Reading progress update: I've read 67%.

Spider Legs - Clifford A. Pickover, Piers Anthony

 

I've been skimming.

 

More science and tourism dumps, the most stilted and unbelievable romance scene ever (I have no idea if they actually had sex), and the cherry on top:

 

Captain Calamari (seriously?), captain of the ferry who waxes poetic about the mechanics and I think the history of this particular ferry.

 

On the upside, the giant sea spider is following them (with it's creator being carried in it's shell WTF?) so hopefully someone is about to get ripped apart and/or eaten alive.