Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were a reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.
Please, Lord, let me get through one chapter without hearing about uncontrollably horny Douglas Quaid is, please? Maybe that’s not likely since he’s about to strap himself into a machine that induces false fantasies so real you actually remember experiencing it, but certainly at this time of miracles we can get through one chapter without me feeling dirty after, right? Amen.
Chapter 5: “Rekall”
THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The closest thing we get is the secretary wearing a “”variable translucency” blouse that makes her look naked from certain angles, which seems like a rather stupid outfit. We also hear how the “travel agents” wears a frog pelt suit, because I guess frogs grow larger on Mars…somehow. No, we’re actually told they’re grown on Mars. Those of you complaining about fur coats or real wool (the latter, if it happens, shows your lack of knowledge or that you’re a member of PETA, but I’m repeating myself) should flip your lids on that one.
Anyway, this chapter is just Quaid choosing a travel program while the agent keeps trying to push a more expensive package. Agent man tries to push a trip to Saturn but of course Quaid insists on Mars. When the agent brings out a list of phoney experiences and describes the “Secret Agent” package–which is in a sense foreshadowing the basics of the movie–that Quaid falls for it. That’s all for this chapter without having to hear where Quaid really wants to plug in. I just hope that lasts.
So thus far nothing has happened. Maybe I should have grouped chapters again after all. Who knows?
Next Chapter: “41A”