Reading progress update: I've read 80%.

Spider Legs - Clifford A. Pickover, Piers Anthony

 

 Still skimming, though the info dumps have mostly taken a pause for some action.

 

We have two bouts of extreme hypothermia that were recovered from unbelievably fast, and a kid had his intestines sucked out through his abdomen.  'Bout damn time.

 

We also have another budding romance.