J.K. Mikals has produced an engaging, genre-defying tale that gently mocks literary cliches and whole-heartedly celebrates snack foods. In Mikals' reality, the heroine's search for true love and the Goddess of Time's addiction to ambrosia intersect, with surprising results for the history of the world. Mikals' approach to social satire is playful and amusing, and I found her brand names particularly funny.
"A Chip in Time" explores the profundities and absurdities of love, time, technology, and culture, but Mikals never pontificates, and she never loses the plot. Mikals can be forgiven for the odd obscure reference, and those of you who are really up on your heresies and fertility cults can relish the opportunity to enjoy an in-joke or two with the author while the rest of us google it.