Wow. This is very, very good. I adore the author's writing style. Just extreme talent here. The only issue that's bugging me is that the author breaks the fourth wall in order to provide tidbits of info to the reader. While I do find the information interesting, I don't think it belongs embedded within the story. It's intrusive to a reader, I think. Notes to readers should really be placed either at the beginning of a book, before the story begins, or at the very end of a book, behind the final page of a story.