Boy, I really have to start thinking before I read books on a dare...Oddly enough, Ashes in the Wind wasn't nearly as horrid as I thought it would be. Predictable, yes. Characters of the stoutest cardboard, true. But I didn't mind the writing style as much as I thought I would. There was a bit too much description at times. Anyone who's seen Gone With the Wind, and who would be reading this book if they hadn't, should've been able to easily imagine each scene with a little less than what we are given. But luckily my years in Dickensian retreat prepared me quite well for that obstacle. Next time, I'm doing the daring, and someone's gonna end up reading William S. Burroughs or Hunter S. Thompson! You hear me, Cortesi! Naked Lunch! Fear and Loathing!