Thank you, thank you, thank you, Phoenix Valkyrie, for mentioning Zelazny. He gets too little credit. The Amber series is told from a first-person perspective, and Zelazny uses his main character’s lack of omniscience to really engross the reader in the story. It’s a nice change of pace if you’ve been reading stock fantasy before hand.
Hell, anything with “Zelazny” that you can get your hands on would be well worth it. <i>A Night in Lonesome October</i> fits right into the time of year.
Othewise…as for Salvator, don’t bother with anything except his Dark Elf books unless you want some really, REALLY cliche characters and stories.
Raymond E. Feist has a nice-sized Riftwar Saga series. The books aren’t too long, and the series is continued in a following saga if you become a fan.
There’s always Robert Jordan and his Wheel of Time series, but be warned - the books usually run a good 700 pages minimum, and it starts getting repetitive after the 3rd or 4th. It’s definitely worth it to read at least the first, though.
Beyond the core Dragonlance books, Weiss and Hickman collaborated on bunch of other things. My favorite of theirs (‘sides Dragonlance) is the Death Gate cycle, a 7-volume saga that still stands out in my. It’d take to long for me to explain the series’ premise, so just trust me, will ya?
Terry Brooks has sever series. The Shannara books are serious fantasies, somewhat like the second coming of fantasy after the Lord of the Rings. The Magic Kingdom for Sale books are funny fantasy fluff. The Knight of the Word books are fantasies set in modern times, and I think a favorite around here.
Lastly (and that means I’m leaving out a whole lot of things that deserve to be read), try to track down the Chronicles of Corum books by Michael Moorecock. They’re nice and fast moving.
<i>Edit: New Gunslinger book comes out next month, doesn’t it? I can’t wait!</i>