I'm still not even halfway through this and it feels like I've read nothing else in forever. It's starting to get good though. Some supernatural stuff has been getting more prevalent and now it looks like we're about to spend some time with the kids as grown ups.
I can appreciate that drawing it out allows time for extensive character development, but come on Stephen! This could be cut by half. I almost got bored and gave up. It's only faith in those reviewers who say it gets really good that has kept me going.
I like the bird though. It reminds me of something I read really happened to someone.