Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were 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.
Last time Crede went with his Earth friend Paul to a bar, where he was introduced to Morris Green, a man who helps NASA and took an odd interest in him. I also noted that each chapter starts with an image somehow related to the chapter and today’s features a stick figure that appears to be decapitated but after reading today’s chapter may actually be that he has his head on his foot. Time for a new visitor from T. DAK6. We must be the new tourist spot or something.
Chapter 5: Zucker
Zucker is the name of our newest visitor. Apparently he knows Crede from a thought they once shared (which he says as if they shared a class together in high school). He speaks to Crede from the rain droplets that just started falling because he’s can’t seem to phase into a solid body. With Crede’s help (and a few hilarious missteps, including the aforementioned head on foot), Zucker finally gets a human body. And Zucker was added to the party.
“Phase” appears to be the T. Dak6 term for shapeshifting, although Zucker mentions that until Crede, Hal, and now Zucker nobody has phased into anything other than thought in a long time, so there appears to be more to it than that. And the discussion lends credence to my “non-corporeal being” theory. Zucker is curious why Crede didn’t “phase out” into an essence. My question though is why we needed possibly a fourth T. Dak6ian or whatever they go by in this story? We have Crede, his good friend Hal, and the mysterious Hoylt that has yet to make an official appearance, with me still only guessing it’s this Morris Green character which it still might not. And we still have no idea six chapters in where or what this “omega capsule” is. What will Zucker add to the story besides being the only other human, since Hal would rather be a dog?
I realize these are short chapters, being a young reader book, but six chapters in and all I have is guess work and few real answers. I like being able to theorize based on my long sci-fi history but at 17 seven-page tops chapters I’m hoping we get answers on something soon.
Next Time: The Mark