On Thu, 23 Jan 2003, lazarus wrote: > This may be a good starting point for a new thread. > > What authors do Brust fans really like? I think in the SF/Fantasy > realm, my favourite (besides Tolkien, of course) would be Stephen R > Donaldson, who sadly hasn't released anything lately. SRD is a huge favorite, but is definitely not for everyone. Some of the short stories in 'Reave the Just and other tales' are just superb, as is the Gap cycle. The Thomas Covenant stuff, which is his best known work, is actually what I like least of his. James Stoddard's 'The High House' is absolutely wonderful for anyone who likes CS Lewis. 'The False House' is not as good, but still a wonderful read. GRRM has rekindled a flagging interest in the 'lengthy regional epic' genre for me, at least in part due to a willingness to do the unexpected. 'Fevre Dream', inexplicably and unjustly out of print, is a great yarn of his. Terry Pratchett. Well. That hardly needs elaboration, except perhaps that 'Feet of Clay,' 'Hogfather,' and 'Small Gods' are in a 3-way tie for Best Evar. I keep _trying_ to like David Eddings and he keeps on not letting me. E.R. Eddison is an acquired taste, but quite a fine one. I lack rone's saintlike patience for all things Dune;I tune out after the original trilogy. Susan R. Matthews's work is flawed but interesting -- 'Exchange of Hostages' is the best one, for values of best equalling 'lavishly described torture scenes.' James Gardner's series of books ('Expendable,' 'Vigilant,' 'Commitment Hour,' and the new one whose name I forget) is pretty good stuff. Strong, interesting characters. Lois McMaster Bujold does a rocking fine space opera (Vorkosigan Series), the peak of which IMO is _Memory_. I think that's all I can think of offhand, re authors. paul e.