This was excellent, a compelling read that will have me thinking about it days afterward. The characters were dimensional and vivid. I liked how unstereotypical they turned out to be. I enjoyed the intelligence of this novel, of Miles' last lines and Colonel's capitals. This book has a lot to offer and I think despite it's intelligence it is highly readable, there is enough deviant behavior, sex, drugs, pranks and drinking to entertain reluctant readers while still challenging them with complex thoughts on religion, history and philosophy.