Shadow of the Minotaur Paperback
by Alan Gibbons
Part of the The Legendeer series
'Real life' or the death defying adventures of the Greek myths, with their heroes and monsters, daring deeds and narrow escapes - which would you choose? For Phoenix it's easy. He hates his new home and the new school where he is bullied. He's embarrassed by his computer geek dad. But when he logs on to The Legendeer, the game his dad is working on, he can be a hero. He is Theseus fighting the terrifying Minotaur, or Perseus battling with snake-haired Medusa. It feels as though he's really there ' The Legendeer is more than just a game. Play it if you dare.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 03/02/2000
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781858817217
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Review by Acclaimed_Cone
An awesome read: I really enjoyed the way that it morphed from a computer-game-comes-alive story into a proper greek myth adventure story, without becoming uncool and without you really noticing. Lots of cool detail about greek myths, plenty of menace and some sweet adventuring
Review by MomsterBookworm
Myths are often used to tell the story of a rite of passage. Using the Greek lore of the Minotaur, this story recounts a present-day hero's journey as he transcends the veil between worlds. Using the instrument that most young adults (for whom the book is targeted) are well-familiar with, the tool to breech the barrier into the world of legend is via a more-real-than-virtual-reality computer game -- in which the gamer will find himself physically in a world that is no longer made up of bits and bytes, but is very real indeed. Not much different from the, more often than not, make-believe reality, that we sometimes conjure up in our labyrinthian minds, in which the very real beasts of worry, anger, jealousy, greed, etc. roam free.