Unlike the first two books, I didn't buy this one immediately after it came out. I guess I blame how little thought I've given to Homestuck over the past almost year--the hiatus is really taking its toll. That doesn't mean I don't like Homestuck anymore or anything, I just found other priorities, so even though it's been out for like, uh, ten months, this book fell by the wayside. Until now, I suppose.
It's got a really cool cover and it's definitely way better than Book 2's (2 years later and I still do not approve of troll eyes on Rose) I'm looking forward to reading it and all the dumb annotations Hussie's done this time around.
But another thing
This book is really thick! I did not see that coming. It's about as thick as Book 2, if not thicker. Which is a bit odd, since Act 3 is shorter than Act 2. (Though I believe it's got more flashes, so maybe it evens out?) And it's a little shorter (height wise), oddly enough.
I know originally this book was meant to include the Intermission, but that didn't happen. So it looks like that will be a whole little book to itself? I can't even begin to tell you how happy that would make me. I've wanted an Intermission book--just the Intermission--since the idea of MSPA books became a thing. But given all the other stuff Hussie is working on around now I doubt we'll see that book (or any others) until 2015, probably.
This next month will be my fourth anniversary as a MSPA fan. I started reading Jailbreak on September 1st 2010, to be exact, and I read that, Bard Quest, Problem Sleuth, and caught up with Homestuck by the 29th. It's hard to believe it's been so long. I can still remember waiting for Cascade for all those months, and the Kickstarter and all those walkarounds and fancy flashes and the Scratch intermission and seeing and speculating on the new kids and the cherubs, troll ancestors and alternate timelines, the many character deaths and exposition, the slow revelation of player aspect symbols through hoodies.... and all the weird cool stuff that's happened...it all feels so recent, but it's all such a long time ago. I started reading Homestuck as a freshman in high school, and this month I'm going to start university. Many things have changed in my life, but Homestuck has always been sort of there. Sometimes more than others, but it's always been a good part of my life.
I'm happy to own this book at last.