I hate several things about the books, including: - the ridiculous amount of chliches. - the inherent contradiction in Richard's 'life is what you make it' ideals, and the fact that almost everyone inhereted their talents from their families and had no say in it. - the poor attitude to women. The female leads are strong characters, but all peasant women and suchlike are wimpy traditionalists; all male bad guys see women as sexual objects and all male good guys are subtly glorified for their respect for women. The only half-decent everyday women are those in Anderith. - the unnecessarily large amount of sexual torture. - the unconvincing villains who are undisguised straw-men of various philosophical ideals. The only convincing bad guy was Darken Rahl, the others suck. Generally philosophies are twisted until they don't make sense and can be contrasted nicely with Richard's, which I notice is a lot more successful than such things in real life are. The Imperial Order is horribly fake, the only halfway realistic Order people being portrayed in Faith if the Fallen (awesome book). Oh, and Richard is perfect and pure.