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.
We’re six chapters away from completing this book. Thus far I haven’t hated it. There are things Asimov did better than the movie but also things the movie did better. Still, Asimov is a good writer and some of those have been preference more than problem storytelling.
Our team continues their mission through the human body, and so far everything that can go wrong has done its best to try. Can the team make it to the blood clot and save Benes in time? Obviously not in this chapter but let’s see what the next challenge is.
Chapter 13: Pleura
Whatever the heck that is.
Ah, they answered my question right fast. Moving on.
I’m going to reverse the usual got right/got wrong formula I typically have and go with the part of this section, where thoughts now turn to the damaged laser and the solution to cannibalize the wireless “telegraph” radio to fix it. This chapter is trying to play up the mystery. Is it sabotage or just a series of unfortunate events? (No I will not be covering that book series. Haven’t read it, haven’t wanted to.) And if the former, who is responsible. The problem is Asimov is trying to lay it on thick that Duval might be the culprit, possibly with Peterson as an accomplice. The generals are discussing the possibility. Michaels even suggests that Peterson may be showing some return interest in Grant and Duval’s jealous, leading to the rope slipping in the lungs. If you’ve been following this review right along you already know my problem with shoving a romantic subplot into this story, but at this point suspecting Duval is rather dubious. We’ve seen him do nothing but be helpful…when he isn’t in awe of this “innerspace”. He’s even the one who came up with the plan to RESCUE Grant from the lungs by using the ship’s lights to guide him back to where they were. Now he’s working desperately to fix the laser. If he’s trying to kill Benes he’s history’s worst murderer ever! Meanwhile Michaels is still looking for any excuse to scrub the mission and I’m thinking believing Duval a threat is part of that plan. He really doesn’t want to be here.
There are some more medical jargon about how the body works and how it can get them to the clot but I frankly skimmed that part as it doesn’t interest me. I’m glad it’s there and it does benefit the needed padding time (and for folks into this stuff as much as Asimov they’re probably loving it), but it doesn’t interest me personally. Seeing Grant’s ingenuity in using the wireless was genius. I could have done without Grant’s commentary on patriotism versus his job though.
Overall a good breather that still manages to move the story along. But the crew better hurry. There’s only 32 minutes and five chapters to save this guy. Even with the altered time perspective at their size that’s cutting things close.
Next time: Lymphatic