First a programming note that will mean nothing to the archives but I have to do it. You may have noticed a few late posts the past few days. This is me trying to cope with the lingering side effects of a medication that’s been knocking me out. To that end there won’t be any posts on Wednesday and possibly even Thursday in an attempt to get back on schedule with both my sleep cycle and content production. Hopefully that will be all I need. Now on to the reason you’re here.
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.
I should be annoyed with the fact that the three chapters of this week’s grouping are only two pages each but considering the above I’m willing to work with it rather than finish the book and call it a day. I want to at least have this up before midnight and it’s already Tuesday, 9:14 PM, BW Attic HQ as I write this, and it will be later by the time I’m done. Still, it’s kind of the problem with the way this book does chapters. I’m not against them trying something different but I personally don’t care for based on how I read for both fun and this article series. So I won’t bother listing the page count (since I just did) but here’s where we’re bouncing back and forth from in this section.
- Chapter 83: Wednesday, 7:35 PM, Op-Center
- Chapter 84: Wednesday, 9:36 AM, The Diamond Mountains
- Chapter 85: Wednesday, 9:37 AM, The Diamond Mountains
They didn’t even change locations! It’s a minute later. What is the point? Anyway, I’m just going to read through all six pages and give my overall thoughts due to time and short pages.
So the time change is just going from Squire’s point of view to Rodgers. That’s pointless.
Op-Center’s part in this is just to show the team trying to scramble anything that might stop the missile from reaching Japan, but then they start seeing flashes on their feeds. Cut to North Korea as we see them trying and succeeding to shoot down the Nodong with anti-aircraft guns. The last crisis averted but they still need to bring in Eyepatch before any new ones form.
Credit where it’s due though. The descriptions of the events are well done, allowing you to see in your mind’s eye the sight of all those weapons trying to create a barrier to “catch” their own missile. Rodgers mentally quotes “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Shakespeare A Mid Summer Night’s Dream (I had to look that up since my Shakespeare-Fu is weak) and only minor injuries are seen. Good on the North Koreans for not wanting to start a war, although I wonder if they really cared about saving Japanese lives. Korea and Japan don’t really have the best history together.
So this was a really good climax, which considering how slow to start this book as been is welcome but frankly too little too late for me. Next time (hopefully ON time) we’ll get to the last three chapters and wrap up this book. See you in a day or two for other stuff.