Here are the two reasons I liked As You Wish.
I fell head over heels in love with the premise. This sounded like just my cup of tea because I am absolutely intrigued by the ethics and whole thought process behind wishes.
I really enjoyed the chapters of the book where we got to hear about different town's people's wishes and see where they ultimately ended up.
The things I had a lot of trouble with:
The pacing was so slow. I am a huge fan of slow books, but even this got me frustrated. There's so much lead up to Eldon's wish that you kind of just want to skip a few days.
The treatment of asexuality was pretty shameful. It was not only looked at negatively, but there was not enough real discussion about it, so it just leaves an awfully sour taste in your mouth.
But wait, I promised three of each didn't I? Well the last thing is tricky because it falls under both a positive and a negative for me: the main character Eldon. Okay I had a really hard time connecting with Eldon for almost the entire book. He calls himself a jerk and so do a lot of the characters because he can be pretty selfish and also kind of cruel sometimes. At the same time, there was a genuineness to him in these weak moments, because I think in the harsh light of day, we can all be selfish and cruel. So I actually liked this part of him - the fact that in some ways he was unlikeable. Go figure. BUT what I didn't like is that there is little character growth to him. And maybe you can say that's realistic, but on the other hand, this book is 400 pages and I didn't get a real sense of satisfaction with his growth as a character.