Speaking of Rough Beasts, I had to go look it up, because it turns out, it was also entirely forgettable.
I'm just here for spoilers going into The Crimson Shadow
and I probably won't read this book, but I definitely don't agree with this statement. Rough Beasts was one of the worst books that I have ever read...I wish it were forgettable. There was no satisfaction to be had (by me at least) in reading that book or talking about it; I have a feeling you'll feel the same way at the end of all of this thread.
The Kira wormhole stuff actually sounds like the most interesting part of the story that has been described...It actually has me tempted to give DRG3 one last chance.