Well, seeing as so many people have already reviewed this, I just want to write a short note on my feelings as someone who, before this, had read nothing by any of the authors except Terry Pratchett (who I LOVE). I got this out of my school library to read during a free lesson, and enjoyed it thoroughly. There is not a story in there I did not like. The Anne McCaffery and Robert Jordan stories in particular inspired me to read their other works, for I'd noticed Jordan's stuff in a bookshop and was interested in trying some. In fact, this story made me fall in love with it, and I'm now reading Eye of the World (which is not nearly so good as I expected) and I've read the first Chronicle of Pern by Anne McCaffery. I did like the other stories, but they have not inspired me to seek out the author - if I see something of theirs in the library and I've nothing else to read I'd probably get it out, though. The Terry Pratchett story was a BIT dissapointing, but probably only because I prefer the stories with a little more plot, like his other books.