Both first books take at least half way through to get at all interesting. Every one of his books that I've read so far is 500 pages too long.
From a new interview:
And here it is:
Currently reading Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson; it's been on the radar for a long time and have finally gotten around to starting it.
That makes me feel better; I was feeling the same way!
I can vouch for Mockingbird, read it last year I think but liked