Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Mongoliad: Book One - Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E.D. deBirmingham, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo

Someone forgot to tell these guys and their editor(s) that when you arrange your story into a trilogy each book is supposed to be able to stand on its own and reach some sort of conclusion. Sigh. -__-