Monday, July 20, 2015

Down the Stacks #9: Lord of the Changing Winds

This week on “Down the Stacks” we’ll be looking at a fantasy novel that takes a unique spin on a classic fantasy creature, the griffin.  The uniqueness of the author’s approach makes it difficult to judge the book as simply “good” or “bad,” because it simply ignores many expectations of griffins while still hitting many familiar notes.  Come with me on this journey through Lord of the Changing Winds by Rachel Neumeier, and maybe by the end we’ll figure out if it’s actually worth looking for the rest of its series.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Down the Stacks #8: The Fortress in Orion

This week’s offering for Down the Stacks is a good example of a “potboiler,” a piece of work good enough to get published and earn the author some money, but not groundbreaking or experimental.  The author is Mike Resnick, and the book in question is The Fortress in Orion.