New for September 2020: A novel Published by MADVILLE PUBLISHING.
“A romping confessional riff on the classic tale, a portrait of the artist as a young bull. Shachtman’s rollicking prose weaves mythology into a gripping yarn and gives antiquity’s voiceless celebrity monster a soaring human heart.”
-Charles Graeber, NYT bestselling author of The Good Nurse and The Breakthrough.
“A fine read. Exciting, entertaining, witty. Even more, a rare experience. Despite the blood and gore, the book resonates with wonder, and lingers in our minds for weeks afterward. Its conclusions are generous and thoughtful. A ‘classics’ challenge for readers that stuns us with its bravery and humor. I loved it.”
-John Neufeld, author of international bestsellers Lisa, Bright and Dark, and Edgar Allen.
“Seldom have I written a review in which I can quiet the voice of the critic while losing myself in the story. As I read The Memoir of the Minotaur, that critical voice was very quiet; I am not exaggerating when I say the prose is so nearly flawless that we may as well call it perfect. There is not one phrase that has not been carefully selected and evaluated. Shachtman is a word-master; if you are a fan of Neil Gaiman or Salman Rushdie you don’t want to miss this book.”
-Five-star reedsy review.
Praise from an early reader:
“Shares its form with other popular retellings of the monster narrative such as John Gardner’s Grendel … and the narrative voice has likenesses to the exuberance, bawdiness, and blasphemy of Salman Rushdie and John Barth …. Packed with actions both big and small as it deals with themes of power, violence, sexuality, and the role of storytelling, its most endearing quality is the hilarity and absurdity of our classical values interacting with our animalistic cores …. Ultimately, the book is riotous …. I had a great time with it.”