Woah, surprised to see this revived!
FRLG was just bad since it all hinges on certain plot devices happening that once taken out causes the whole thing to fall apart; all to make it seem more like a game adaptation.
The pacing isn't really a hit and miss as much kinda predictable on how Kusaka writes. He writes like he has plenty of time causing serious rush at the end because he didn't plan things better for when it's time for the new games come out. The games do have a semi-predictable pattern on when they would be released too. At this point, it might be better for him to write shorter stories for the magazine and expand on them (if he can) in the volumes. Right now, we, the fans, are getting screwed with bad storytelling and pacing.