This was my first McCarthy. Enjoyed it a lot and want to get into some of his other, less accessible stuff. Where do I go next with McCarthy?
To be honest, none of McCarthy's stuff is too inaccessible. His absolute must-reads are Blood Meridian and Suttree. Outer Dark, Child of God, and the Border trilogy are all worth reading too.
The Road is practically pop lit at this point, but it is still really good.
Are you saying that extensive research into landscape features for the sole purpose of showcasing the irreverent nature is bad?
Did you also hate how Gene Wolfe inserted tons of Greco-Roman coinisms into Book of the New Sun?
In a few words, the totality and inescapability of war, which the Judge represents: throughout the novel he catalogs things and destroys them, which shows war's all-encompassing scope, and that it leaves nothing behind; he finds The Kid after decades, which shows war's unavoidable nature; and, to reach a bit, he is described as a great pale figure, which shows that, like the pale horse, he is death's vehicle.