This was not a win, but I consider it totally my own fault, as practically everybody said it wasn't half as good as the sequel. I don't even really *have* an inner completist to blame, so not too sure why I didn't go straight to that. I'm sure this would have read a lot better when first published, but now it's really very short on charm. (I will avoid trying to work in the "means no ... harm" bit, but I bet I don't need to as all are hearing Inigo and Fezzik in their heads anyway!) It's a bit afterschool special DRUGS ARE TERRIBLE AND YOU WILL DIE and a bit trying to be "down with the kids", and with a slightly OTT villain.
I KNOW what Ellen Emerson White can write, though, and this was short, so no harm done.