I picked up Within by Aaron Bunce at a SciFi Convention called ICON. It's a lengthy book, and it sat, sad and unappreciated, on my night stand for many months as I worked up the courage to begin it. A few weeks ago I decided it was time to take the plunge, and I jumped in. A few other reviewers have said it takes a bit to get going, but once it does it takes hold of you, and I couldn't agree more. It isn't necessarily the writing style, just that he's creating a world for us to enjoy and a whole lot of characters, and he needs some time to set the stage for all of his actors. His writing is more than engaging, and I found myself really connecting with most of the characters and caring what happens to them - which in my estimation is one of the most important, and difficult, thing to achieve in writing. I think if you like the works of George RR Martin, or JRR Tolkien, you will find a lot to enjoy here. My only real advice to the author is that if he's planning on creating a series like those giants of literature, as it appears he is well on his way to doing, that he add RR to the middle of his name. It would seem fitting.