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Discord's Apple

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  2,413 Ratings  ·  432 Reviews
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
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Published July 6th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 05, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fof-reads
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
Jul 13, 2010 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2010 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-or-syfy
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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
Kelley Anne
Jul 10, 2010 Kelley Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Nov 15, 2011 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2010 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
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
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
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Oct 19, 2011 Liz { nvl.tea } rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, own
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
Giovanni Gelati
Aug 12, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Aug 23, 2010 Mihir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
May 23, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ms. Vaughn,

Please respectfully accept this as my humble request that you write a sequel, companion book, follow-up, something to Discord's Apple, which is as kick-ass and original story as I have ever found. I loved that you merged Greek mythology, folktales and fairytales, King Arthur, global political struggle, and the most awesome little storeroom in the world into one intricate story. I am willing to take anything you may be willing to offer in this new world you have crafted, be it a s
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
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
This is my 3rd Carrie Vaughn book, and although I liked it well enough, I don't know if I will continue with more of Vaughn's work. I really enjoyed After the Golden Age, which was the first book of hers that I'd read, but I wasn't a fan of her first Kitty Norville book, or this one. To be fair, I think this book was decent, but it needed a fair bit of polish.

This is something of an epic book. It's got a LOT of ideas, and a lot of history and mythology backing it, but the length of the book req
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
Apr 23, 2011 Liv rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say this but I was actually disappointed with this book. While I generally adore Carrie Vaughn's works (in particular the Kitty Norville series), I just couldn't seem to get myself bought into the idea offered by this book.

The book was largely based on mythologies, and if you are a lover of Greek myths and Olympian gods, you may find this book fascinating to some extent. I actually thought that Carrie Vaughn may have started with a great idea, in venturing into a different paranormal r
May 03, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carolyn F.
Audiobook. Narrator did a really good job but the book itself, I didn't really care for. I have read so many "true" origins of the mythological gods and goddesses that I get bored as soon as you say Zeus or whoever. I'll stick with what Sherrilyn Kenyon says and everything else I'll just let my mind wander when their true faces come out. In this book the gods/goddesses and even Jesus are all just powerful magicians who made themselves worshiped but were ultimately killed by daddy Zeus when he sa ...more
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
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
Anna Walls
Apr 10, 2013 Anna Walls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Discord’s Apple as a late birthday present from a friend last year, which brings me to two points. 1) As you read this review, keep in mind that I am biased because this is not a book I would normally read. 2) For whatever reason, when I receive books as birthday presents from friends, they always end up being late birthday presents. This last point is nothing but trivia, however, keep in mind that I never would have read this book unless it was a gift.

Discord’s Apple is a very fast-p
Feb 21, 2016 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
When choosing books to read, I'm less picky about genre than I am about certain other criteria. First and foremost: good storytelling and originality. A lack of originality has all but turned me away completely from certain genres (high fantasy), and the presence of originality has made me love certain books in genres that run the risk of getting repetitive (post-apocalyptic fiction). It's rare indeed to find a book so incredibly original and so well told despite the fact that its whole premise ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fantasy
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 multiple generations. Our heroine, Evie, returns to her hometown to care for her father who is dying of cancer. She normally lives in LA and writes the stories for a graphic novel series called “Eagle Eyed Commandos” while her friend and business partner does the artwork. Bruce stays in LA with his girlfriend and phon ...more
2.5 Stars

I really liked this one at the start but it slowly started to disappoint fast. I really like mythology stuff and that was the reason I bought it. I was intrigued with Sinon's part as well as Evie's but the POV swaps had drawn me out of the story each time. There were so many POVs that it left me feeling confused at times and reluctant to read on.

There was a lot going on in this book that somehow just seemed to be tossed together. The comic book stuff didn't really seem to add much to th
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Carrie Vaughn is best known for her New York Times bestselling series of novels about a werewolf named Kitty who hosts a talk radio show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. The fourteenth installment, Kitty Saves the World, was released in 2015. Her forthcoming novels include a near-Earth space opera, Martians Abroad, from Tor Books, and a post-apocalyptic murder mystery, Bannerless, from John J ...more
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