As for Hobb, I read the first Fitz book a few years ago and liked it but didn't love it. My relative indifference has a lot to do with the setting--I just don't get into faux medieval settings, not unless the other elements are terrific ala Guy Gavriel Kay. I found Hobb to be a good writer but not a great one, that + my indifference about the setting = not reading the sequels.
She certainly isn't "crap," though, no matter what your personal tastes are. That seems a bit hyperbolic.