Tried to read this story - no - actually started reading it up to Chapter 4. In fact I was very surprised when I realized I'd read the first part somewhen before ... without noticing that it continues.
Sadly I'm not in the mood for a long read today (English prose costs me endless time ...) - much too impatient and erratic. And the discussions and suggestions make it worse ... to funny and interesting to skip them.
Like what I've read so far ... intriguing ... hope to find time during the turn of the year. You are bumping too many interesting stories at the same time!