Has anybody read the translated crest of the stars novels? I'm thinking of buying the books, but before I do I want to know how they compare to the anime and manga.

I liked the anime a lot, especially the first and third seasons. The only real beef I had was with the tendency for unnecessary, long, melodramatic voice overs, particularly in seasons two and three. I'm betting some of that is straight from the novels but it's probably okay in a book.

I didn't like the manga. The biggest problem was all the damn terminology. All the fancy words they were trotting out were just too distracting and it made it hard to follow the story. This is my main concern about the novels. Anybody know?