It was... all right. As I said before, this wasn't the Dresden Files, and I very much missed Harry's humor.
It's basically what it advertises. It's a fantasy story. Which means there's lots of characters' POVs and lots and lots of FIGHTING. Oh man was there a lot of fighting. Not as much fighting as, say, Simon R. Green seems to love, but there is a limit of how many times I can read about blades whooshing through the air, blah blah.
My main worry of continuing this series is that I'm very... eh about the main hero of Codex Alera - Tavi. He's there. He's vanilla. When he gets old enough, five bucks says he'll want potato sex.
I did like the book, don't get me wrong. But that's because A) I love the idea of elements being little pets that people can call, B) I liked (or liked to hate) everyone else in the series, save Tavi, and C) Butcher does an excellent job showing the strength of women and how it's plain stupid that women should be anything but equals to men. There's some great quotes that I should throw in here sometime.
However, what is up with some authors typing, 'he/she kissed X on the mouth.' Okay, look, maybe this is me? But when I read, 'he/she kissed X,' I think, oh, hey, they're kissing with both mouths in on the action. If you don't mean that, you state it. 'He/she kissed X on the hand', etc. The whole 'on the mouth' thing is just really distracting and awkward sounding.
Final Analysis: Good, but not buy hardcover good.
Today, I started Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe. (From fantasy to classic! I'm everywhere!) I'm about fifty pages in. I'm liking it, but it's a bit early to judge too much. I do know that it's sometimes hard for me to get into classic books, due to their language weirdness, but I'm not having too much trouble with this one, save wondering what the hell 'viz' means. I'll let you know how I like it when I'm done!
Oh, and then I've been watching anime...
coldfury and I have started our next three series! First discs of Trigun, Parallel Dual (first two discs of that, actually), and Boys Over Flowers.
Trigun: This anime is just goofy. And I love it! The mocking of the Old West seriousness is awesome. The main character makes me giggle. It's just all around good times thus far! My only meh so far is the two insurance girls. Ugh. They annoy me. So. Much. The short-haired one is starting to become less loathed... but that's not really saying much. The other... oh, the other needs to be hit over the head with a shovel. Thankfully, Vash makes the show, not them.
Parallel Dual: ... ... ... What to say about this... Well, let's just say that the last two discs of the series are being forced upon me by coldfury, even though HE doesn't like it either. *Grumbles* What his issue is about trying to find the good in something instead of just dropping it for something very possibly better is beyond me. (It's even worse because it was my pick. *Hits self with that shovel*)
Oh, right, you probably want less vagueness than that. Okay, you remember that potato sex I mentioned earlier? This is... well, this isn't even potato sex. ... This isn't even sex. It's boooooring. The female main character is a bi-polar bitch, the male main character is a cliched Tenchi, and though I realize I should lighten up a bit on this, I can't help but be annoyed that a male character so just dipped in the females' buckets. I mean, only girls are supposed to be able to pilot mechas to kick some ass in their war. But then, in comes Mr. Tenchi! He has a penis! And he can FLY BETTER THAN YOU CHICKS.
Ahem. Yeah, so not pleased.
Boys Over Flowers: I'm absolutely in LOVE with this series! I stayed up far too late Tuesday night in order to finish the first disc. The main character is one gutsy broad and doesn't take shit from anyone. WOOT. (Though the love triangle they're giving me has me terrified of who she'll wind up with at the end. DON'T GO WITH EMO BOY, TSUKUSHI! Run away! Run far far away! *Sigh* Damnit, I always pick the wrong horse on these things.)