I so rarely ever re-read a book. I first read this book while at Penn State in the summer of 2003. I remember going to the Paterno library, checking it out and sitting on a bench on the Mall and read all 582 pages in one sitting. It was great. While on vacation in Portland, we attended the Stumptown Comic Book Convention where I bought my long desired copy. I had to mail it back home because it wouldn't fit in my backpack. I finally picked it up again. It was just as good and perhaps even better, to my relief.