I bought one of the original EOTW trade paperbacks, the year they came out, from a small local bookstore that had an even smaller science fiction and fantasy book section. I absolutely loved the book! By the time the 5th book came out, Robert was in town doing a book signing. I purchased the 5th book but brought my EOTW trade paperback for him to sign. Back then he told us that it would be done in 8 books. I didn't realize he meant 8 more, plus one! I regret that it is not in very good condition anymore since I lost track of how many times I reread it. But I still go back and occasionally reread some of them again. I am looking forward the TV series coming up.