I had a lot of fun reading Dragon's Fin Soup. It was a World Fantasy Award Nominee in 1996. I have not read Somtow before, though I've seen plenty of books by her. This story is light as a feather, kind of a tasty clear thin soup, probably not much like the soup in the story but good nonetheless. Her family is making a living selling soup made from a fin of a dragon the family had bound. Her struggle for her own identity is the central theme. It all works together well, and it's pretty apparent all will be happy in the end. It's a good introduction as far as I'm concerned. 3 stars for it.
The typeface on the story is an ordinary enough Courier, but it did defeat my Kindle's efforts to render it in Article Mode. Went to the Nook for web mode. Interesting.