Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny

My current passion for cool cover art led me to this book while browsing at Book Town Books in Grass Valley. The pulpy nature of the story is countered by the classy sophistication of the cover art.  But what does the art here have to do with anything? The book is about a hardened criminal released from a post-apocalyptic prison so he can drive a … Continue reading Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny

Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

This book was a lot of fun. The story opens with an amnesia victim, Corwin, a man on the run.  To escape, he must figure out who he is.  Not a terribly original set-up, even in 1970 when Nine Princes in Amber was written, but it’s a formula that works.  I was hooked from page one, or maybe page three. Not too far into the … Continue reading Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

Sunday Salon: The Third Book is the Charm

Usually, I love Ed McBain.  His 87th Precint series is just my thing.  Mr. McBain wrote dozens of police procedurals set in a fictional city, probably based on Chicago, with a recurring cast of characters.  Each book stands alone while following the lives of the officers and their families forward through contemporary America.  They are character driven novels, but the characters never overwhelm the plot, … Continue reading Sunday Salon: The Third Book is the Charm