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Hero or fool?

  • Oct 23, 2009
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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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 a gang rape conducted by knights who wouldn't know the Holy Grail even if it was filled with mead and emptied over their heads. David, author of more than 40 novels, primarily Star Trek- or Babylon 5-related, knows how to spin a story, entertaining the reader with pathos, bathos, mythos and psychos. When Apropos sets off to rescue a bratty, Hecate-worshipping princess named Entipy, he's an angry young man, lame of leg and spirit. As a reluctant hero he must endure a wicked phoenix, the Outer Lawless Regions and the Screaming Gorge of Eternal Madness, not to mention the annoyingly brave Tacit, who claims he was raised by unicorns. In the course of his quest he also discovers his father and learns how to turn lemons into a high-octane lemonade. At times repugnant, at others delightful, but never boring, Sir Apropos wants to "break out of the little box that I had been placed in, first by society, then by the knights, and now by destiny itself." Of course he blows the box into smithereens, as does David, who appears to be planning still more adventures (and hopefully, misadventures) for his cranky, crazy knight. Agent, Andy Zack. (July 10) FYI: This book is the author's first non-tie-in novel since the '80s (Knight Life and Howling ...
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ISBN-10: 0743412346
ISBN-13: 978-0743412346
Author: Peter David
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket
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