cathrl wrote:IMO the first book is probably the weakest of the lot.
How much better does it get? I've heard so many good things about this series, but the first book really didn't impress me much. I wouldn't say it was bad
-- I just didn't feel much more than vague irritation for the main character. A testosterone overdose, perchance. Is it worth trying the rest of the series, or is it probably just not my cup of tea?
Bradpiece wrote:Also, any insight into the Codex Alera series would be appreciated. I can never find them in my local library.
If my local library has a request system, I can almost guarantee yours does. That's how I had to get my hands on the first Dresden book-- my usual branch doesn't carry any Jim Butcher books at all, as far as I can tell. If other libraries in town don't have it, they have arrangements in place to borrow things from libraries all over. All you should have to do is fill out a form. And endure a lot more hassle if you lose the book. ^^
The first book very much has a "first novel" feel to it...don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it's got some rough edges. Later, things get a bit more nuanced. He's still actiony, women are still sexy, there's still some mystery, etc, but so much more also gets developed that it really improves as it goes. I'd agree that the third book is solid. Not the pinnacle, perhaps, but if you're not enjoying it by then, it's likely that the series just isn't your cup of tea.
Codex Alara, i'm afraid, I must agree with Cathrl's assessment. It's much more of a traditional fantasy novel. Not bad, in fact, well executed, but lacking the really unique flavor. I read the first one, haven't bothered to continue.
I admit, I'm not a fan of the TV show. Probably at least partially a result of reading the books first. A *lot* of TV shows can't measure up to their books. In fantasy, GoT is the only exception I can think of.
Ggrogg. As to why some of those things happen, explanations exist within the books themselves. For instance, why doesn't he wade into MORE gunfight situations relying on his bracelet? Well, his bracelet is merely an aide for him to protect himself. he can protect himself from a limited number of bullets at the cost of burning through his magical reserve. This is not ideal in all circumstances.
Why doesn't he use the sight? It's explained frequently that the sight kind of burns things into your mind. It is not a pleasant experience, but rather, a dangerous one. Not using it if you don't need to is rational.
Falls asleep in vampire lair...is it possible you didn't read this section? The vampires drugged him. Not voluntary on his part.
I get not liking the books, but this seems like a tragic mix of "doesn't understand that the hero has flaws" and "didn't read the parts where the rules were explained".
Cold Days was great, fast paced, quick read...I figured out some of the twists shortly before the story reveals them...which I think is perfectly fine. Foreshadowing and the like is more important than a sudden reveal. Both Maeve and Sarissa were examples I got...Molly I didn't see coming in advance, though.