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Sir Apropos of Nothing

(Sir Apropos of Nothing #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,861 ratings  ·  146 reviews
They were dark and stormy knights...and when they had their way with a helpless tavern wench one terrible evening, they had no idea that the result of that twilight brutality was going to come after them years later looking to settle the score...The result's unlikely name is Apropos: A rogue, a rascal, a scoundrel, a cheat...and those are his good points. Lame of leg but f ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 25th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published July 2001)
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Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jon, Hanna
Shelves: fantasy, humour
I enjoyed this book because it was very clever. I enjoyed the puns and the humour in the language. I thought that what Apropos did wasn't nice or kind in anyway, but there was character growth and it definitely kept things interesting. I've never read a book about an anti-hero before (well, not quite like this one!) so it was a wonderful change of pace.

There is some sex in it, but it's not smutty. There is some violence in it, but it's not gory. It's fairly middle of the road as far as objectio
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alissa by: Tani
Shelves: read-ebooks
"He had no idea who I was. He fell in love with what he thought was a peasant girl. It was only recently that he learned who I truly was . . . and vowed to me that he would take me away with him and we would live happily ever after."
"Four words that have no business in each other's company," I snorted. "One doesn't live ever after. One dies. And there's very little happily about it."
Sherwood Smith
Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones are known for how they brilliantly send up well-worn fantasy cliches. Peter David, in this fantasy about a limping base-born boy who is in a rage at an unfair world, also sends up a bunch of fantasy tropes, including some funny twists on common terms that get reinvented (The Harpies Bizarre being one of the most, er, compelling); but the humor is uncomfortably juxtaposed against some really ugly stuff. Heroes do horrible things, including the main character. ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
I don't know what my feelings are on rating a book I haven't finished, but I have realized that I will never rate any book I have finished 1 star because I don't finish books that are that bad.

So, let's use a little simile. When I was 14, I had a best friend, and my best friend and I wrote novels like crazy. We were our only readers. My best friend's primary character was a down-on-his luck, cast off, cynical royal who had left the castle go adventuring. The intro quote to her first novel about
Lubinka Dimitrova
3,5/5 stars. I would have enjoyed this book much more had it been a couple of hundred pages less. The hero - a person many of us would recognize as an exact portrayal of ourselves behaving like normal humans more often than not - ended up too goody good for my taste, while whining about being a selfish, egotistical bastard throughout the whole book. And no, I wasn't convinced by the "character evolution", nor by the flaming romance with the princess, not to mention that he lightly brushed off [s ...more
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
This book was based on a highly amusing basic premise, that of a main character who is something of an antihero: he's not of noble birth (other than being a noble bastard), he's not brave, honorable, a mighty warrior, etc, etc, etc, but is rather self-centered, cowardly, cynical, and lame, but manages to get himself into the world of knights & nobility anyway. As I say, an amusing concept, but one which started to wear thin after a while. I was going to give the book a poor rating as a result, b ...more
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'm afraid my review is a bit biased: the writing of the story is brilliant, the originality of it is both incredibly bold and astonishingly fresh. I just say that I loathe the book for the disgusting taste the main character left in my mouth when I was through with the book. I don't mind an anti-hero, I don't mind flawed heroes. I DO mind books with characters that lack a moral center, and revel in anger, revenge, and jealousy...when all of these emotions are aimed at friends and people who hel ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my radar for quite some time. I hadn't really read a summary in recent years, but I had this image in my head of something like Piers Anthony's Xanth series, but maybe less sexist. You know, light and humorous fantasy with lots of puns and playing with traditional fantasy tropes. Which was kind of accurate, but also really not. You see, Sir Apropos of Nothing is actually much more dark than I ever suspected. There are some majorly bad things that happen, such as gang rape, ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, humor
After reading a bunch of Peter David's old Hulk comics, I decided to check out one of his novels (not realizing that he wrote Imzadi, an AMAZING Star Trek: The Next Generation novel that I read a while back).

This book is pretty great. It takes all of your standard fantasy tropes and viciously skewers them.
It is also really, really funny.

I seem to write nothing but negative reviews lately (and even if they're not negative they still see me underwhelmed by a book all too often). Trust me, I wish I weren't because reading bad books is not something I enjoy. Unfortunately I cannot always tell with 100% accuracy whether I'm going to like a book before I start. These things happen, and it appears I've simply had a streak of bad luck with my reading. I'm hoping with each book I start that this will be the one to break the chain!

Sean Randall
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It's been almost three weeks since I had the time or inclination to pick up a novel. I don't exactly know why I've struggled to read lately, but getting back into the literary arts was certainly something on my agenda. And with what a title to start...

"there's nothing like seeing twenty armed men arriving too late to do anything about a disaster that truly stirs the heart to bursting with emotion."

That's the entire ambiance of this novel. Every joke, gibe, jape and jest appears to be one thing b
Heather Clawson
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
The main character is an ass and unfortuntely, he fails to be an ass in that smart-aleck, secretly kind-hearted way that some anti-heros manage to pull off so well. Bottom line: a book about an ass. Thank you Peter David. Because I don't have to deal with enough asses on a day-to-day basis. *rolls eyes* ...more
Eric Maier
Aug 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
I read to page 94 of this book (out of 647). I didn't like the writing style. It seemed incohesive and jumbled. There were a lot of over-used cliches. And the main character seemed to have "I was there" first-hand knowledge of events that happened before he was even born. Please. ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I'm not quite sure how to classify this book. It has so many different elements! I mean, its a fantasy, for sure. And it's funny, very funny. And yet, it isn't typical to any genre I've ever read.

Apropos of Nothing is the perfect anti-hero. He looks out for number one, first and formost. Actually, I'll go further than that. He really doesn't care about anyone else, except for his mother. Damsels in distress? Don't call on Apropos!

Apropos is the son of a whore. Begot by rape, one night, by kni
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Here's the thing: I give this three stars because I honestly don't know what I feel about it, and that seems like a good middle ground.
The thing about Peter David's antihero Apropos is that he is indeed an antihero. In fact, he takes antiheroism to the Nth degree. He makes an art form out of antiheroism. On the one hand, that's awesome, and bold, and brilliant, and creative, and very well done. On the other, I hated everyone in this book pretty much all the time. This makes reading a book rather
Picked up this book at a used book store in Pike Place Market when I realized my bus book wasn't going to get it done. It was an excellent bus book. The pages turned. I can't say that I liked our main character, Apropos. He was mostly a dick. But Peter David did a nice job of playing with the unsympathetic hero/side kick trope and making me have sympathy for the guy even while I despised him for violating Wheaton's Law again and again. I liked it a WHOLE lot more than I liked Un Lun Dun, perhaps ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not the best of David's work, but very enjoyable. The character starts out insufferable but grows on you and actually grows up during the storytelling. I admit I saw most of the punchlines a mile away, but still enjoyed the telling of the tale. ...more
G.D. Burkhead
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy with a sense of humour about the genre
Shelves: no-longer-owned
A recommendation from danniangel & mousme, as well as Fenris from the SDMB/UB, I picked up a used copy of Sir Apropos of Nothing a month or so ago & started reading it over the weekend.

The book starts in media res, with Apropos caught cuckolding a knight; as a squire, this is definitely not recommended as a career move. He escapes through luck and a quick wit, then proceeds to fill us in on his background. The bastard son of a whore, born with a lame leg, his childhood was as mean and crude as o
Oct 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originality - this is what you start looking for, when you see dozens of new books published, virtually indistinguishable from each other. And this book has it in abundance.

Is it simple to find another lame, cynical scoundrel as a protagonist of a fantasy novel? And it's not that he grows out of it to become another run-of-the-mill prince charming - he stays consistent for the length of the trilogy. He is a hero out of necessity not choice, and if by saving his own skin he can save the world - w
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is perhaps the oddest book I’ve ever read… the hero, Apropos, is the guy that should almost be the villain or more so just a background character… at one point he even realizes this… and it makes him angrier… he is deceitful, manipulative, and vengeful… and yet as much as you feel like you shouldn’t like him, David some how manages to make him likeable in his way… it’s like understanding the other side of the story… the guy you normally only see as a one dimensional character… all together ...more
Nobbynob Littlun
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
From what the description says, you might expect this to be a light-hearted read, somewhere in the neighborhood of Terry Pratchett or A. Lee Martinez.


It certainly has a lot of very cynical humor, and is at times outright funny, but it's also very gritty and unpleasant at times. The author frequently enjoys turning your expectations as a reader of what's going to happen on their head, as well.

I've noticed that others, in their review, describe Apropos as being an utterly despicable character.
May 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Somebody recommended this book to me, comparing the Sir Apropos of Nothing series to Douglas Adams' humor in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. That just set me up for disappointment. Peter David, though a good author with an able wit about him, is nowhere as intelligently ludicrous as Mr. Adams. And, unfortunately, his protagonist isn't a lovable bumbling hero like Arthur Dent ... Apropos is a self-serving weasel who happens to be so "unlucky" that his selfish actions backfire and result in ...more
Pascal Zielke
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite Fantasy satires ever. The adventures of Sir Apropos isn't the conventional heroic fantasy story. It can be very witty and funny, but also dark and cynical. Somehow this anti-hero of a character, who always thinks of himself first but ends up doing good things in the end, develops into a likeable character, with flaws and everything. Since this is written in the perspective of Apropos you get to see a lot of what makes him tick and why he acts the way he does.
The clever thing
Matt Horowitz
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Peter David as a reader of the Star Trek novels. Indeed, he wrote one of the best Worf stories I've ever read. After that I began following his comic stuff & it was a pleasure to start reading his novel work. Sir Apropos is everything a knight is not but he has that plucky survivor's spirit that I love in characters. The book accurately represents Peter David's twisted sense of humor but also combines it with a nasty streak that makes it even funnier (in a sad, whincing sort o ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well this book was highly entertaining. A fantasy satire, it presents the protagonist as somewhat of an anti-hero you can't help but like and dislike at the same time as he takes the most practical and cynical approach to life's obstacles.

I found that I could relate to the main character Apropos because he mostly utilizes inner monologue to express his wit and as many of my close friends can attest to I am inclined to randomly grin or chuckle at a passing thought I have and by the time I want t
Nov 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is a fantasy satire. Parts of it were very humorous, for instance, the names of the characters. There was a lot of word play and puns. However, the protagonist was pretty unlikeable. Also, some of the material the author chooses to poke fun at (gang rape, prostitution, killing prostitutes) is not remotely funny. David is clever, and I can see exactly where he's aiming: unfortunately, he takes me to a lot of places I just don't want to go. ...more
Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Typical fantasy adventure stuff. Great puns, great humor, but I hated the main character too much to enjoy the story. He's a bit too realistic -- selfish, hateful, cowardly, dishonest -- and yet everything still works out for him. Offends my sense of justice. ...more
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Feb 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanna - Censored by GoodReads by: found lying around
Perhaps it's because I started this right after finishing The Martian Chronicles, but this is not starting well with me.

Also, I'm not as fond of puns as the author seems to be. I say this after finishing the first chapter.

ETA: I gave it three chapters, and that was plenty. Bleah!
Jul 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
I may pick up another Peter David novel in the future, but don't let's hold our breath, ok? ...more
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