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charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: April 9th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't have much to add. I am reading this and at the same time reading two other books. Yes, to answer your question, I'm insane, mostly from not sleeping very much because I am reading all the time. Keeping the characters straight hasn't been that difficult though.

I also got the impression that the book was reading like a novelization of a screenplay. I think I keep seeing Jamie in all the Ty scenes and it makes me look forward to the show. I don't like Hooten or Ridgeway yet. Maybe that's too strong to say, I just don't care about them and since I'm reading so many other characters, they are losing me fast. But, I liked the Dr. Park storyline and see a lot of potential there. the Sydney/Monique scene was the first chapter I enjoyed. I am going to keep plugging along.

Issues: Ving Rhames is not fat, not in the way Dr. V is supposed to be fat and that is sticking with me. I am thinking of a much larger person for that role. Also, I don't like the idea that the doctor would be considering visiting a patient. As an attorney, I'd be talking to the doctor making it clear that until we were sure what she was going to do, he had to stay far away from that kind of situation. Can't suspend disbelief on that.

All in all, I feel like this is just setting me up for the show. I wouldn't have kept going on this book without this group though, the characters aren't really grabbing hold of me. I am looking forward to fan fiction based on this show (doesn't every show have fan fiction?).
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 9th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I have a lot of admiration for Tina's tenacity w/ regard to the Michelle situation, but I'm struggling to warm to her so far, too. A lot of that could be mitigated depending on how Jen Finnigan plays the character, and I'm assuming the show will give us more opportunities to see ALL of these people interact. How she plays off of Ty, and Hooten, and Michelle would help. (I guess actually, this gets to an aspect I should have mentioned above - there are a lot fewer extended dialogue scenes in this book than in most novels, and maybe that speaks to SG's relative inexperience as a fiction author, but it does feel at times like he does a lot of telling and not a lot of showing w/ regard to character. Hooten I can give a pass for a while because he's sort of a figurehead anyway; you can open up a character like that later in the game, and with Molina I know for the time being he'll be solid.

You're right, Ving is NOT as heavy as the character is depicted, though he is pretty husky. He could definitely be an ex-NFL player. I don't really see that being too much of an issue in the show though; they can always write around that by showing him just being very energetic and barreling around the trauma unit. Slow down, doc, you're knocking shit over. ;)

It does seem like legally, Ty would have been warned against contacting Quinn's mom, but... now that I think about it, the legal aspect of that case hasn't been addressed in nearly as much detail as the chef in Michelle/Tina's case. I wonder if SG will make that reveal in a subsequent chapter. At any rate, yeah it's a bit reckless but given Ty's personality type and how seriously he takes a) this debilitating self-doubt he has now and b) how personally committed he is to serving the patients because of his family history, it's not an enormous leap IMO to see him throwing caution to the wind over this mistake.

asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 9th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
but it does feel at times like he does a lot of telling and not a lot of showing w/ regard to character

Yes! I have to admit, I started skipping over some paragraphs because it seemed like far too much exposition about the character(s).
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: April 10th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm just speaking from my experience as counsel for health care providers. If you have a death that warrants an official peer review, there is a conversation the lawyers have with the doctor about what he can and can't do; should or shouldn't do. One of the things I know they do at a hospitals is they teach the doctors how to avoid language that creates the impression of wrongdoing. So for a doctor to visit a mother and not to have the discussion of the warning just bothered me. It was the same with all the L&O, sometimes you can ignore things that would never happen and other times, you can't -- you shout at the tv: "That would never happen!" For me, this is one of those things.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 10th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC) (Link Me)
No, I hear you; it's why I wondered about whether or not SG is going to reveal that that conversation w/ a lawyer happened in subsequent chapters, he just hasn't mentioned it yet. It would kind of be an awkward, backing-into-the-story approach; not sure it's worth it, but curious to see if that pans out.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 9th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Also, I don't like the idea that the doctor would be considering visiting a patient. As an attorney, I'd be talking to the doctor making it clear that until we were sure what she was going to do, he had to stay far away from that kind of situation. Can't suspend disbelief on that.

I'm not having quite the same reaction you are, but, working in a law firm, it's sending up red flags for me. Right now, as far as we know, he's not suspected of any wrongdoing. My fear is Ty is going to say something to the mother and her next call will be to a lawyer. While he did make an error, I don't see him being fired over it (it seemed to me, while he didn't ask, the mother also didn't share her son's full medical history), but if he opens the hospital up to a lawsuit, THAT they may fire him for.
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: April 10th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Yeah, it's not that he would be fired, it's that he would be sued and the hospital too. The exposure issue is hard for me to stop thinking about. As counsel for these hospitals, you put the doctors on guard: Anything they say could be used against the hospital; there's a right way and a wrong way to say 'sorry' -- and more like that, because wrongdoing has nothing to do with it. Hospitals settle cases where there was no wrongdoing all the time. For me, the idea that he's doing something that I know he would have been *warned* against and he's not sweating the risk . . . doesn't feel real [This from someone who is reading about dragons!].
onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: April 10th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't feel like there's a need for a huge suspension of disbelief on him contacting Quinn's mom. He *knows* it's a bad idea and goes to a different department to look up the info trying to cover his tracks and thinking up cover stories for why he was accessing the records. It almost seems like he knows this is crazy but he can't stop himself.

But like I said in another comment I was still cringing like woah. In fact the first time I read it when he goes to her house (Without even calling first? Who does that?) I had to put the book down and walk away to regain enough calmness to find out what happens.
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