What's everyone's favorite fantasy author?
People I like:
Glen Cook (Black Company)
Raymond E Feist (Serpent War Saga)
Terry Brooks (Shannara)
People I don't like:
Robert Jordon (series drug out much too long)
RA Salvatore (Drizzt can't live forever bub)
JRR Tolkien (LOTR should be seen, not read)
There are a lot out there that I haven't read, so let's get some comments from the fans of the following:
Mercedes Lackey (like LOTR, mostly for children?)
etc. Not even sure whether all those names belong in the same column, but whenever I go into a bookstore, I seem to find more fantasy authors. Any opinions on the above? Which other authors deserve mention?
Anyone recommend authors similar to those I like above?