i haven't read them
but I've been defending their merit all over the place.
I won't be reading them for quite some time, because a couple years ago I started a novel (well, the way I've got it planned, it's really a collection of episodes centering around a common setting & cast; not short stories, but episodes) that happens to be about a school of magic, and I don't want to be accused of copying. So I'm not reading the books or watching the movies until I finish my story.
I've got 3 parts of the first episode on the Stories board. Look for "School of Nights"