I paused Red Mars to get through this monster. I made it to Book 8. Will finish the other 3 next season. Recently started Red Mars again. Maaaaaaaaaan that shit be talky.
I picked it up because I enjoyed the idea of The Years of Rice and Salt. That was before I read 40-odd books on the history of the world in general and the middle east in general. I'm curious how I'll regard it when I try it again.