This book took me just over a month to read, for similar reasons that the first book took me so long. It’s complicated and deep. I found the last third of this book to be the most interesting section of both books so far.
I won’t go into great detail about what happens, but I will say that even the events that seemed incidental in the first book have come to have great import.
Some of the things I enjoyed about Cryptonomicon were the intense descriptions of processes that only only vaguely grasped. There was a lot more of that in this book, and that made it a lot more entertaining.
This book also described the most heinous despicable job I have ever heard of. Truly awful. Ask me if you intend to never read this book, and I’ll tell you.
All in all, it was a pretty good, and show great promise that the Cycle as a whole is going to be quite good.