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Since I'm announcing it everywhere else, I guess I'll post it here, too:  My latest Amazon Kindle book, The Eyrie: A Book of Gryphons will be available starting August 15.  As I explain in the introduction, I spent a lot of time in my formative years looking for gryphon stories, articles, folktales and essays and found little beyond Alice in Wonderland.  Thus I had to write my own:

www.amazon.com/Eyrie-Book-Gryp…

I'm also giving out free quotes from the book, so here's a quote for DeviantArt:

"Nineteenth-century naturalist Valentine Ball provided an even less likely origin for gryphons.  First of all, he believed that the high mountains where the lion-birds roosted were the Himalayas.  Building on that, he suggested:

“'Taking Photios’s account alone, and excluding from it the word birds, and for feathers reading hair, we have a tolerably accurate description of the hairy black-and-tan coloured Thibetan [sic] mastiffs, which are now, as they were doubtless formerly, the custodians of the Thibetans, their gold-miners as well as others.' [4]

"So gryphons were actually dogs?  Well, if you take the description of the gryphon and exclude from it the word eagle, and for lion read cocker spaniel, you could make it sound more canine.  I have my doubts."

. . . And people are getting nostalgic about Winnie-the-Pooh, and naming their favorite characters.  I've come across several posts of people saying they didn't like Rabbit, as he was grouchy, cranky, bossy, etc.  Hey, Rabbit was my favorite character, and I think this YouTube clip demonstrates why:



Luragh Hunts Woolly Rhinoceros
Luragh the anthro saber-tooth thinks he's up to tackling a woolly rhino on Koratha, the Prehistoric Planet.
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Gryphon Spell
From a story I began but never finished over 20 years ago, "The Man Who Liked Gryphons."  A young fellow tries to summon a gryphon with the help of a magic book -- but ends up a gryphon himself.  For some reason, he acts like that's a bad thing . . .
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Since I'm announcing it everywhere else, I guess I'll post it here, too:  My latest Amazon Kindle book, The Eyrie: A Book of Gryphons will be available starting August 15.  As I explain in the introduction, I spent a lot of time in my formative years looking for gryphon stories, articles, folktales and essays and found little beyond Alice in Wonderland.  Thus I had to write my own:

www.amazon.com/Eyrie-Book-Gryp…

I'm also giving out free quotes from the book, so here's a quote for DeviantArt:

"Nineteenth-century naturalist Valentine Ball provided an even less likely origin for gryphons.  First of all, he believed that the high mountains where the lion-birds roosted were the Himalayas.  Building on that, he suggested:

“'Taking Photios’s account alone, and excluding from it the word birds, and for feathers reading hair, we have a tolerably accurate description of the hairy black-and-tan coloured Thibetan [sic] mastiffs, which are now, as they were doubtless formerly, the custodians of the Thibetans, their gold-miners as well as others.' [4]

"So gryphons were actually dogs?  Well, if you take the description of the gryphon and exclude from it the word eagle, and for lion read cocker spaniel, you could make it sound more canine.  I have my doubts."

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