I enjoyed 999 a bunch, but man does that dude need an editor. There's so many redundant descriptions that it starts to numb your brain a bit unless you start skipping text.
For real. I tried to get into 999, but the slow pace and not-great writing were too much for me to get past. It seemed like there might be a cool story underneath it, but it wasn't enough to make me want to put the time in.