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Discord's Apple Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011
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I can understand why Publisher's Weekly gave this book a Starred review. It is written in simple and clear language that lets the depth and complexity of the story sneak up on you. The nested timelines allow the story to reveal exactly as much background as you need to let the story progress without spoiling suspense. The scope of the story, from the bronze age to the ... see I almost let fly with a spoiler there ... is daring, dazzling, and perfectly crafted to make this an epic worthy of the poets of old.
I loved the characters, especially the ones I was clearly meant to hate. One character is the embodiment of pure chaos, and his wanton acts of love and destruction side by side made him the most delicious villain since the Joker, and I am only sorry he didn't get more "screen time." The Good Guys were really honestly good guys, and there was an optimism to them that made me set aside the cynicism that I usually reserve for such characters.
Overall this is an epic masterpiece. In my opinion, this is the authors most cinematic and picturesque work to date, and I hope that we get to see a dozen more like this.
...but no sequels. I hope this gets to live as a standalone. It's perfect as it is.
I consider Discord's Apple to be Vaughn's most mature and most engaging piece of work to date - it is wonderfully multilayered and enagaging, and it did a magnificent job of pulling me straight into the depths of the tale. It may have something to do with the manner in which it builds upon the established "real world" mythos creatively but not presumptiously; she certainly does exhibit both in-depth familiarity with and respect for the mythologies she builds on. Or it may be the masterful breath of life in all of the characters that carry the story along so fluidly and naturally - though it's most likely the case of both. I found this book to be a real treat and, having read it once already, I find myself already re-reading it for the sheer fun of it.
If the heroine was a teenager instead of an adult, I probably would have liked this better. Discord's Apple would have made a perfect young adult novel, and that would help me out with this review, because this book didn't go far enough for this adult reader. Oh well, there's no point in griping about it, right? It's an ambitious story that tries to connect all of the magic, myths and legends since the beginning of time with a present that is on the verge of war. It's a cool concept, but it started to fall apart for me by the end, and worse, it became utterly predictable. That's a sin that's not easy for me to forgive.
I thought the structure of the story was well done, with the action shifting between three parties: Evie in the present, Alex in the past, and Evie's ancestors. It takes a good writer to pull that off, and Carrie Vaughn made it look easy. Unfortunately I don't feel like I got to know Evie, or see her evolve. She was surprisingly passive throughout the story, and I expect more from the lead in a fantasy novel. There was virtually no romance, and the bit that was included felt token and tacked on.
It's an interesting stand-alone, but nothing is going to stand-out in my memory.
The description of DISCORD'S APPLE leads you to believe that the plot is about a woman, Evie Walker, who discovers "a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again." The reality is that that is only one of four stories told in this book.
DISCORD'S APPLE jumps randomly from these four stories throughout the book. Beginning with the most interesting: a retelling of the Trojan War and the event that caused it (Hera, Aphrodite, and Athena squabbling over an apple `for the fairest') leading up to modern day. The Greek gods are all well represented (specifically Apollo), fickle and willing to sleep with any and everything: male and female, willing and unwilling. Most of the sex occurs in this story. It's not graphic, but there is a lot of it in all forms and it is not always consensual.
The two other stories include a graphic novel that Evie writes about a covert military assault team overseas, and the many generations of Walkers who previously guarded the Storeroom. All of these stories are connected in various ways, but they are so different in tone and style that any emotion or connection that I started to built with a specific character got lost as I got thrown from story to story.
I hate that I didn't like this book, but I really struggled with it on almost every level.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a retired English teacher so I liked the connection to mythology. It was a good read.Published 3 months ago by esp
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. The pace was great and I loved the modern interpretation of the mythological characters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joshua Albritton
Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaugh is an interesting book that revolves around a collection of magical artifacts that have placed in “storage” and have been guarded by one family over... Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Riley
In a future world, Evie walker goes home to be with her father, and finds out her family guards a basement full of magical items. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angela Fantastic Farrell
I really enjoyed this book and basically couldn't put it down. I liked all the characters, from bad to good, and there were so many elements to the story that its hard to describe. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by AMH
Although I've wearied of the Kitty Norville series, I still enjoy Carrie Vaughn's writing. I liked After the Golden Age well enough to give this a try even though "Greek gods... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by M. Hollingsworth
I love Carrie Vaughn's style of writing, because it keeps hold of my attention. This story was compelling and stuck in my brain even when I had to set the book aside to deal with... Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Paladinian
I enjoyed "Discord's Apple" because I like stories that take the reader back in time. The link with mythology was very intriguing. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Diana Bibb
Rarely have I read a book that went nowhere in such an boring way. It has taught me a lesson though; never will I buy any book that is reviewed by other writers again. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Leo Bourne