Reading Origin by J.A Konrath,
Brief Book Description
When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert , he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.
He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.
But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth...
So Im about 38% through this book (I know because my kindle app tells me EXACTLY, its just cool like that). So, Im suspending disbelief just enough to generally enjoy the story so far. Which is often necessary to some degree in many sci-fi/thriller type novels.
And then it just goes and totally ticks me off.
One of the main characters is a veterinarian. Actually shes an M.D. who then became a veterinarian, by studying at home. Whatsit? Huh? Studying at home? Seriously, this author thinks you can just become a veterinarian, la-de-da, by studying at home !???!?!
Flipin. A. NOOOOO! I dont care if you are already and M.D. and decide to have a career change to veterinary medicine, you are not going to become one by STUDYING AT HOME!!!!
As a veterinarian myself, I find this HIGHLY insulting.
Oh, then there is another character, who actually became a pediatrician because she just loves children but cant socially interact with adults. Right. Because what do you think 99.9% of being a pediatrician is? Dealing with the freaking ADULT parents of said children.
So, so, moronic.
Its like people who say they want to be a veterinarian because they love animals but hate people. Ill tell you one thing right now, if you are young person who is having these thoughts. If you think you are going to be an awesome veterinarian but hate people and cant socially interact with them you will fail, fail, FAIL as a veterinarian. Who do you think is going to care for and ultimately foot the bill for your animal patients? A human being, thats who! And if you cant communicate with said human being and be an advocate for your animal patient, you will totally suck as an effective veterinarian. Done, and done. Fail.