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Sir Apropos of Nothing

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Peter David

An antihero for the 21st century, Apropos springs from his mother's womb with a full set of teeth, ready to bite anyone who gets in the way of his survival in this fast, fun, heroic fantasy satire. Serious issues are bound to concern a child born of … see full wiki

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Author: Peter David
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket
1 review about Sir Apropos of Nothing

Hero or fool?

  • Oct 23, 2009
Rating:
+5
This is a very strange yet humorous and compelling book. The author has told a tale of fantasy with all of the usual elements, but he has infused it with a darker side. That side is the interior monologues of the protagonist, who can't decide if he is a hero or simply one who is subject to all the troubles that can be visited upon one person.

I love the names of the people and places in this book, and every time another wierd name came up I chuckled aloud. The book explores, albeit in a somewhat humorous way, what exactly comprises the idea of the "hero" in fantasy literature. Even though one feels that Apropos is that "hero", there are many moments of doubt, both for the reader and Apropos himself.

From an extremely humble and tragic beginning of his life, he moves around an odd world peopled with odd folks and attempts just to get along and hold on to his skin. Unfortunately, fate keeps throwing curve balls at him and somehow he appears to survive one, only to be struck by another.

The supporting cast is uniformly well-written and excellent and are important parts of the story. The book ends with the promise of more "adventures" to come, and I look forward to reading all about them.

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