Originally Posted by GOLLUM
Who are some of your favourite authors Jaglover??
Robert Jordon, particularly his earlier books (and now the new RJ/BS hybrid)
George R Martin, though tired of waiting, sadly in this case that was a fantasy series I started near the start.
Kate Elliott is not normally an author I would compare to the best, but her new Crossroads series is very good indeed and makes a change from the authors mentioned above with her faster pacing.
Of course there is Tolkein. Imitated so much that his work can seem too familiar, but the original is still the best.
Julian May had a good sci-fi/fantasy hybrid with the saga of the exiles (the many coloured land). Its not even in print in this country anymore which says something I suppose for the declining sales of sci-fi as a genre and why many sci-fi authors have switched to pure fantasy.
Steven Erickson may be very good, but unfortuantly I have only read the first 5 books or so of his series, all spaced apart, which given how hard it is to figure out what is going on to start with, is probably a mistake. One day I will reread the books I have then take it forward and see what I think.