Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef
admin / November 14, 2014
One of the things I like about writers who set their works in the future is that they are essentially allowing the reader to be a time traveler.  Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef does this.  I’m not talking doom and gloom apocalypse or rocket ships and teleporting, but rather a glimpse of a possible future.  All of this is done in a nicely packaged murder mystery that will leave you guessing as you work your way through it.   Shatter Point gives us several key players - Maggie the focus of a psychopath’s attention, her[..]
New Frontier by Jeremy Lee – A Review
admin / February 07, 2014
The one thing that is the most enjoyable about the genre of science fiction is entering the realm of possibility – the land of that which could happen.  Many people read the genre as an escape, others for the action, some, well, just because.  And that's ok. However, for many the reason they flock to the style is to take a figurative, if not literal, glimpse into the future.  Think Brave New World, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1984 or, if you haven't read it, check out Stand on Zanzibar for a few frighteningly accurate[..]
Random Act of Kindness/Pay It Forward Continues – Chive On
admin / December 16, 2013
Things have never really been black and white for me, until I looked at the shirt and stickers that I'm going to send to a couple of folks.  Looks like the BFM and Chive gear is, at least at the moment, black and white.Earlier in the year I found myself with some extra Chive gear on my hands and I gave it away.  I'm doing it again.  You know, it being the holiday season and such.So pass this along.  Tell people about it.  Most importantly, leave a comment below.  On December 31st before I go[..]
Second Star to the Right by Mary Alice Monroe – a Review.
admin / December 08, 2013
Everyone’s knows Peter Pan, or so they say.  Most would likely tell you it’s a children’s tale about a boy who didn’t want to grow up. They wouldn’t be wrong. But they wouldn’t be right. I believe the reality is that many have simply forgotten the real meaning behind J. M. Barrie’s classic. In the past week I realized all that I had forgotten from Peter Pan, or Peter and Wendy, as the Barrie novel from more than a century ago is known. And for this realization, I have Mary Alice Monroe to thank. I’ve[..]
The Rising Wind – Ken Floro, III – A Review
admin / August 16, 2013
So the saga begins. Author Ken Floro III, from the heart of middle America, takes us on a trip to another world. From the pages of The Rising Wind springs forth this new land, complete with damsels, myth, legend, knights, magic, mystery, intrigue, adventure, yes, all of this. And one Goblin.  Neat chap, this Goblin. The tale centers on a simple trip, or what should have been a simple trip.  Our protagonist, Marcavius Maximus, known as Marc, recently having completed his training and becoming an Imperial Knight, is traveling to the city of Wyvernspur where[..]
Pay It Forward
admin / April 18, 2013
Last year a friend reminded me about The Chive.  I say reminded because I knew about the site but for whatever reason hadn’t visited for a while.   I started stopping by again and decided I wanted a tee shirt.  Easier said than done. It was at this point I was reminded of a lesson my mother passed along to me as a child – Just because you want something doesn’t mean you can have it. I needed a plan – Keep Calm and Chive On – in two basic parts. It seems to have worked[..]