Have you ever had your expectation built up to Olympian heights about an author either by critical acclaim, or popularity or both, only to read with incredulity and ask: what is all the hype about? Here is my top 5 list, what's yours? 5. George Martin Except for Hodor. He redeemed this series. If he dies, I'm done. 4. Robert A. Heinlein Too much talk, too much irrelevant talk, none of which truly attains to insightfulness or cleverness - you grok? On the bright side though, he did provide the impetus for a wonderful showcase of Denise Richards' ... acting skills. 3. Stephen R. Donaldson I AM A LEPER. Aah, yes. Indeed. But aren't we all lepers? 2. Orson Scott Card Fart eater. Wow those kids are so ... lord of the flies. My innocence is lost Orson all thanks to you. 1. Guy Gavriel Kay Aww shucks this country bumpkin has seen the world now! I'm a sadder but a wiser man. And my feelings. Would you like to hear about my feelings? They put the P in Poignant. Oh yes, I am practically the perfect personification of poignancy. Feel it baby. POIGNANT!!!