How many shitty books are we supposed to read before we get to the good ones?
Can't I just read good books to start off with?
What about the people who liked Butcher's first, shitty books? They enabled him to publish the subsequent volumes. Suckers or morons?
I have two words for all of you.
It's entertaining trash. Emphasis on entertaining. Butcher isn't a great writer, but his books make for decent brain-off entertainment. He's like the Michael Bay of writers.
Just ask Bas Rutten.
Oh man, the Dresden Files. I ripped through those books a while back, and enjoyed them less and less as I went along. The Aikido thing didn't bother me, though; suspending my believe for the purposes of magic also covers Aikido wristlocks.
At one point, though--and I can't remember which book it was, but it wasn't one of the early ones--Jim Butcher seemed to have a seizure or something that caused him to just keep typing "the next best thing to" over and over again. I've never wanted to punch a book so much in my life as I did each time Harry said that whatever thing was the next best thing to the thing he actually needed.
I have a weakness for pulp fantasy/sci-fi
Personally I really enjoyed the first few Dresden Files, the middle went a little bit meh and the latest two are picking up again.