This story transformed forever the way I feel about reading. I first read it (after reading 'The Hobbit') about 20 years ago, and have read it eight or so times since then. Every autumn I have the urge to pick it up; like in the famous Led Zeppelin song, I can hear it calling me... This is not a book that you just read. You step out your front door, and the adventure carries you away to places that become a part of you forever. But it's not a fairy tale, in which the characters all live happily ever after, or a dungeons and dragons fantasy with little depth or imagination. This a story, in the most magnificent and perfect sense of the word, that moves you in a fundamental way and changes your expectations of what a story should be. And that's unfortunate, because like the characters in The Lord of the Rings who learn that you can never really go back home, you will learn that you can never find a story like this one again. But you can read it again, and if you're like me you will dare to step out your front door many more times, and follow the roads where they may take you.