It's the sequel/companion to her book Oryx and Crake; I loved that book and I need to read this one!vmh wrote:I checked out a new book at work today - The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. I haven't read any of her other books but I tend to like books that have post-apocalyptic themes.
mockingbird wrote:Has anyone seen The Time Traveler's Wife? I can't go see this movie because I loved the book so much and there is no way the movie will be as good. It just can't. Also I don't agree with their choice of Henry. He's just not Henry to me.
VaiVedrai wrote:It's the sequel/companion to her book Oryx and Crake; I loved that book and I need to read this one!vmh wrote:I checked out a new book at work today - The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. I haven't read any of her other books but I tend to like books that have post-apocalyptic themes.
vmh wrote:If you could cast anyone as Henry, who would you cast?
mockingbird wrote:vmh wrote:If you could cast anyone as Henry, who would you cast?
Hmm. Well of course my first thought is Jemaine
I shouldn't have commented coz it has nothing to do with his writing but my own raging atheism and defensiveness over it.kellysouthpaw wrote:SW, Dawkins can be sort of difficult to read at times (I blame his Britishness ) and I often found myself needing a dictionary closeby, but I enjoy his writing oh so much (
Now, on to the "how is this possible?" question. First of all, of course it's not possible. None of this story is possible. It's a fantasy story about creatures that don't actually exist. Within the context of the fantasy, however, this is how it works:
Vampires are physically similar enough to their human origins to pass as humans under some circumstances (like cloudy days). There are many basic differences. They appear to have skin like ours, albeit very fair skin. The skin serves the same general purpose of protecting the body. However, the cells that make up their skin are not pliant like our cells, they are hard and reflective like crystal. A fluid similar to the venom in their mouths works as a lubricant between the cells, which makes movement possible (note: this fluid is very flammable). A fluid similar to the same venom lubricates their eyes so that their eyes can move easily in their sockets. (However, they don't produce tears because tears exist to protect the eye from damage, and nothing is going to be able to scratch a vampire's eye.) The lubricant-venom in the eyes and skin is not able to infect a human the way saliva-venom can. Similarly, throughout the vampire's body are many versions of venom-based fluids that retain a marked resemblance to the fluid that was replaced, and function in much the same way and toward the same purpose. Though there is no venom replacement that works precisely like blood, many of the functions of blood are carried on in some form. Also, the nervous system runs in a slightly different but heightened way. Some involuntary reactions, like breathing, continue (in that specific example because vampires use the scents in the air much more than we do, rather than out of a need for oxygen). Other involuntary reactions, like blinking, don't exist because there is no purpose for them. The normal reactions of arousal are still present in vampires, made possible by venom-related fluids that cause tissues to react similarly as they do to an influx of blood. Like with vampire skinâ€”which looks similar to human skin and has the same basic functionâ€”fluids closely related to seminal fluids still exist in male vampires, which carry genetic information and are capable of bonding with a human ovum. This was not a known fact in the vampire world (outside of Joham's personal experimenting) before Nessie, because it's nearly impossible for a vampire to be that near a human and not kill her.
I didn't get into all of these details at my signings because it's a long, complicated mouthful. Also, it's hard to be clearly heard with all the screaming. Mostly, though, I waited to do this in writing because I have an immature, Homer Simpson-like tendency to giggle when I say the words "seminal fluids" in public.
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