A landscape of parallel worlds, surreal alternate realities, cons, scandals, cults, star-crossed lovers, assassins... The nearly 1200 page volume took little over one week to take in. While the language isn't beautiful or clever (possibly translation issues?) and details or passages become redundant, the story is intensely captivating. I found myself saying, "can't stop, won't stop" while drinking green tea, sipping miso, and shoving mochi into my mouth. It's a bit of paper to lug around but it's the first book I will recommend to anyone asking for summer or vacation reading.