For me Cyclonopedia has been a slow read to say the least, and I’ve had to read many passages multiple times before I think I’ve begun to understand. That being said that parts I do understand have been very insightful and I can see how this book offers a lot of interesting ideas. (Perhaps if a had two months instead of two weeks I would feel more confident in understanding this book :)
One part I did like was towards the beginning on pg. 50-52.
“The half-man-halfscorpion of the Gilgamesh epic is such an avatar, guarding the gate to the Outside. Scorpions are burrowers, not architects: They do not build upon the compositions of solid and void, they devour volumes and snatch spaces; for them the holey space is not merely a dwelling place, a place to reside. More than that, it is the Abode of War, the holey space of unselective hunting.” (pg. 50)
“If archeologists, cultists, worms and crawling entities almost always undertake an act of echumation, it is because exhumation is equal to ungrounding, incapacitating surfaces ability to operate according to topologies of the whole, or on a mereotopological level. In exhumation, the distribution of surfaces is thoroughly undermined and the movements associated with them are derailed; the edge no longer belongs o the periphery, anterior surfaces come after all other surfaces, layers of strata are displaced and perforated, peripheries and the last protecting surface become the very conductors of invasion.” (pg. 51-52)
“exhumation proliferates surfaces through each other.” (pg. 52)
The last line especially to me made the past few pages all the more clear, and it made me think so much of Deleuze when he talks about the how “The coils of a serpent are even more complex than the burrows of a molehill.” (pg. 7) That the coils create more coils, and greater and greater complexity is created. I would try to sum it up more but for a rare instance I think Negarestani has actually said it best.