I find this fascinating. Stover is one of the more popular authors and definitely talked about on this forum quite a bit.
Nice theme. I'm suddenly reminded of the Table Talk thread that Nila started earlier this year. Shame it lost momentum, it was a good bit of fun.
Robin Hobb is one of my favorite authors. In my opinion she puts on a clinic in novel writing every single book she puts out (that I've read, anyhow -
A few that come immediately to mind:
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R Donaldson
The Culture series by Iain M Banks
Revelation Space series
I'm so glad to see mention of Lynn Flewelling; I've read a good deal of the Nightrunner Series and am eager to discuss it. Although I think Flewelling