Fantasy / Historical

Greek Myth Brought to New Life

February 18, 2013
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Indie author David Gelber

Legend states that the Minotaur was confined to the Labyrinth, slain by Theseus and then laid to rest by thousands of years of Greek mythology.

But the truth is far different.

Minotaur Revisited
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In David Gelber‘s book “Minotaur Revisited” read the Minotaur’s own words as he recounts his full life as god, king, warrior, matchmaker, midwife, monk, sage, father, mother, husband and, most of all, witness.

The fierce Minotaur lived to see and be a part of the best and worst of humanity during a life spanning thousands of years. Part bull, part human, the Minotaur struggled to find his place in this world and, in the end, left his unique mark on history.

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In a recent blog post titled “Writing and Religion,” David Gelber suggested he is considering dropping any religious themes or overtones from his books and stories. They’re “a turn off to many readers,” he says.

Yet, he continues, “my problem is that I find it hard to write about anything apart from God.” In this book, Gelber says:

“Minotaur Revisited” features the Minotaur of Greek mythology living through thousands of years of history, coming in contact with historical characters, some biblical, some real and some fictional. There is an undercurrent of religious questioning that runs along with the story. The Minotaur experiences God and gods during many of his adventures and is never sure what it all means or if he should believe in any god, be it Zeus or Yahweh. Yet, what to me are subtle references to religion strike other readers as outright proselytizing. This is never my intention. Every religious reference I make is, at least in my opinion, integral to the plot and/or character.

Read the entire blog post on writing and religion here.

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24 Responses to Greek Myth Brought to New Life

  1. February 18, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Thank you for hosting David today

    • February 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Thank you for taking the time to read my book and talk with me.

  2. Ami
    February 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

    You have an interesting take on the Minotaur mythology, is that your favorite Greek myth? I’m now very fond of the Summerian mythology, after reading Gilgamesh.

    shadowrunner1987 at gmail dot com

    • February 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Actually, my favorite myth is that of Perseus, but that would have been far more difficult to modify. the Minotaur myth takes place in secret, therefore adapting it for my purposes wasn’t that difficult.

  3. Trix
    February 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    You shouldn’t have to excise religion from your writing if it’s such a big part of who you are–self-censorship can’t be satisfying artistically.

  4. Lyra
    February 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Now I’m curious how you integrate a Minotaur into society, my first thought was that he wouldn’t blend in easily.

    lyra.lucky7(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Anas
    February 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I love the concept of this book, the Minotaur is usually portrayed as a villain, without really explaining why and Thesseus certainly didn’t strike me as a true hero.

    moonsurfer123(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • February 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      the Minotaur supposedly devoured maids and youths from Athens every 7 or 9 years. the truth is far different (according to me)

  6. Gala
    February 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Whom of your characters would you like to meet?

    galaschick78(at)gmail(dot)com

    • February 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I love the character Alena, who becomes Queen of Sheba.

  7. Urbanista
    February 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I have to,admit I cringe when I read prosteletyzing in books. I have access to religious information in places other than the books I read for leisure. Will I be struck down if I say religious themes in books with an agenda are Bo.Ring.

    I love reading about myths, though. On which all religions are based. Greek myths were truly extravagant and vibrant. Thank you!

    brendurbanist@gmail.com

  8. Lena
    February 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I would really see Greek mythology as something against any religios believes.

    lennascloud AT gmail DOT com

  9. MomJane
    February 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’m intrigued … how did he find places to blend in? How did he escape? And this book has him lecturing a college? How on earth did that occur? I’m fascinated by this.

    • February 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      you really need to read the book to find out the answers to these questions

  10. February 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    the Minotaur shows up in places where a half bull half human beast would not be unusual. In ancient Egypt he’s seen as a god. He sometimes lives with cows. he spends a lot of time by himself interacting with only one or two people at a time or he spends his time with the misfits of society, such as the artist community in early twentieth century Paris. I think it all works very well.
    As far as religion in my work. Much of it involves characters struggling with the who god is, questioning if he exists and where god may fit into their lives. If you are very anti-religion you will not like some of my work. Otherwise, i think you will find that these stories are very entertaining, but may make you stop and think.

  11. bn100
    February 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Sounds fascinating.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Chelsea B.
    February 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I love how passionate you are about this book– I always feel that shines through in a novel.

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  13. Mary Preston
    February 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    This is going to be fabulous.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  14. emiliana
    February 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Sounds like a great read!

    emiliana25 at web dot de

  15. February 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I really liked hearing about the story!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  16. Kate H
    February 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    hense1kk@cmich.edu

    • April 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      I really conu’ldt ask for more from this article.

  17. BookLady
    February 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    What an exciting book! Love mythology. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Sydney W
    March 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the fantastic tour!!awesome giveaway.
    Sydney W
    Bookaddict100(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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