I think the professional reviewer who said this ending was "predictable" is full of noodles. There's no way in the hot place I saw that particular twiI think the professional reviewer who said this ending was "predictable" is full of noodles. There's no way in the hot place I saw that particular twist and I have a damn hard time believing anyone else could have guessed it. Better that some "critics" should say nothing and make as if they're a pincushion. Besides that, half the time their reviews sound more spiteful than accurate. One of the "writers" for a web news service started his review with "If you're tired of seeing him [Johnny Depp] dress up in a pirate suit and make millions the latest review [for The Lone Ranger] will please you..." He was critiquing the movie in question and the whole tone of the piece sounded like a little boy's ridiculous jealousy of the actor trying to disguise itself as a "professional review of the actor's new movie."...more
I know why I'm having a problem with this: because it's not believable. Even if he was rapidly becoming infected after swallowing the two drops, the rI know why I'm having a problem with this: because it's not believable. Even if he was rapidly becoming infected after swallowing the two drops, the route of transmission from one person to another is NOT by rubbing your "infected body" against other people. The routes of transmission for V. cholerae are by touching fecal or oral matter from the infected person; and of course getting it through water. I work in health care. I usually like his medical information, but I guess everyone can make mistakes. Which is why I wish more doctors like Robin Cook would become writers.
But if it was a satire about how easy it is for scientists to pass their information to bioterrorists, by being too proud of their work and careless who they tell it to, then the story did its job....more
I guess this is proof that the people who run our library DON'T read anything before they suggest it to readers. If they had they never would have placI guess this is proof that the people who run our library DON'T read anything before they suggest it to readers. If they had they never would have placed this book on the list of books to read for Halloween withOUT mentioning that the reader has no earthly clue WHAT the hell's going on unless they read 'Lost Boy, Lost Girl' first. But I'm really loving how arrogant these writers actually are to just assume anyone reading this book has read the previous one. I wouldn't be surprised if they thought the reader has read every book of the same author before this one. Well, guess what. I certainly haven't. In fact it's the first book of his I've ever read.
I'm a paramedic, I make no money at all and have absolutely no claim to fame through my work - and after tonight can guarantee I get no respect at all. I couldn't be arrogant about my own work if I tried with a bullet, so to speak. In the meantime, I get to watch almost every writer under the sun, except Dr. Robin Cook, tear apart my work by mangling information so bad it looks like something that's been transmogrified into a medical horror. Which would bother me not at all if there weren't also so many people who, believe it or not, actually take the words of popular authors to heart and believe those things about health care. That's only a problem when they do things they're not supposed to and inadvertently cause the death of the patient.
For example, these guys moved a person when it's INadvisable to relocate a person who's injured except in the extreme case that they'll be hurt if you DON'T move them and even then, you should know 3 different Urgent Care moves, so you can make the emergency move without worsening the patient's condition....more
Forget mundane to describe the dialog. It's outright not believable. I'd ask anyone to tell me who they know who says those things 20 times in a row tForget mundane to describe the dialog. It's outright not believable. I'd ask anyone to tell me who they know who says those things 20 times in a row the way they did in the book. I've never heard of anyone offering their breasts to their husband by saying "to you, with love" not even in the romance novels I used to read that my ex-husband used to scoff at so much. He certainly never said anything even reMOTEly along the order of sappy or unbelievable comments - and he used to lose all interest the minute we finished....more
I disagree with him. I think the members of the church who refuse any and all intervention to save the lives of their children are guilty of child negI disagree with him. I think the members of the church who refuse any and all intervention to save the lives of their children are guilty of child neglect at the least and downright abuse at the most. As a Paramedic, I see this ridiculous line of reasoning, that God needs no medical intervention to heal someone, at least 10 times a year. Did they ever think that sending medical intervention WAS part of "God's plan?" That people are his eyes and ears, and hands, while on earth? That's what my former pastor said about it. And BTW dying of a flu that turned into meningitis is one of the more PAINful ways to go. People have no idea what symptoms appear in the "host" body as meningitis follows its course to death's doorstep and beyond.
It's bad enough to watch someone die because they have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order, but sitting there and watching someone die because your version of god forbids you to get a blood transfusion, or your version of God warns you against seeking any medical help at ALL, feels like undue agony....more
I don't think I'll ever return to reading this book, not until I've stopped being intolerant of certain things.
Yeah well...after last Tuesday, I've TOI don't think I'll ever return to reading this book, not until I've stopped being intolerant of certain things.
Yeah well...after last Tuesday, I've TOTALLY changed my mind. I was upset about the generalization because I'M a Christian, but don't feel that way and never have. But until last Tuesday I also thought I was Republican; actually I was raised Republican, all my family still IS red (except my sister who claims she's not but hates abortion and gay marriage) and I have thoughts that can be classified no other place BUT the Republican party. I'm for capital punishment when it applies (it DOESN'T apply to every murder, only those that qualify as 'cruel and unusual crimes.' ) And I'm against abortion for myself as well as paying for it for someone else unless the circumstance is extreme (like they have an ectopic pregnancy or they were raped.) But last Tuesday, fellow Republicans were such terrible winners I decided I want no more to do with them for now. I'm kind of stuck in a most uncomfortable quandary, but I hate ungracious winners, which is why I'm separating myself from the Party. I don't think people are "bad" just because they think different. I do OTOH have a problem with extremism of almost any type. The exception is that I'm for being extreme when handing out Random Acts of Kindness....more
I'm not even going to lie. I have no understanding of this book. I don't know WHY I'm befuddled after reading it but I definitely am. Maybe it's the fI'm not even going to lie. I have no understanding of this book. I don't know WHY I'm befuddled after reading it but I definitely am. Maybe it's the fact that someone in my family was murdered (on September 11 while he was working) and it's mostly an unsolved case - almost none of the people involved with doing it have met any kind of "justice" for what they did. At the very least the ongoing criminal court case is serving as a chance for the living perpetrators' attorneys to turn our pain into a damn circus or some kind of freak show. Believe me when I say: I don't think the prosecution on this case cares, and they're the ones representing our loved one and all the other people who died. All they care about is their silly little torture cases and keeping all of it quiet, presumably unaware that if the previous administration did it then the current administration doesn't need to cover the butts of previous administrators. As if the previous "lawmakers" would ever do it for the current crop; no, not when they're busy suing people for stupid-ss reasons. My personal experience with crime and its aftermath makes it difficult to read about it. When this first happened, I couldn't read ANY murder mysteries for years and became afraid it would always be that way. Apparently with some stories it WILL always be that way....more
I read all the way through and still can't see why they banned the book. Didn't all kinds of people in the 50's write about little men from outer spacI read all the way through and still can't see why they banned the book. Didn't all kinds of people in the 50's write about little men from outer space? They didn't get on a list of banned books for it. Not all of them anyway. Ray Bradbury did but I don't recall any others, and I do know lots of other people who wrote Science Fiction in the 50's wrote about being abducted by aliens....more