I recently reviewed the first series which encompasses everything in the first book as well.
I really have to say that the book was better. There was a little less of the pointless sex and more of the back story and I understand the whole world a heck of a lot better. The gore was about the same but I could gloss over those parts fairly easily, much the same way I covered my eyes occasionally while watching the tv series.
Now normally you expect books to be better than the film adaptations but other than the sex and the easy to gloss over gore there wasn’t too many differences and I actually have a little more respect for the TV series thanks to reading the book. The book is great and the series isn’t far off it.
There were a few points where I got a little bored but I think that was only because I knew what was happening, thanks to watching and reading so close together. I even believe I did both at the same time at a few points, though usually different parts.
The only downside is the frankly ridiculous price of the ebooks. The first in the series is a not too bad price of £3.99 which for a 280,000 word book is acceptable and even the one after is only £1 more but some of the ebooks in the series are over £12 and for something that’s not made of paper and has no manufacturing costs so I still haven’t decided if I’ll be reading any more of them. There are so many good indie books out there these days for a fraction of the cost that I’m just not sure it’s worth it.