Originally Posted by pdurrant
Hmm.... well, I suppose whether the pace is too slow is a matter of taste. But I can't believe you like the weird names, especially with the colloquial speech.
It doesn't actually bother me, but I can see that some might find it irritating. Each to their own. The series does get a lot better as it goes on, to my mind, but if it doesn't appeal, they are very long books to ensure if you're not enjoying them.