I loved reading this book because it is so unlike Terry Pratchetts normal style. It seems to me this might have been his first or second book before he got his writing legs under him. Its well writen and interesting but it dosent have as much of the sence of humer that is his his trademark now. There is a sence when you read it that he was imitating others and that he wasent sure where the story was going. As a writer I found it encoraging because its rather intimidating how everything you like is so much better than you can write. However this shows that it takes a few trys to get good.