I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
First thoughts on picking up the book? Boy, this needed a ruthless editor and didn't get one.
I've read a few pages now, and I'm relieved that it's not as awful as I was anticipating.