Originally Posted by afa
In that regard, I think Brandon Sanderson does a good job. He always seems to work from a certain outline, and knows exactly how his books will proceed. And, of course, his output is remarkable.
Sanderson's output is amazing. He's a machine. He should be giving efficiency and priority clinics to other fantasy authors. The only strike against him is that I just don't really like what
Sanderson is brick-by-brick world-builder and a complex, magic-system architect. I prefer World-hinting
. I'll build the world from the author's subtle clues with my own
imagination—and my imagination doesn't like being micro-managed with blueprints, complex-rules, info-dumps and minutiae (not that Sanderson is guilty of all
Out of interest, who are some of your favourite Fantasy authors right now? Any recommendations? What about stand-alones? I haven't read a lot of those.
Some of my favorites include: Guy Gavriel Kay, James Blaylock, China Mieville, Tim Powers, and Joe Abercrombie. I'd like Patrick Rothfuss a lot more if
he would get his raging case of diarrhea of the word-processor properly treated! I also enjoy Charles de Lint, K. J. Parker (whoever he/she is), and Michael A. Stackpole. There's also Neal Stephenson, Daniel Abraham and Felix Gilman. I can't believe I almost forgot Paul Kearney.
Some newcomers that I've been digging lately are Daniel Polansky, Mark Lawrence, Dexter Palmer, and Anthony Huso. I'm going to quit there.
For stand-alone fantasy; I'd recommend Stackpole's Once a Hero
or Talion: Revenant
... Kay's Tigana
or Lions of Al Rassan
... Powers' The Stress of Her Regard
... or Blaylock's The Last Coin
For me, my favourite is currently Joe Abercrombie.
I love Abercrombie, but I'm getting a little tired of the way he's
pimping the Bloody Nine's alive/dead status. If he's dead... stop talking about him and move on. I can respect the symmetry of Logen's entrance and
exit in the narrative. But if he's alive... then quit pissing around and start writing about him already.
He was mentioned by name or by title almost 70 times in The Heroes.
Sorry for the long post.