I think that list conclusively proves that people are idiots.
Well, OK, it demonstrates how subjective fantasy is.
Some it is almost alternating yeses and nos from me.
Here are a couple of suggestions:
The Magic of Recluce by LE Modesitt Jr (Recluce Series)
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
Legend by David Gemmell (Drenai)