Originally Posted by kiwidude
For instance I am a big Robin Hobb fan, loved the Farseer stuff yet there are others here who have posted how painful they found that to read.
The original Farseer
trilogy was fantastic, IMO... it's Hobbs' later stuff, like the Soldier Son
trilogy, that was painful. Biggest turd of a protagonist I ever read.
As far as sci-fi goes, my favorites would be:
Dan Simmons' Hyperion
Stephen R Donaldson's Gap
Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga
I love classic sci-fi, but it's mostly a nostalgic (pot-roast and potatoes) kind of love for me... and I consider most of it to be the foundation for more satisfying contemporary efforts. *shrugs*