When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope's Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she will inherit. Hidden behind the basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again.
Of course, this legacy is not without its costs: There are those who will give anything to find a way in.
With the help of her father, a mysterious stranger named Alex, and some unexpected heroes, Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, and protect both the past and the future even as the present unravels. Old heroes and notorious villains alike rise to fight on her side or to do their best to bring about her defeat.
At stake is the fate of the world and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse.
©2010 Carrie Vaughn (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Vaughn brings together mythology, fairy tales, and very human lives, immersing readers in the stories these complex characters tell themselves to make sense of their war-torn worlds." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
"Not epic, but an entertaining story."
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.
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.
"My favorite listen for 2011!"
The story of the Golden Apple has always been one of my favorite. This is a very clever continuation of the story.
"Like a breath of fresh air"
This is not the usual type of story that Carrie tells, but it is a fresh story type for me. I really liked it. It took some getting use to and I enjoyed it more the second time I listened, but it took me a little to get over my preconceptions of what to expect. It is definitely worth multiple listenings. It requires you to concentrate on following the story line because of it extensive use of an anacoluthonistic narrative style. The narration is well done. I like it, and in my opinion it is a definite keeper.
"I tried to like it. I really did."
Depressing - really depressing. I'm half way through and about to give up. Cancer, World wide war, Greek mythology full of slavery, arrogance, punishment.
If we would have spent more time on the things in the basement and less time on how sad she was about her father dying of cancer...maybe.
I like Carrie Vaughn - I read the Kitty Norville novels because they are funny and full of interesting mysteries.
This book - well grab the anti-depressants. Part of the issue is the morose tone of the narrator Angela Dawe. Perhaps that's how it should be read but it is really sad sad sad. I wonder how it would have been if the voice over was more matter of fact or even determined rather than hopeless sounding. I might get the kindle book if it's inexpensive enough and try reading the rest on my own.
sorry but I just can't give this more than 2 stars. As I said, I tried to like it. I really did.
"Got it on Sale, but was suprised."
I enjoyed this book.. Different story worth the listen, if you like fantasy or greek myths.
"Satisfying alternative for this author"
I've enjoyed all the Kitty Norville stories, so thought I'd try something different from this author. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.
"Entertaining story, decent narration"
I liked the story. The Greek mythological tie ins added to the entertainment value and interest level. The narrators were okay, not my favorite but not bad- they took a little getting used to because their voices are not as rich sounding or diverse as my favorites. 4 stars for the book, 3 for the narrators.
Easy to listen to, riveting and a most interesting but easy to follow almost triple story line; although the central line of the stroy never get's lost. Expecially well incorporated greek Mythology and usage f some of the Characters to creat a worls where some Gods still walk the earth.
Narrator/Reader was superb and easy to listen to.
Sorry line was great except the ending which sort of made the whole story and the tribulation of the characters seem unessasery. But make your own mind up to that.
"Where Myth meet in a small praire part of Colorado"
It is in my top ten. It is soul caughting in style, from you enter the small house out on the praire just out town in a small town of Colorado on off roads heading towards Denver but way off the beat path. With myster basement and people coming and going to drop and pick objects from it. With it warning wards, Some as simple as a dogs barking. Other well very magical tied to the owner of the house. Who of coase must change hands without a full explianation. That is just the way these stories go. With the bad guys drawing near to Discords Applle, which of coarse the owner has no idea what that is or means. It is an exciting book, with so many twist and turns you don't see coming. And the end is suprising, It is a very good story stepped in mythology. I just loved it.
The way the story ended, but I won't be giving any spoiler here. You just have to listen for yourself and be suprised too. But Wow what a suprised.
The Granddaughter coming home, who had only vague childhood memories of once going into the basement when she wasn't ment too. It still seem more like a dream than real as an adult. She just remember all the trouble she got into over some dumb old stuff. But her memories are foggy of that time.
There several, the reconnection with her Grandfather just to have get sick before she could get there. The young man she felt an attaction for that was really just tricking her, The power she finds inside herself to do the right things, even if its not strong enough.
It really is in my top ten books, It is in with 3rd Proviencetown Novel by Radclyffe, The 3rd Justice Series book by Radcyffe, And the 4th Honor Series Book by Radclyffe, Hunters Way by Gerri Hill, Dune by Frank Herburt, Hitchhitcker Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gentle's Holistic Dective Agency By Douglas Adams, Bingo by Rita Mae Brown, The Color Purple by Alice Walker. And those are my 10 favorite that I relisten too. Runners up where Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn, Glitty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamiton, The 1st Mercy Thompson Book by Patria Briggs, and anything by Erik Schuback.
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