|Originally Posted by Storm Bride
Lackey. I read her and read her and read her, and I have no idea why. I even re-read her. I don't even think she's a good author, and I find myself being irritated by various aspects of her writing all the time, but I keep reading. I do think the Last Herald-Mage trilogy was very good, but the rest? Not so much...but I keep reading. Popcorn books, and full of...not exactly plotholes, but inconsistencies, imo...and the italics!! OMG. She uses more italics than any other three authors I can think of.
I LOVE Mercedes Lackey, but I have to admit that the inconsistancies, especially between books, drives me utterly bonkers. I often find myself wondering if she has an editor because some of them are so glaring. Then I get engrossed in the stories & characters again until the next one. I think many of the ones that annoy me wouldn't even register on a first time reader, it's just I practically have them memorized, so I know when she says something that completely contradicts something in a different book.
As for the italics, it's funny what people notice. I honestly don't think her use of them is remotely excessive, but then I've read a 70's romance author named Rosemary Rogers. You want to talk about excessive italics, she would be the all time world champion.
Anne McCaffery..I used to love her, but I went off her books a few years ago & haven't really gotten into them again. I did read "The Rowan" today and wasn't too irritated. Except by one thing which also drives me absolutely crazy about the Freedom series; a nursing mother who leaves her child with other people for days/weeks at a time so she can go off & do, frequently, extremely dangerous things. And not even a single line anywhere about how the baby is supposed to get fed while she's gone. Although, I guess I should be grateful her female characters all seem to nurse .
Terry Pratchett is great! There's been a few Discworld books I didn't much like, but I've really enjoyed most of them.
I like the Wheel of Time series. The first few books are good, then it's tedious for several books, then it picks up again. I really, really like Sandersen's first book. It really revitalized the series imo and there are some MASSIVE plot points that just blew me away. I had to tell dh about one because it was so stunning...& he doesn't even read the series.
He's editing the next one; sounds like he's making a lot of cuts, which makes me just want to grab him & beg to read the uncut version. It's due out in November & I'm so excited.
I notice no one has mentioned Piers Anthony. He has an obsession with breasts that eventually drove me away, but for awhile I really liked him, especially the Incarnations of Immortality series.
Another author I like, although in some ways she's more YA, is Tanya Huff. She has a vampire series
(before they were hyper trendy, it actually has a tv series based on it called Blood Ties
) & her Keeper series
is really fun. I like her for when I want a quick, fluffyish fantasy story.