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2 of the most recent reasons, anyway…

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pearls 2

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i love them.



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More than I’d like to admit, most of the time.

Especially in literature.  If you are taking the immense time and effort to write a novel, please pay attention to yourself.

Now, while I happen to love her books, Jodi Picoult  is often guilty of these inconsistencies.  While I hate it, and S will vouch for my frequent mini-tantrums, at least it gives me something to do while reading the books.  I am always on the lookout for these differences, that most people wouldn’t realise because they’re so insignificant or so far apart in the text.

For instance:  On page 219: “Jack glanced own at his Hanes T-shirt, his striped boxers, and a pair of sweatpants he’d bought with Addie at Kmart.”

Then on page 227: “Jack sat back down and inspected his fingernails.  He scratched a a loose thread in his jeans. He unlaced his sneaker, and then retied it.”

Well, that bothers me.  How can Jack scratch a loose thread in his JEANS when he is wearing SWEATPANTS?  And, before you ask, no – he didn’t have the chance to change – he’s in jail.

It just annoys the heck out of me.  There was another, more significant one in that book (Salem Falls, for anyone who is interested – it was pretty good), but it showed up at the very end and I was in such a hurry to find out what happens (I predicted the outcome on page 224, if anyone is interested) that I didn’t take note and, after a cursory glance to find it again I gave up deciding it wasn’t worth it just to prove my point.

Then there are poorly edited novels which get underneath my skin and make me completely insane.  I will repeat myself, if you are going to take the time and effort to write a novel and get it published, please, PLEASE proof-read it – for spelling errors, at least.

Anyway, I suppose that’s my little rant over with.  Now, I’ve read Change of Heart and Nineteen Minutes and Salem Falls and of course My Sister’s Keeper – the next of Picoult’s novels on my list is Handle with Care which is due back at the library on Tuesday, so I’d better get cracking.



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i wonder…

I wonder whether modern civilization’s love for captive animals will cause a rift in the evolutionary chain.

Take, for instance, the whale.  A mammal which has evolved to live its entire life in the depths of an ocean.  Years ago (millions?) the whale was a creature that walked on land – it has vestigial limbs which are the equivalent of thigh bones – but now has a specialised tail instead.  Without the need to leave the water the whales size continued to expand until, now, most whales are too massive to survive outwith the water at all – their bodies are just too heavy and they crush themselves to death.

An excellent biology lesson, for sure, but what on Earth am I talking about?

Well, evolution is based on the idea that animal species change and adapt over long periods of time to better suit their environment, right?  So, if we, as humans, continue to keep species of animals in captivity will they then evolve into totally different versions of their wild counterparts?

Take fish, for example, which are normally suited to deeper waters and have evolved perfectly for that environment, however are now being kept in an aquarium.  Their wild counterparts will continue to evolve for the deep waters but will they, instead, evolve to be better suited to a captive environment?

Not overnight, obviously, but over time.

Maybe it is something interesting to think about.  Maybe it is a topic that scientists have already covered.  Maybe I just have too much time on my hands.

Anyone have any thoughts?



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