I'm a big fan of Anne McCaffrey...usually. I found An Exchange of Gifts to be quite boring, and even though it was VERY short, I found it hard to finish. I usually finish one of McCaffrey's books in a day (staying up into the wee hours of the morning if I must), but this one took me near to a week. I guess, first of all, that this isn't my type of book--I prefer science fiction or fantasy that deals with some sort of issue, with a cleverly built world and lifelike characters. This book was more of a fairy-tale style, and I've never liked finishing a book and thinking gee, they all lived happily ever after, like I care. But that's what I did with this book. The main character was so uninteresting I can't even recall her name, and as for that Wisp thing, I'll just say ugh. But it was hardly the worst thing I've ever read, and certainly not as bad as McCaffrey's other fairy-tale, No One Noticed The Cat. (I've had some e-mails saying they were offended at my review of that one--well, it's just my opinion. I DO like Anne McCaffrey, I just don't like the way her writing has gone recently.) To anyone considering reading this book: if you want a taste of what I think is true McCaffrey, read Dragonflight. If you like wishy-washy fairy tales, read this.
(For some reason, my name did not show up on this before. That's why it's here again.)