I’m listening to a free audiobook called Beautiful Red by M. Darusha Wehm. It’s too early for me to say if I like it or not, although I suspect this is one of those cases where an author had one small but clever idea and forced a story around it. We’ll see.
There was a scene in the book where the main character, a woman named Jack (not to be confused with her male counterpart, Gilles – clever!) spends 10 minutes smoking a cigarette and feels sleepy.
Clearly M. has never smoked a cigarette. Good for her. 10 minutes is a long time to smoke one cigarette, and nicotine is a stimulant. Okay, small mistake, and how dare I complain about such a petty thing in a free book, I know.
I think John McClane’s record from Die Hard 2 is safe. “That punk pulled a glock seven on me. Know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun, made in Germany. Doesn’t show up in your airport X-ray machines here, and cost more than you make in a month.” There are at least five mistakes in those four sentences. It’s got to be some sort of record.
So why bring it up? Two reasons – first, it yanked me out of the of the story, which was probably a good thing, since I was driving. But even more importantly it reminded me of two different blog entries about “experts” I’ve been meaning to write. Other things keep coming up and I write about those instead. Seems to have happened again today.