Welcome @Dtyler99! Glad to have you here and kudos to @Diziet Sma for her recruitment! I really liked it. But I do understand why many would have a problem with the book. But execrable? I would say ambitious and audacious! And what's this collaboration that Stephenson is doing? I am also an admirer of Gene Wolfe's works, and The Fifth Head of Cerberus is one of my particular favourites.