Date: January 12 2013 6:27 AM Title: Chapter 10
I love the story so far. In respose to your note about the Pteraodon. Its fosile was first discovered outside of Erope by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1870 which was in the latter part of the 17th century. as per wikipedia.
Plese keep writing.
Author's Response: Thanks. Although, I think you meant to write "...19th century." As the 17th century = the 1600's AD. ;-)
Date: January 01 2010 4:52 AM Title: Chapter 28
A very good story, Carycomic. Do you read Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt books, by the way? Just curious.
Author's Response: The only Cussler novel I ever read was RAISE THE TITANIC. After the movie version that starred the late, great Richard Jordan.
Date: December 30 2009 1:34 PM Title: Chapter 27
* Benandanti: in Italian, literally, "the Good Walkers." A pagan agrarian fertility cult that was active in the Friulian region of northern Italy until stamped out by the Roman Catholic Church circa the mid-17th century. Legend had it they could shapeshift into wolves; similar to the kresniki (vampire-hunting werewolves) of Croatian folklore.
Date: December 30 2009 12:51 AM Title: Chapter 26
Thanks for the heads-up on this story. I just read it all, and I did enjoy it. Vore is not usually my thing, but I did like the unique touch of having the eater absorb the memories of the 'eatee'.
I felt kind of sorry for the bridesmaids; I didn't really know what kind of girls they were to begin with, but I can't believe they deserved to end up like the Brides of Dracula or something. I guess I'm just enough of a romantic to believe that any giantess can be saved (by the right fella).
And, as usual, your authentic western characters, dialogue and history really make your stories a pleasure to read.
Author's Response: You are most welcome. :-)
Date: December 08 2009 2:55 PM Title: Chapter 11
Very good. I see they've got triple trouble. His advasaries are busy as a bee.
Did you see that joke in the comics Monday, where Adam and Eve are holding slates up for the Lord to see? Eve had witten 2 X 2 = 4, and Adam's says 3 X 3 = 9. God responds "Yes, that is multiplication, but, sigh, thats not what I meant."
Thanks for the story, Carycomic.
Author's Response: You're most welcome. But, I have added other chapters since then, you know. ;-)
Date: November 27 2009 3:37 PM Title: Chapter 19
Note: the jumping cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida) is a species of cactus native to the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. It's spiny, ball-shaped branches are so easily detachable, they seem to "jump" on to whatever animal or person unconsciously brushes against them. Resulting in the imbedding of needles painfully difficult to remove!
Author's Response: And, the D'Estaing dirk was a kind of 19th-century switchblade, that could be used as both weapon and eating utensil.
Date: November 20 2009 8:58 AM Title: Chapter 18
* 1st Alabama Cavalry (U.S. Volunteers): anti-slavery Southerners who fought in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Congreve rockets: the artillery used by the British at the Battle of Fort McHenry, during the War of 1812. The red glare from which was immortalized in a certain poem by Francis Scott Key.
Date: November 04 2009 12:00 PM Title: Chapter 16
* Pettingill revolver: a .44-caliber weapon, with a concealed hammer, that combined the attributes of a conventional six-gun with those of the French "pepperbox" pistol. Although, by most accounts, not always too reliably.
Date: October 29 2009 12:03 PM Title: Chapter 15
* Ketchum grenade: a 19th-century predecessor of the "potato masher" grenade made famous by both World Wars. It consisted of a wooden handle with delta-shaped wings so that Union soldiers could throw it with greater accuracy. And, consequently, with greater hope that the gunpowder-filled metal ball on top would land upside down. Causing a small metal plunger to press inward and ignite that gunpowder!
Date: October 24 2009 5:57 PM Title: Chapter 13
*Brevet major: during the American Civil War, commissioned officers were commonly given battlefield promotions that allowed them to command greater numbers of men, without receiving raises in pay. These were called "brevet" promotions
Squadron: the 19th-century cavalry equivalent of a battalion. Usually composed of four troops (or companies), with three squadrons per regiment.
"Galvanized Yankees:" Confederate POW's recruited for Western Indian-fighting duty, during the Civil War.
Date: September 08 2009 4:08 PM Title: Chapter 1
Now I remeber the movie's title. It was "The Lair of The White Worm." The words "snake" and "worm" are derived from the same root.
Like "Dragon" is the old word for "Dinosaur." Alley opp opp opp be de opp.
Date: September 03 2009 8:27 PM Title: Chapter 8
You might call this "Of Mice and Men." This is reminicient of a movie I watched where a woman could change herself into a snake. But she could be charmed with music.
Author's Response: The legend about Dr. Steel's "carbuncle" is an actual piece of folklore from the town of Moodus, Connecticut. The rest is derived purely from my warped imagination. Bwa-hahahaha!
Date: September 03 2009 8:21 PM Title: Chapter 7
The last part of that quotation, from the Bible, is always left off: "The sins of the fathers are visited on their children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me." If one turns to the Lord, that breaks the chain.
Date: July 26 2009 9:16 PM Title: Chapter 8
Note: for those of you who never watched "Sharpe's Rifles" on PBS? The Peninsular War was the five-year stretch of the Napoleonic Wars that was fought in French-occupied Spain and Portugal. A.k.a. the Iberian Peninsula.