Small Mistakes

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.

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