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The author said in a description of the book that she was partly inspired by 1980s G.I. Joe comics. That was enough to make me give it a chance. I'm glad I did.
I liked how the three narratives (Evie, "Alex", and the storeroom) developed (two forward in time, one backward) and were neatly tied together near the end.
Given the premise, it could have easily mushroomed into an overwhelming epic with hundreds of characters, and conceivably may yet although the ending was such that sequels really aren't needed.
I still don't know how I feel about the ending. In a way it was cheating, but it's an interesting way to resolve the conflicting sides.
One problem though was the female narrator's portrayal of male characters. She overdid the gruffness of her voice, making them all sound like caricatures.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Just finished the book Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn. It was the story of how Post-Apocalyptic world environments could come about. It was awesome. The main character, Evie Walker is a Comic Book Writer who writes about a crack GI-Joe team that takes care of issues around the world in a high strung post 9/11 (and more) world, usually based on current events. However, we meet her as she is driving up to her childhood home because her father is dying. Except her father is the last in very long line of ancestors that have been tasked with taking care of some special items. Throughout the course of the story we meet some of those ancestors through flashbacks and other characters who had integral roles in how these items have found their way into the family's hands. Greek Myth is featured heavily, but even if you only know the basics, the story narrative explains everything pretty well.
I really liked it. It wasn't a typical Contemporary Fantasy, but also was not an Urban Fantasy (with Romance). Homosexual characters, Greek Myth, Fall of Troy, Mysterious Basement, World at the cusp of change, and a strong female trying to find her way again after being confronted with a changing role (Dying father AND Place in World)...This book has it all and then some in spades. There have been only a few books that I could not stop listening to, this was one of them. Yes, even had that stereotypical 10-15 extra minutes in the parking lot/driveway waiting for a "good" place to stop. I think having two narrators really helps books like this with a very specific female character point of view and everything else.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I was intrigued by the title of this book, not having a clue what it meant. Having read it, I'm pleased to say it all makes sense. If you're someone who has both an interest in Arthurian legend and Greek mythology and have always wished for a book that combines all your favourite heros, this is perfect. Discord's Apple tells the story of Evie, the keeper of a store room in which all the magical objects from myth and legend are kept, and Alex, a Trogian Warrier living under a curse of imortality. Naturally there are unsavery characters after the store room's contents and it falls to a select band of heros to try and stop them. This book was well written; Alex's story is especially moving. The characters are believable, and the story is unpredictable right up to the end. However, there is a part of the story which isn't sattisfactorally explained, at least not for me. Also, the ending feels incomplete, as if there's more to come, and I can't find any evidence that there will be a book two. Definitely worth a listen though.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful