This is a book I would never have started reading on my own, but it was a gift. Interesting as far as seeing how a successful author's mind works. From the point of view of someone reading for entertainment, it is a bit annoying, especially trying to follow characters whose names keep changing, mostly in the ten years it took Price to get to writing "The Surface of Earth," but in a few other instances as well. It also feels like a tease, since you get snipits of stories and novels, but never the complete story, which makes me now want to go reas all of Price's fiction (sorry, but I'll pass on the poetry and religious essays). I would only recommend reading this after you've read a good deal of Price's fiction.