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Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed [Report This]
Date: 29 Jul 2013 15:03 Title: Chapter 1

Just reread this after four years and it still stirs the same feelings in me:  That no matter how much we 'evolve,' no matter how much Mankind learns from the mistakes of the past, some things will never change.  Kids will be kids, and do things in their youth that are not wise, despite knowing that it will hurt those around them.  That even coming from the best of situations, it doesn't mean your life will be perfect.

That some families are good, and loving, and willing to take the good with the bad, and work to strengthen and support each other no matter the situation.  And just because you weren't lucky enough to be born into such a family, it doesn't mean you'll never have one, or receive - and even give - that kind of love and respect.

That there is an unspoken bond between siblings that isn't necessarily related to blood ties, and that even though they may fight with one another, no outsider better mess with them - ever!

The descriptions in this piece were lovely, and evoked images of the bitterly cold, blustery winters in my corner of PA, but this piece is about so much more; is so much deeper, and it's only after you're done reading it, and have time to carefully ruminate on all the things that were *not* said, that you are struck by its sheer beauty.

Truly an exceptional piece of writing.

Reviewer: FalseBill Signed [Report This]
Date: 20 Jul 2013 10:25 Title: Chapter 1

though good and bad, does seem Scotty motto at times.

A solid story that was as always easy enough to read that you could focus on the deeper questions.

The Trek future isn't perfect because people aren't going to change, just there seem more heros ready to act as a guidelight for the others. Scotty and Corry are a great team.

and finally Radioactive Vulcan zombie II - the Returns just seem the story with a little light and give me a needed laugh. well done

Author's Response: Thanks so much. I've always been proud of the layers in this one.

Reviewer: Mistral Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 19 Jan 2010 13:49 Title: Chapter 1

A great tale, Steff. But you knew that. Give and take.

Author's Response: Thank you, Mistral. <3

Reviewer: Gojirob Signed [Report This]
Date: 14 Jan 2010 00:26 Title: Chapter 1

Aside from my loving almost any winter story (Winter's about the only time we NJ Shore residents get any peace), I couldn't help but laugh to think about zombies and Simon Pegg. Slice of life, indeed, fresh from the oven.



Author's Response: LOL! Wrong Scott by awhile (this was written, I think, before Pegg was even cast in the new movie), but I'm glad you liked it! Thank you!

Reviewer: kes7 Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 13 Jan 2010 16:13 Title: Chapter 1

I just love the whole surrogate brothers vibe that you've developed so well with Scott and Corry.  They're together through thick and thin.  Love all the little touches, too, too many to list.  Radioactive Vulcan Zombies II, the skimmer (and Scotty's lack of a license), the drive from Boston up to Maine (which I've done a couple of times myself).  It just gives the whole piece such a grounding in reality.  Love it.



Author's Response: Thanks! I wrote this story before I had gotten to go to Maine, and as I was telling Kev below... Maine was just a random thing I chose for Corry, and then I ended up going there because it kept coming up. And yes, this story was definitely in my mind, when I went from Boston, to South Bristol. I'm so glad you've made that drive! And thank you, again, for the feedback!

Reviewer: Miranda Fave Signed [Report This]
Date: 13 Jan 2010 14:32 Title: Chapter 1

Radioactive Vulcan Zombies: The Return - Well there's a Round Robin title!!


Steff your stories are a love story - a love story with Maine. Like many at this present moment in time, I'm sitting in the cold and yet you can sell Maine and maek me want to go there despite the cold. Do you get like a commission from the tourist board there or something?!


As to the content. Scotty with Corry is pretty much as comfortable and cosy a slice of life that we'll get with him, considering his earlier life. It is comforting that he feels welcome and safe in this home, enough to fall alseep in the seat and wake up with a blanket around him. Aw sweet. And of course we discover that he'll go anywhere with Corry and fight his corner. A great insight.



Author's Response: Thanks, Kev! Believe it or not, I had never gone to Maine before I wrote this story; in fact, even picking Maine as Cor's home state had been kind of a random thing. LOL! So, it was these stories that actually led me to go visit for real, not the other way around. I'm was fairly careful writing all of this trying not to really hammer it home, how far Scotty had to get in his own head to feel that safe and protected in that house, but I'm always chuffed when people put it together. Thanks so much for the feedback!

Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed Liked [Report This]
Date: 11 Apr 2009 19:17 Title: Chapter 1

That was a beautiful look into friendship, brotherhood, and RL. I have no doubt these types of issues will still plague mankind in the 23rd century, just as family issues must have plagued the first cavemen to live in family groups. Some things never change. ;-)

The piece was well written, the descriptions of life in New England, especially winter there, making me wonder if you've had first-hand experience?

These two have an easy way about them, much as we'd expect from good friends, or siblings. It all rings so true, right down to Cor's desire to shoulder the responsibility himself and spare his parents the anguish. Nice work!

Author's Response: Thank you very much! This is one of my favorites, mostly for the spoken and the unspoken stuff; the layers, which are very many. And when I wrote this, I hadn't been to Maine yet, and Pittsburgh doesn't quite count as New England to me. But I did my best to visualize it, and I'm glad it came off well.

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