1) Spent more time working and not enough time reading!
2) Become immune to intense rape and torture scenes!
So, the book! What'd you think? Things certainly do start a-moving in the last two hundred-some pages. I'll reserve judgment until I've finished the back fifty, but I think we should start getting your comprehensive thoughts (and ideas for the next book choice? Given what I just subjected you guys to, perhaps someone else should pick the next book).