ATTENTION WRITERS - Here is your chance to share your work. Send us your short stories to be published on-line. Click here for details Don't Delay

LATEST UPDATES


December 16



December 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook,
Illustrated Corner and
Voices From the Past


December 9



December 1, 2017
Updated Convention Listings and
Rocky Horror Picture Show


November
Book Pick
of the Month




November 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook,
Odds and Ends and
Voices From the Past


November 12



November 1, 2017
Updated Convention Listings and
Rocky Horror Picture Show


Previous Updates

WesternSFA
Discord's Apple
by Carrie Vaughn
Tor Books, 2010, $7.99, 339 pp
Release Date: March 1, 2011

This is a standalone, radical young adult fantasy by the author of the hugely popular Kitty series. Set in a near future in which most of the world is a low-grade war zone, the aptly named Evie Walker, who writes the script for a successful military-action comic, drives from L.A. to her small home town in Colorado, because her father is dying and she's all the family that's left.

It turns out that being a Walker carries a certain responsibility, and as the soon-to-be-last of the Walkers, Evie is in for it. For millennia, Walkers have been custodians of the worlds’ artifacts and magical treasures: glass slippers, swords that select true kings, golden fleece - stuff like that. Now, when Evie answers the door to a stranger, she may have something for that person - or she may get a strong sense that the person has no right to the requested item.

So what do you do when a man who has been unable to die since the Trojan War shows up, looking for a weapon that will undo Apollo's "gift" of immortality? And what do you say to the one remaining goddess of the Greek pantheon, who seems to have no scruples whatsoever, when she wants to claim the Apple of Discord that started that war? And what can you possibly say when Merlin shows up, looking for the once and future king?

The sub-stories are fascinating: the intimacy of Evie's creative process during her writing, the glimpses of Walker family history, the backstory of the young man who cannot be killed. Throughout, Vaughn exquisitely explores our human feelings of grief and love, longing and despair, courage and hope. Strongly recommended. ~~ Chris Paige

Follow us

for notices on new content and events.

Our Columns:

The Book Nook
Reviews of the latest in science fiction and fantasy

The Illustrated Corner
Reviews of the latest in Manga and Graphic Novels

Odds and Ends
Reviews of non-genre items our staff enjoyed
(Can be books, movies, TV shows or music)

Voices from the Past
Reviews of genre books from the past (at least 20 years old)
and those which are Out of Print but still wonderful to read

A Chat with
Interviews with people of interest
Current Interview: Brandon Sanderson

Author Appearance & News
This page lists author signings and appearances, convention news
and any other events we think might interest our readers.

Reel Talk
Reviews of current genre movies in the theater
and favorite and new DVD releases

A Tale Told Thusly
A place for new and established writers to show off their short stories

Trivia Contests

In Remembrance
Memories of those who have passed on



WesternSFA Main Page

Links of Interest

Email Us

Disclaimer

Copyright ©2005-2017 All Rights Reserved
(Note that external links to guest web sites are not maintained by WesternSFA)
Comments, questions etc. email WebMaster