I really like Gaiman's writing style. It flows and doesn't seem forced, there are a ton of interesting references to history and it's obvious he's done his homework about the geography and period of the setting. Apart from that, the story is great. It's creative and moves quickly and even though it's about a little kid, usually I'm not a fan of stories about kids, it kept me entertained all the way through. I thought the ending was a little less than fantastic. The plot line would probably look more like a hill than the mountain you hope for in escapist literature. Still, it was definitely worth reading.