How Do They Have Nice Clothes In the Apocalypse?

 

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Look at how nicely they’re dressed!

My husband and I re-watched Battlestar Galactica earlier this year. I love that show; it’s got fantastic characters and a great plot.

 

One thing that bothered me when I watched it was how they manage to have such nice clothing. The clothing is neat and pressed, without tears or obvious repairs. The clothing has matching buttons, like they had a stock of them for when someone lost one (and it would happen.) At one point, “the last tube of toothpaste” is offered as a reward for something. So they have limited toothpaste, but unlimited uniforms?

I always wonder about that in shows like The Walking Dead too. Although their clothing does get dirty, torn, and bloodied, it always fits nicely and reflects the style of the person wearing it. It’s like they all had stylists or something. ūüôā I can’t even manage to dress well when I have access to every store in existence.

I realize that it’s a show and I’m supposed to suspend disbelief. And honestly, I do. It’s just that I struggle to believe that no one on the show ever thought about this. And if they did, why didn’t they just offer me an explanation? I’d be willing to buy even a bad explanation.

Am I the only one who wonders about things like this?

 

Zoo- A Review

imagesZoo, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge was another pick of my book club. ¬†James Patterson novels have been recommended to me over and over, and I’ve just never been motivated to read one. ¬†This one had an interesting premise, but mixed reviews on Amazon… it seems people either loved it or hated it.

Honestly, I both loved it and hated it. ¬†I couldn’t put it down. ¬†It was a compelling story with characters I really enjoyed and wanted to succeed. ¬†Jackson Oz is an underdog, a scientist who dropped out on his way to a Ph.D. to spread the word on his theory about HAC, Human-Animal Conflict. ¬†He noticed a pattern, that there were more animal attacks in the last 4 years than the previous 50. ¬†Animal behavior is changing, but he can’t explain why, and at first, no one believes him.

I don’t enjoy books where animals are harmed. ¬†I know it’s fiction, but it doesn’t feel like fiction to me, and there are times I will stop reading something because of this. ¬†I didn’t do that with this book because I wanted to see what happened. ¬†But if you’re squeamish about this the way I am, this may not be a good book for you.

It’s a modern day apocalypse novel, but this one is definitely different from all the other zombie/ climate change stuff you read. ¬†I liked the premise and I liked the way it’s carried out in the book. ¬†Some of the reviewers on Amazon complain that the science isn’t sound. ¬†I don’t know about that, but it sounded good to me, and for fiction, that’s all I ask. ¬†It made sense in the world presented to me, so it worked.

It’s a good book and worth reading. ¬†As I said, I couldn’t put it down, and it’s rather disturbing. ¬†I’ll be returning it to the library and won’t be buying it, but it will definitely stick in my mind, and does make me want to read other Patterson books.

10 Books For the End of the World

Now, just to be clear: this is not a top 10 list of books about the end of the world. ¬†This list started because we watched the movie 2012 last night, and in the movie, the world as we know it is ending. ¬†One of the people in the movie brought books with him, and he made a comment that stuck with me. ¬†I’m not going to get it exactly right, but the gist was this: “Maybe 500 people read this book, but because I brought it with me, it’s going to be part of human history going forward.” ¬†So, if the apocalypse came, as so many people think it’s going to in one form or another, it occurred to me to wonder… what books would I choose?

Going into this list, I chose books for both my entertainment and things that I think should endure. ¬†Not classics. ¬†Sorry, but anyone who’s read my blog over the past months knows that I don’t care about classics so much as I do being entertained and made to feel. ¬†Besides, I’m sure there would be people out there who’d save Great Expectations and Huck Finn.

So, if I could only have 10 books after the world ended, they’d be:

1. ¬†Polyanna by Eleanor H. Porter: ¬†I love this book, but it’s included in this list because I think it’s important for all of us to remember; no matter how dark things are, we always have something to be “glad” for. ¬†This is a kids’ book, but I think every adult should read it at least once a year, for the reminder…

2. ¬†The Host by Stephenie Meyer: ¬†First off, this book is just good entertainment, but it’s also got great characters who band together when their world has ended. ¬†Plus, there’s romance, family, intrigue, suspense… It’s a book I can re-read a million times.

3. ¬†Watership Down by Richard Adams: ¬†A band of rabbits sets off from their doomed home to find a new home. ¬†There seems to be a theme with my books, doesn’t there?

4. ¬†The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: ¬†Now, I’m not normally a Nicholas Sparks fan, but I do really like some of his books. ¬†You know someone is going to die, so that kind of sets the book up as gloomy from jump. ¬†However, this one is all about how love survives no matter what, and I’m a girl. ¬†I need to cry sometimes, and this book will do it.

5. ¬†Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: ¬†It’s not just a love story, but a book that reminds us to look past our own assumptions, because people are never quite what they appear.

6. ¬†Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: I love Jane as a heroine, and I love how she and Mr. Rochester find one another. ¬†It’s also got insanity, mystery, romance, set in the Victorian era… How can you go wrong?

7. ¬†Postsecrets by Frank Warren: To remind me that though we’re all different, at the core of it, we’re all the same.

8. ¬†The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm: ¬†Though the real fairy tales didn’t have happy endings, I think fairy tales are important, and a better reminder of our history than history books.

9. ¬†The Donovan Legacy by Nora Roberts: ¬†Suprised it took me this long to put down a Nora Roberts book? ¬†This is three books in one (I don’t care if that’s cheating!) and about family, love, and magic, things that survive no matter what.

10. ¬†Watchers by Dean Koontz: To paraphrase a line in the book- We’re all one another’s guardians, and we watch over one another. ¬†To me, that’s the epitome of humanity, and if life as we know it ends, I’d want to be reminded of that.

I discussed the list I was blogging about with a friend of mine, and he took a completely different tactic. ¬†He wanted a gardening book, a math book, a history book, a philosophy book, the DSM-IV-TR (it’s basically the book with all the mental health diagnoses listed), and a few novels. ¬†It’s interesting that I went entertainment, and he went practical. ¬†It just makes me think about how practical and and interested in reality I’m not.

I’m always interested in what other people think. ¬†If you only had room for 10 books, which would you pack?