great book. i grew up during the time the books were being released but for some reason never read them at the time. i saw every movie and i loved them all. just recently i decided to start reading, the first one was free as a prime member so i thought 'why not?'. i asked my friends if i should read them even though i essentially knew what happened because i had seen the movies, they all said yes and they were right. the details are great, it makes you wish certain things from the book made it into the movies. my goal is to at least read a couple more books (it took a month each to finish the first two, just reading when i had some time) this year. it would be even better to finish the complete series but i know the books get longer so we'll see about that.