Donaldson's "Gap" series was pretty depressing too - lots of anti-heros, a leading lady who spends half of the series being raped, etc. Yes, the series did get to a point in the end, but it's like wading through ten miles of sewers just to find an exit.
This book was clearly rushed to market for two reasons:
As in certain cults it is possible to kill a process if you know its true name. -- Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie