Date: October 10 2011 3:23 PM Title: Chapter 9
I like your mention of Greek fire, a fire that was made stronger by water. You're the first person I know of other than me who knew what that was! I liked the giantess dream, keep up the good work!
Author's Response: I will do so. As I originally stated in the title notes (before revising it into a dedication), this was meant as a prequel to ...MORE THAN ONE CAN CHEW. A gst-story from Pete Smith's original Free Forum set in WWII-era Argentina. And, hopefully, I will have an opportunity in the near-future to repost it, here.
Date: October 10 2011 3:11 PM Title: Chapter 5
I like the research you did to find out that it takes eight hours to cross the Panama canal. This is starting out to be an interesting adventure so far!
Author's Response: Well, I know the stories here aren't meant to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. But, I like to provide something more than the usual sexual cliches. Especially, since I can't describe the latter nearly as well as most others can!
Date: October 10 2011 3:03 PM Title: Chapter 3
a279;a279;a279;a279;a279;In the beginning of the story you wrote: "Then information was in his hands in less than hour-and-a-half" I think the word "an" should be inserted between "than" and "hour." This is getting to be a great read, I find the point in history you're writing about to be very interesting, the turn of the 20th century and World War One.
Author's Response: Thanks1 I don't how I missed that, the first time around.
Date: October 10 2011 2:58 PM Title: Chapter 2
You certainly did your research, the scientist who found Troy is someone my Art History teacher mentioned. I also like your conenction bewtween the Eastern and Western hemisphere that you started mentioning in chapter one. I think there very well may have been trading going on in ancient times between the Americas and the eastern hemisphere.
Date: October 10 2011 2:53 PM Title: Chapter 1
Had a chance to read and do a review, I like the connection between the Mexican plant and the ancient Phoenicians. I don't know if this was a mistake or not, but the German archeologist was born in 1923, but the diary starts out in 1903. Was the diary written by a different person?
Author's Response: I had Gustave receive it as a tenth-birthday present. Hence, he was born circa 1893, which would make him thirty at the time of the Phillips Expedition.
Date: August 24 2011 4:11 PM Title: Chapter 16
* Tik-balange/kappa hybrid: see chapter 13.
Ciguatera: a form of food poisoning caused by eating certain sea creatures infected with dinoflagellates. One of the chief symptoms is an hallucinogenic reversal of the sensations of hot and cold (like blowing on ice cream to cool it off)!
Date: June 09 2011 8:02 PM Title: Chapter 10
Methinks they not be Christians, or does their faith win out over their doubting, as Thomas's did in the end?
Then who be me to judge? If they accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour and committed their lives to Him, they'd make it to heaven and the new earth with eternal life yet.
Author's Response: Well, their official anglophonic name is "St. Thomas Christians." "Nasrani" is apparently what they call themselves, in India. I simply adopted the term in an effort at increasing this story's historical verisimilitude.* *A word Carl Reiner once wanted to stamp out! ;-)
Date: June 09 2011 8:01 PM Title: Chapter 11
Well Captain. Things are looking slim. It could be a case of shrink or swim.
(And now, knowing you're a Spidey fan, here's a li'l ol' plug for Spectacular Spiderman: 20 / 16 Hindsight now up on most recent).
Author's Response: Nothing wrong with cross-plugging. It's how centers of international commerce (like New York City's Madison Avenue) stay in business.
Date: June 07 2011 11:29 AM Title: Chapter 10
* Lua: ancient Roman goddess of captured weapons.
Mercedarian: any member of a medieval order of Spanish knights, whose primary purpose was to swap themselves for any Christian religious pilgrim captured by Muslims (if the former were too poor to buy their own freedom, and were in danger of converting to Islam).
Nasrani Christians: Asiatic Indians who belong to the Church of St. Thomas the Doubter.
Date: May 29 2011 2:53 PM Title: Chapter 6
Remember an old 1960s DC comic called "The Sea Devils."?
One issue had them encounter a giant underwater woman (depicted beautifully for folks like us on the cover). Wish I'd kept mine.
Author's Response: Ah, yes! I remember reading a reprint of that. She was named, within the story, as "Circe!" I guess the writer(s) of that particular story conflated the zoomorphic sorceress of that name with the man-eating songbirds known as the Sirens (both, of course, from Homer's THE ODYSSEY).