My best friends dad was traveling and randomly picked up EotW at the airport in Aug. 1990 and read it in a couple of days. He felt that this was the perfect book to get to 11 year old boys away from the Nintendo, so he bought me a copy of it too and basically forced us to read it. I am so glad that he did because I was hooked from the beginning. My only gripe is that I have had to await the release of each book in the series, and sometimes for years. But now that we are so close to the end, I feel like it will be a big let down now because there is no more anticipation of what comes next. I love the series and am glad that there are creative geniuses like Robert Jordan out there that create such fun and amazing stories and worlds.