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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 it...more
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is one I'd call a "potentially good book". We've talked about it before, a good idea with poor execution.

Let me say here that these are my impressions and feelings about this book. Some may like it more than I but all I can do here is give you my take and recommendation....or lack thereof.

The book disappointed me. As I started it I like the idea behind it and it started to draw me into the story. But, as I read the book slowly slid down "my own scale" from a 4 to a 3 and then a 2... by the...more
Stephanie
Evie Walker is a writer, a graphic novelist, living in L.A. in a world where militias run the cities of the U.S. and the world is on the brink of nuclear destruction. When she receives word that her dad, Frank, is sick, she climbs in her car and races off to Colorado to take care of her last surviving parent. Her mom was killed in a terrorist attack at the Pike Place Market in Seattle five years earlier and Evie is terrified of losing her dad.

Upon arriving at Franks's home, previously the home o...more
Wealhtheow
After her mother's murder, Evie Walker left her small hometown and began writing comics. Her stories about a US military ops team are very popular, particularly since they feed into the culture of paranoia and armament that the US has become in the wake of repeated terrorist attacks. But when her father is dying of cancer, Evie returns to the home she left, and finds it is far larger than she remembers. Because underneath her house lies the Storeroom, the repository of mythic items from all ages...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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I was ready to love this book. I'm a long time lover of Greek mythology, I thought Carrie Vaughn's previous book, Voices of Dragons, was excellent, and I'm a fan off her Kitty Norville series too. By all accounts I should have loved DISCORD'S APPLE, instead I found a flat protagonist, a confusing world, and too many separate stories that failed to come together in a satisfying way.

The description of DISCORD'S APPLE leads you to believe that...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This is my first time reading one of Carrie Vaughn's books, and it wasn't a bad start either. It wasn't what I expected, but then, I didn't know what to expect so I was bound to be surprised.

Evie Walker leaves the city - which, like all the other cities in America, has been divvied up by local militias who have started fighting each other instead of terrorists - to go home to her family's house in the country, to be with her dad who's dying of cancer. From the moment she arrives, she detects som...more
Stephen
Discord's Apple is a solidly written book. The protagonist is well characterized and has an interesting background. I found the near-future sliding-into-chaos setting very interesting. The storeroom which is central to the book's plot is also a nice idea and worth writing about.

Despite all of that, the book didn't seem to come together quite right. I never found myself drawn into the story; the events of the book felt more like a play than an accounting of real events in another time/place. Most...more
Chris
A compelling story with some interesting twists, told in the light-hearted manner of Carrie Vaughn as she also does with her Kitty Norville series.

That said, I enjoyed it. She had some great ideas in this book and it was a quick paced read. I just felt it could have been much more epic. The ideas would have worked in a larger scale and done so nicely. This was a good taste of what that could have been like, and it was worth reading.

I found myself thinking of American Gods often, and The Passage...more
Heather Tisdale
Discord's Apple uses the story of Troy as a basses for a modern day tale. As the magic of old leaves the world artifacts from the gods and heroes end up in one place, a storeroom that is watched over by the same family throughout the centuries. The story brings in bits from different fairy tales, but the overall focus is on the Greek Pantheon and Hera's quest to finally gain possession of the apple of discord, despite the fact that it does not belong to her. Evie must protect the storeroom with...more
Crystal
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Kelley Anne
Just won this in the first-reads giveaway! I have been a fan of Carrie Vaughn's for a while, so I'm looking forward to this!



Carrie Vaughn never fails to intrigue me with her ideas. I am a great fan of hers. First she added a fun new twist to the standard werewolf novel with her Kitty series. Then she broke into the Young Adult scene with a great novel involving dragons. The first book that I had ever read about dragons! And now she has hit it out of the park with Discord's Apple. I don't think t...more
Giovanni Gelati
I really don’t think Vaughn left much out of this novel. I felt a bit overwhelmed as I have not read her work and didn’t know what to expect, and by overwhelmed I mean it in a good way. The story goes all the way back to the time that gods were formed and ruled the Earth to present day. How does she carry that off you may ask, she does very well, thankfully.
Here is what the inside jacket of the book has to say: “When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that h...more
Justin
Evie Walker is a comic book writer who is to inherit a magical storeroom from her terminally ill father. Unbeknownst to her, it has been the duty of her family for thousands of years to keep this storeroom safe. The storeroom contains artifacts from myth and legend, such as the Golden Fleece, Cinderella’s slippers, and of course Discord’s apple. Not only is Evie about to inherit these objects of legend, but she is also about to inherit the attention of powerful beings that would love to obtain t...more
Callista
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Rosa
This book brought together several genres that I didn't necessarily think would come together nicely. The world is ending, every country is at war with each other but Evie is more concerned with going home to see her father who is dying. Once she arrives she starts learning about the store room in her father's house. It's filled with magical items from every world mythology and fairy tale. It is now Evie's turn to become the caretaker. Meanwhile Hera is trying to take advantage and get Discord's...more
Merrie Haskell
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Grace
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Anna Walls
With the world, and certainly the United States falling apart under the horrendous pressure of war, cartoonist Evie Walker strives to keep the candle of hope lit with her Eagle Eye Commandos storyline, but it all falls apart when she learns that her father is sick. Using all of her fuel rations, she heads half way across the country to be by his side. But food and fuel rationing and checkpoints are not the only thing she finds in the near ghost town she calls home, nor is her grandparents' house...more
Chris
Good idea, but it just doesn't work.

I like Carrie Vaughn, but I don't like this book. At times, this book is trying to weave together too many plot threads - immortals, gods, Arthur, Troy, end-of-the-world, comic books, and a secret room. It's just too much and nothing really seems to gel. The characters are shadows. Even the comic book plot, which is supposed to stand in for Evie's development and be homage to an old sci-fi show from the 1980s. (Honestly, it wasn't that bad of a show, but Jessi...more
Lisianthus
Wow, okay. Where to begin? Greek mythology was what originally made me to read this book. I really enjoyed the different persepctives and Alex/Sinon was definetely my favourite character... maybe because he was the most well rounded character in the book. Maybe if it had been longer we sould have learnt more about Evie. I liked the new perspective on the gods and there was a twist when King Arthur and Merlin meet ancient Greek Mythology.

There was a definetely a lot of planning and build up to th...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for Book Chick City.

This book wasn't quite what I expected it to be at all. I love Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series, but this was very different. It took a little while to get going, as it felt very disjointed at first. You begin with Evie the main protagonist's story, then the second chapter is about the fall of Troy which totally threw me. And the book continues like this with alternating stories. Evie, more about Troy and the Greek Gods, some other stories which it took...more
StrangeBedfellows
I knew from her "Kitty Norville" series that Carrie Vaughn is a talented writer. Still, within the first few pages of "Discord's Apple" it became clear that she is, in fact, a consummate storyteller. This book is wildly imaginative, compelling, and clever; truly, it's one of the best stories I've ever read.



Vaughn revisits several beloved tales and myths, juxtaposing them a grim, conflict-torn modern reality. There are actually multiple, connected stories here, all overlapping each other in a fl...more
S.N. Arly
This is merely an okay book, which is a shame because the story itself had such potential and the author can do much better. Instead of Vaughn's usual more polished work, this feels like a first draft, one that didn't go through a rewrite. It's a short book and I read it in an evening. I would recommend against buying it in hardcover, though for die hard Vaughn fans, it may be worth checking out of the library.

The book ties together the threads of four stories: The Storeroom's history, Evie the...more
Mihir

Discord's Apple is my introduction to Carrie Vaughn & I was apprehensive at the amount of polarized reviews this book had. I tried it because of its Greek mythological aspect as I'm a sucker for it. DA begins a near distant future wherein much of the world is in state of organized chaos. Evie Walker is a comic book writer who is scripting a series about a military team whose actions mirror those in the real world. Also distinguishing about her background is the fact that President also know...more
Liz
First and foremost: amazing concept. Totally original, and I'm surprised I haven't seen another book with it already. It's genius! I was really excited to get the ARC from goodreads.

A very fast read for me - two days total, though I probably could have whipped through it in a day if I hadn't had to go to work. It's an easy read, and I love the alternating chapters. I was a little confused within the first couple of chapters, but once I figured out the pattern, it was incredibly enjoyable.

I thin...more
Ryan Mac
This book has a little bit of everything in it: Greek mythology, near future national security concerns, military comic books, Merlin and the end of the world. Evie finds out the basement of her home contains a storeroom full of treasures from old myths and she stands to inherit the mission of protecting that storeroom when her father, sick with cancer, dies. With the world crumbling around her (attacks in Russia, India and Pakistan), someone wants to get into the storeroom to get a particular o...more
Lyssa
Figured I'd give this a try as everyone raves about her Kitty Norville series (never read those either). Definitely a quick read, but that's more due to length rather than it grabbing my attention. I found it too easy to put down and pick up later.

I'd summarize this as wrong execution of a right idea - the rediscovery of magic in a pre-apocolyptic age. However the characters were all what you expected them to be: no quirks or surprises, the stoic father, the "i'm so confused, what's going on, h...more
Susanhayeshotmail.com
Lotta potential, I liked the first couple of chapters but discord's Apple failed to fully satisfy in the end. Uhm, plus side - like her comic book (or is graphic novel the correct term?) heroine Evie is feeling her way to becoming a strong female character, and that's good. Loved King Arthur and Merlin mixing it up with the Greeks and all but still just a little flat somehow. If you don't know your legends and mythology you'd have a lot to sort out. And do we really need to work les-bi-gay sexua...more
Julia
There are several storylines in this fast moving entertainment. It combines Greek gods, magic wielders from other cultures, Greek history and a very near future manufactured nuclear war and terrorism into one tidy storyline. I’d happily read another book with these characters. Evie Walker, a comic strip writer leaves a nuclear war-torn Los Angeles in a dystopia taking place a few minutes from now for rural Colorado, where her father is dying. Sinon, who convinced the Trojans to let in the Trojan...more
Lorena
I agree with some of the other reviews I've glanced at here; this was a good book, with a grand, vast idea, and yet somehow it just seemed... smaller... than it could have been. The characters had great potential (and yet...) -- an immortal carrying crushing guilt (who is kind of a whiner); a woman coming into hereditary powers (who continues to look to men to rescue her); even a storeroom full of the most amazing wonders (that we never get to see too much of).

I liked it, don't get me wrong. I...more
julia
This was an odd book. Unlike her 'Kitty' series, it doesn't occur in our world, but rather a very similar world only with the world on the brink of disaster. It brings in the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, as well as a couple other people from the time of Troy and the destruction thereof. At first I thought it read like the first in a series-a lot of set-up, learning who's who and why they're important. Then we come to the end. Can't say I'm a fan of the ending. Still, getting to that part wa...more
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Challenge Overloa...: Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn 8 5 Apr 29, 2012 10:59AM  
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Vaughn was born into a military family and has lived all over the U.S. She received a BA from Occidental College, after which she went on to work too many jobs to count until she went back to school to receive her MA from University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently lives in Boulder, CO.
More about Carrie Vaughn...
Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville #2) Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville #4) Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville #3) Kitty's House of Horrors (Kitty Norville, #7)

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