@mikey87144: I don't know if you are being serious here...if you are and this is a legitimate question, then the books are faaar more in depth than the series. I am currently halfway through book three part two and I can say that I haven't been so immersed in a series for a while. Yes, the books are long, but they are not difficult or boring to read - just the opposite. Like one poster said before, if you watch the show first, you won't be able to conceptualise the characters, which, to me, would be a loss.
I do think though, that the most poignant moments in the book (at least the first one -haven't seen the second series) are done so so much better in the book. All this being said, I feel that what you should do is to read/watch them concurrently. Therre is A LOT of mythos in the plot and context that I found quite hard (for the first book at least) to follow - I found this all explained a lot clearer in the series. So, unless you have a friend who is able to explain any questions about mythos or characetrs, I would say to do them together with a focus on hte book (i.e. reading the book before you watch that particular episode).
I still have mine, although I feel faaaaar more attracted to going back to the N64 generation and re-playing all of the awesome platformers. Man... if I didn't have so much uni, I would be all over banjo Kazooie
This. My bro got married last year. Al of us groomsmen were given cufflinks that related to our personalities. I got the best ones (I think) which were miniature reproductions of the smash bros 64 cartridge