Topic Favorite author.
Terry Pratchett, David Eddings (thought I do have to agree that his books seemed a little like childrens books when I read them again) and Agatha Christie (You people read too much fantasy, give the Queen of Crime some credit >.<)
More recent interest is Dostojevskij. I read his book "Crime and Punishment" first time when I was fifteen. Even though I loved it, it was quite heavy to read, so I didn't start reading his other books right away, but I think it's been long enough (three years?) that I really should go to the library...
Arkadiy and Boris Strugatskiy
Now I do like many books more than theirs, e. g. Nothing new on the west, Norwegian wood, Witcher series (up to Swallow's tower) but did not like other books from Remarque (no idea why), Murakami (too different, if you don't believe, read NW and let's say End of the world&Hard boild wonderland and you will see) or Sapkowski (the Hussite series, i. e. Narrenturm etc. was not very good) as much but I liked everything I had read from those two, um, three so far.
PS: Sorry, I had to made up the English names because I don't know what names do English translations of the book bear.
I think Brandon does a good job, but you can tell which chapters RJ wrote and which Sanderson wrote.
he does very well thought I do think his portrayal of Mat is off, he uses wrong verbiage.
I also like Orson Scott Card, Tolkin, Ray Bradbury, Terry Prattchett.. oy the list goes on...
But Robert Jordan (RIP) is my all time favorite :)
In no particular order:
Jeffrey Deaver, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Wilbur Smith. I mainly read thrillers and spynovels tho :)
However, (one of the) best work(s) ever is written by Douglas Adams. Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy is hilarious from start to finish!