Between a Roc and a Hard Place: Danny Birt

Originally published as a post during October 2010
Between a Roc and a Hard Place

I very carefully do not review a friend’s books. Even when that friend is just some guy I see at conventions on a regular basis, who has a charming smile and an engaging personality.


There are exceptions to every rule, and this is one of them. I have known Danny Birt for a relatively short time, mainly as a local filking talent (and by the way, that’s a show worth seeing–just sayin’). I’ve heard him read his fiction (he’s a good reader) and picked up an anthology of short stories in which he had some work (his story was good, the rest were decent). Then, this past weekend, at CapClave 2010, he had a book launch party.

Naturally I stopped by. (He had chocolate. Goooooood chocolate. Yeah. I was there.) And I bought his latest book, a short YA piece titled Between a Roc and a Hard Place. It looked cute, was relatively cheap, and I figured I could pass it off to the grandkids when I was done reading it.

That is so not gonna happen. This one’s MINE.

Here’s the gist: A mother dragon, forced to abandon her clutch of almost-ready-to-hatch eggs when a band of human hunters track her to her lair, picks out an egg and flies away, hoping to save at least one of her children. She winds up playing cuckoo-bird and leaving the egg in a roc’s nest; the rocs raise the (female) baby dragon as their own, with a few disturbing incidents along the way. Eventually the young dragon matures into her formidable heritage, and … well, I’m not going to spoil the ending for you. You’ll just have to read it yourself. Or to your kids.

Just be ready for this to be the most-requested bedtime story for a while.

It *ahem* rocs. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Danny Birt’s web site is here:

His blog is here:

Samples of his music can be found here:

Go ye forth and enjoy the madness!

 (2010, Cyberwizard Productions)


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