I know, based upon the discussion in the main SF forum a handful of people have read The Risen Empire. I am approximately 75-80 pages into it, and thus far, I'm enjoying it very much. The opening scenes were a little disconcerting, not realizing the ships were so small. Westerfeld is laying out an intriguing story and peopling it wih interesting characters. The book is moving pretty fast, I have to say.