when “The Deep End of the Sea” show me its true – not so good – nature.

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