This is just a follow-up to what I posted at page 70 --
My disconnect with the characters is widening.
The reception isn't over, but the scene shifts from Sweeney to Magda Kurtz, the archaeology professor. I think it's another flashback, but the way the time frame jumps back and forth it's kind of like reading a "choose your own adventure" and just reading it straight through rather than making choices and skipping to the appropriate pages.
The problem is that I have so little investment in these people that even though I read another of those horror-movie scenes just yesterday, I completely forgot it. It has/had some significance, but it didn't make enough impression on me to register as part of the story.
It was a Magda Kurtz scene, all involved with magic and the occult and scrying and shit like that. It should have been interesting. But it wasn't. I just didn't care.
The book is going to be a real chore.