Originally Posted by WillAdams
Steven Brust's Dragaera / Taltos books are an interesting blend of science fiction and fantasy --- start w/ _Jhereg_ and read in publication order if you like the first one.
usuallee wanted ``good, literate modern fantasy writers'' --- my first suggestion there would be Jack Vance's Lyonesse trilogy --- the first book, _Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden_ starts off quite slow, but is worth it for the second half and the balance of the trilogy. If you're having trouble reading it, I'd suggest reading it aloud to some (mature) person you care for.
Susan Cooper's _Dark is Rising_ pentalogy is underappreciated.
These are very intriguing recommendations, thanks!