Favorite story line right now: Hal and Orin’s conversations. Especially about the death of their dad. I also loved pages 172-175. Even though I could see the obvious sarcasm coming from Hal, I thought his narrative of Mario’s cartridge was actually inspirational. I love Mario Incandenza.
Worst story line right now: Helen steeply freaks me out. Anything to do with her is the worst. All I can think of any time she is mentioned is his/her cockeyed boobs pointing every which way. Creepy.
Where I’m at right now: I’m currently on page 332. In the middle of the Eschaton section. Please don’t tell me there’s more than one. I’m a little behind. I’m supposed to be on 343 by today. I know, it’s not too bad. But it’s so easy (especially with this long weekend coming up) to get behind by 50 pages or more just by missing 2/3 days of reading. So I’m trying to stay diligent, is what I’m saying.
I’m not hating most of it. I’m still hating The Marathe/Steeply dialogue. And the explanation of Eschaton. Basically anything that I can’t understand. That’s normal, right? Some things are coming together like I had hoped in week two. Story lines are linking up. Joelle (P.G.O.A.T) and the Incandenzas. Don Gately and, like, everyone. Hugh/Helen Steeply and Orin. And others.
What I’m hoping: I have to be honest. I peeked at a character map so I got a little bit of information I’m not technically supposed to know yet. I’m hoping to read more about the cartridge that incapacitated the medical attaché et. al.