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  • > Jordan may be gifted but he needs a better editor

    Muahaha. You have misunderstood the meaning of meandering fantasy epics: their purpose is not to tell a good story, their purpose is to fill their author's pockets. (In addition to Jordan, see the Eddingses.)

    Don't get me wrong: I like meandering fantasy epics. I liked WoT series - up until the fourth book or so, then I in digust realised that I've been had, and sold away my WoT books in disgust. I could handle two of the first David Eddings series
    • > I suggest trying out Robin Hobb, David Gemmell, and Raymond Feist, if you already haven't.

      I think I'm tapped out on the whole genre; I've read more or less everything by Hobb, Gemmell, Feist, Modesitt, Brooks, and Goodkind.

      I think I'm going to have to start on Dragonlance next or possibly start reading Gene Wolfe.

      • > start on Dragonlance next

        Oh, nooo! Anything but Dragonlance, I'm still scarred and it's been more than ten years. Next you'll start considering the Forgotten Realms "novels" :-)

        > or possibly start reading Gene Wolfe

        Wolfe is a fine choice.

        How about Jack Vance, Guy Gavriel Kay?

    • God, is Jordan still writing those things?

      > I liked WoT series - up until the fourth book or so

      I had a friend in high school who was really into them. He lent me the first couple, which I read and then decided not to bother with because it looked like they'd go on forever. I have now mercifully completely forgotten them.

      I actually just finished re-reading LoTR for the first time in over a decade. I'd forgotten Tolkien had such an and-lo-they-came-forth-unto-the-mountain sort of style. It got really