I just wanted to jump in at this point to explain exactly why I haven't been contributing to the discussion (which I hope can carry on for a little while yet). I haven't quite finished the book and I'm hoping to do so before comment.
I can say there were parts of the book I didn't like and there were parts that I found so engaging that had the book had more of these parts I would be pushing the book on everyone I know. To speak plainly, I would pay a handsome sum for the book that the Master wrote.
But more when I finish. I'm at about 86% so surely it won't take too much longer. I really would like to discuss this with you all.