I've only read two
of his books, Mao II, which I didn't like and Underworld, which had some of the most beautiful writing I've ever read, but which I stopped 100 pps from the end because it didn't seem to be going anywhere. (a friend did finish it, and he confirmed that it wasn't) As a series of stand alones, I think it's pretty good (like the first part which was turned into "Pafko at the Wall", essential reading for any baseball fan.) but as a novel, for fuck's sake, man, have a point, or it all ends up seeming like artifice. I mean, the famous ball from the 'shot heard round the world' seemed to link the narratives, but then it just sort of fades out.