I hate to say this about anyone's literary effort but I found the writing sadly lacking. It almost seems to be a young adult story written by a young adult .. almost, because already in the Traveler's Necklace (the second story in the book,) we have a transvestite as the protagonist. This particular story has so much potential but I found it rather plodding and lacking that descriptive power that pulls you irresistibly into its web. I confess to laying the book aside while only halfway through the Traveler's Necklace. Did I give up too soon? Who knows? So I would encourage those who finished the book to write reviews to offset my negative one based on just a couple of the stories. I must also stress that any critique has to be highly subjective so don't let yourself be guided by my remarks. The writing simply wasn't to my taste! I would have preferred a story with either more sex or more adventure, not something that was so ... so unexcitingly in-between!