I couldn't get this story out of my head even a week after watching the anime, that's how much I loved it. So naturally I had to read the light novel too and I wasn't disappointed. I just adore the whole concept of this story (Would like to live in it actually. Participating in a game like that? Kind of a dream come true *-*). And the characters were really awesome. And badass. Just loved Asuna and Kirito's love story. For me this was one of those stories that just gets under your skin and I enjoyed immensely every single moment of it.