Review of "The World Ends in Hickory Hollow"

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by HozayBuck, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. HozayBuck

    HozayBuck Well-Known Member

    Writen by Ardath Mayhar in 1985 which surprised me a great deal! This is a small book, 168 pages, but that takes nothing away from the book !!

    If your looking for a Road Warrior book don't bother, if your looking for a training manual, don't bother...

    BUT if your looking for a really good story line with a touch of humanity mixed with a touch of Inhumanity this is a very good book!!!

    Not one about having tons of ammo and beans, but about folks so out in the trees that they don't even know there was a war for several days.

    I highly recommend it!!

    I'd off to send it along but first I need to send it to my Fam in TX, near where this takes place..

    When I get it back I'll post a note...
  2. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Thanks, HozayBuck! Put me on your list to read the book! After I'm done I can send it on to whoever is next on your list!

  3. HozayBuck

    HozayBuck Well-Known Member

    You got it kid! will send it to TX today and hopefully will have it back in a week or so..
  4. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Hozay, we finished reading your book, "The world ends in Hickory Hollow". It's a good book. Pretty much what I picture could really happen.

    Let us know if you want us to mail it back to you, or send it on to the next person.
  5. HozayBuck

    HozayBuck Well-Known Member

    you have Mail...well a
  6. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    Got your PM...and the address of where to send it next.

    Anyone reading this post, consider taking Hozay up on reading the book, it's a good post-apocalyptic story, centered around a family.

    Thanks again, Hozay, for sending it to us to read! It'll go back out in the mail tomorrow!

    ...and I hear Hozay's next story, written by him, will be up soon on the fiction/non-fiction section of this forum soon! Yay!
  7. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

    Very true. I have sent him the first edit of the story - still waiting to hear back from him to see if I did a good enough job on it and if there is anything else that I should do with it before y'all get to read it over.
  8. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    ...and your work on our stories, in the midst of your already busy life, is so appreciated! :congrat: Thanks, naekid!
  9. JeepHammer

    JeepHammer Well-Known Member

    I have satellite TV, and I get 'Local' channels from over an hour's drive away,
    I don't listen to the radio much, and I don't get the local newspaper...

    Now, We had some severe storms this spring,
    Power was out in the local 'Town' (about 50 people) and it's 21 miles to a 'Real' town...

    It was two days before I went to the local diner to have lunch and found out they had been without power for two days!
    I have off grid solar, so I didn't know, and it didn't make the 'Local' news station 70 or 80 miles away.

    A couple of years back, the local town had been without water for 3 days before I knew about it...
    I have a well.
    I wound up giving water out of my well to my neighbors.

    They all looked at me like I was retarded when I started with the solar array,
    they even call me the 'Short Hair Hippy' sometimes because we grow/can food, have a well when virtually everyone else has gone with municipal water,
    Put in a solar array for my own power, and drive to 'Town' in my electric golf cart...

    The electric company wanted over $50K to put in power lines back to my house, so solar was cheaper and was more in line with what I wanted to do, and it works out quite well for me.

    Water company would not install a water line back to my place,
    So I have a well.
    Cleaner water than the local municipal service and no water bills.

    If the world ends at 10:00PM tonight, I'll see it on the news at 8:00 AM tomorow,
    Anything smaller than that and it probably won't make the news locally! :scratch

    Anyway, I need to put up some beans, I've REALLY got a lot of them this year, so I'm sneaking in computer time between batches!
  10. gypsysue

    gypsysue The wanderer

    jeephammer, that's the same reason we ended up with solar power! The electric company wanted $27,000 to run a line back to our place, and it's probably a lot more now. We have less than $10,000 tied up in our solar/inverter/batterybank/etc.

    The only way I'd know something happened "out there" is if the internet didn't come up, and the way our service is, that's pretty common anyway! lol
  11. JeepHammer

    JeepHammer Well-Known Member

    I hear you!
    We are so 'Out Of It' that I still haven't seen any of the TV shows they were talking about on the news of all things!

    I have no idea what the 'Jersey' show is about, haven't seen it, don't really care if I ever do!
    From the talk on the news, I don't think I need that stuff stuck in my head for the rest of my life!

    Rented some movies from the $1 rack when in town yesterday,
    We decided to get some rimfire target practice in instead, so I still haven't seen 'Kick ***' yet...
    But I did FINALLY get my .17 HMR broken in and it's shooting one hole groups now like it's supposed to, but the trigger is a 'Laywer' job, and it REALLY NEED SOME HELP!
    'Kick ***' is supposed to be funny according to the guys on the internet, but probably just a waste of my time... (Like usual)
    Maybe I'll watch it while cleaning small bores tonight...

    Found out I still can't rely on Bushnell for optics,
    The .17 came with a Bushnell optic that was supposed to be made for .17 HMR, but it won't hold zero.
    Hung an old Leupold on it from about 10 years ago, and it shoots great now.

    Anyone want a Bushnell made for .17 HMR, I'll sell it VERY reasonable!
    Otherwise it's going to the fall gun show and getting unloaded at the first available opportunity.
    I should know better than to buy a rifle/optic package by now... :mad:

    Still canning like a mad man!
    The garden and orchard seem to be coming in at the same time, and I'm up to my butt in canning jars!
    Good thing the gun range starts under the garage porch where we are canning (summer kitchen, if any of you remember those!) so I can shoot while I'm waiting for the pressure packer to cycle.

    As for solar electric,
    We just had another rate hike approved by the state utilities commission around here,
    Almost 25%!
    That means my solar is paying for it's self 25% faster.

    The first little dinky array I put in was 4 panels and grid inter-tied.
    I purchased components that were warrantied for 20+ years,
    So I spent exactly what electricity would cost me in those 20 years...
    With rate hikes, it paid back in just over 9 years, then went on to make power with no issues.
    They are nearing the end of their warranty period, but they have been producing 'Free' energy for the past 10 years!

    The new stuff I added has between 25 and 40 year warranty, so I based the payback costs on that with an average of 30 years to be safe.

    Payback should be in 21 years with current rate hikes, and if the 25% rate hike comes like they say they are going to do,
    That will be about 17 years for payback, with estimated 30 year life span,
    That means 'Free' power for an additional 13 years before I have to worry about replacing anything...

    So far, I have to say I've had NO failures.
    I usually check each panel once a year, and check the system in total about once a month.
    This time I went with ALL VIRGIN COPPER wires, the best connectors I could find, even a copper buss fuse box to reduce losses,
    And with the mechanical/automatic sun tracking, production is up just under 40% so I don't have to add that extra $3,000 worth of panels I though I was going to...

    I manually correct elevation of panels twice a month, although that could be an automatic thing quite easily,
    And the panels track the sun on a home made automatic timer system, which isn't 'State of the art' by any means, but it's working for now!

    I have expansion room, I can triple my panels pretty easily.
    I planned for more panels when we started living there full time, But the tracking has compensated for the extra usage, I'm sure I'll expand later, or replace with more efficient panels as the become available...

    All I can say is, the electric company got too greedy, so they lost me as a customer...
    Not much else to say about it!

    With digital local TV out there, I'm getting ready to fire the 'Dish' TV supplier.
    Most people can get about 12 to 22 channels around here now, instead of the three we got as a kid with Analog TV,
    So I'm SERIOUSLY thinking about going back to an antenna and cutting that $70 a month out also!

    I already have a tower for the cell phone booster antenna, and for the CB antenna, so putting up a TV antenna isn't a big deal.
    I already have two towers up for wind generator experiments that didn't pan out, so it's as simple as climbing the tower again... (Which I don't like!)

    This damned internet provider is the only game in town for us, so I'm stuck with it... For a while, until someone else comes up with something better!
    (The sooner the better!)

    The phone people wouldn't even consider running hard lines out here, and with such a long run, we wouldn't have high speed anyway, just plain old dial up, so I'm stuck with what I've got right now...
    Cell phones which have to stay connected to a booster antenna and wireless internet that is down more than it's working!

    It isn't all fun an games living out this far!

    You have to be comfortable with your own company, you have to entertain yourself since porn takes so long to load :p,

    And you have to anticipate what you need for projects since the 'Hardware' store is 21 miles away!
    You can't just make 20 trips to the store for every little piece you need, so you wouldn't believe my 'Extras' pile of plumbing parts, electrical connectors, wire, bolt bins, ect.!
    People are always amazed what I can come up with when I dig around in this or that bin for parts they would SWEAR No One in state would have!

    You also do a lot of 'Jury Rigging', making something work that you wouldn't consider, so you project gets up and running and you can get the 'Correct' stuff later.
    Really exercises your brain and tries your patients sometimes, but you ALWAYS learn something and get other ideas when you are doing things like that!

    So I'm kind of boring, I spend WAY too much time with my garden, farm, puttering around,
    But I don't have to listen to 'Lush Dimbulb' to make up an opinion for me,
    I don't have time to worry about what 'MIGHT' happen if this or that happens,
    Theres fence to be fixed, garden to be tended, canning to do, jobs for customers to get finished...
    You know, REAL STUFF to worry about rather than "What If..."
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2010