Its been a long time since I read these books as a kid. They hold up pretty well! I am reading an entire volume of all the books contained as one. No opinion the chronology vs publication argument. I did read the set the first time randomly if I remember right but aside from the basic story I mostly forgot the rest in the 30 or so years since I read this series last. I’m not really an aficionado of this series but I am enjoying the stories.