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.
This may be the longest chapter in the book, or at least the longest thus far. This makes me curious. I don’t remember this scene being longer than the others but it might be the most dangerous yet for the crew of the Proteus. One loud noise and they’re trashed!
The closer I get to the end of a book the less I have to say going into it without repeating myself so short as this is I’m just going to get on with it.
Chapter 15: Ear
It’s been some time since I’ve seen the movie but I think the idea to block up Benes’ ear with cotton is not there, but it’s actually a good idea. It shows they’re thinking about ways to help out, and if memory serves the nurse accidentally dropping the scissors to cut off part of the cotton works better than them just falling off the tray. It’s the only change from the movie outside of Carter alone freaking out when they saw the ship moving towards it.
We also get the last big action moment until the finale here, when Grant, Michaels, and Peterson try to pull the fibers from the lymph node out of the sub’s intakes. I think (again, it’s been months at this point since I saw the movie) Peterson actually causing damage that drew in the antibodies is book exclusive, but it does fit in with Asimov’s take on what antibodies do. He also refers to the antibodies as resembling cotton balls although in the movie they were more like long strands that tightened and squeezed around Peterson. I have no preference.
Oddly the longest chapter thus far I have the least to say about. It’s one of the best chapters as all the main characters get to do something (although Owens and Duval by necessity do the least; Owens is piloting the sub while Duval is working on repairing the laser) and there’s some good suspenseful action. The changes are minor but outside of the antibody shape, which affects nothing, the story benefits from them. And it looks like next chapter we’re getting close to the end of the mission. With 24 minutes left they’d better hurry!
Next time: Brain