Welcome to Hippogriff’s Aerie, I’m Brian, aka Hippogriff. I’ve loved the Fantasy Fiction genre since I read The Hobbit, Narnia, and Prydain books as a young boy, then moved to Lord of the Rings, Elric, Amber, and Lankhmar. I’ve read over 300 books in the genre, and maintain an extensive library of hard covers and paperbacks (hard covers are my preference). I do not have an e-reader.
I’m over 40, an avid reader, and an aspiring writer working on my own novel. My favorite authors are Roger Zelazny, Robin Hobb, Glen Cook, Michael Moorcock, and lately Patrick Rothfuss, Howard Andrew Jones, and Brandon Sanderson. I have a lot of other hobbies and things I collect – board games, pinball machines, electric guitar, Snoopy, Godzilla, and animatronics to name a few.
The purpose of this blog is to simply provide my objective thoughts about the books I read. Reviews are subjective and not everyone has the same reading experience. However, by finding commonalities between what I like and what you like, you may be able to determine whether or not to pursue reading a book if you find that our interests line up more often than not. I talk about my likes and dislikes, and although I have an account on Goodreads, I don’t review there or at Amazon and I don’t use numeric scores for reviews, all of which I explain here.
I will occasionally mix in some other topics – author interviews, a few movie reviews (I try to limit this to a couple a year), personal issues that impact the blog (I try to limit those too), and a rare post about items in my collection. I used to blog about TV shows to fill in my time between posts, and then I took a 3 year hiatus due to burnout, but I returned with a renewed commitment to reading and reviewing fantasy fiction after learning about fake positive reviews. So I set some reading goals and I seemed to have found my rhythm. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and at the end of each year I will have a “year in review” post, as well as ranking my favorite books by publishing date.
I hope you enjoy the site. Please leave comments here on how I can improve the blog or what you would like to see more of, or just to say hi – I’d love to hear from you!