So I finished A Game of Thrones. Loved it. A Clash of Kings (the second book in that series) is sitting here not 12 inches away from my laptop. Love the characters, love the story.
I picked up The Black Company, but put it back down after a dozen or so pages. I fear it has not grasped my attention.
I got my hands on The Bloody Crown of Conan, which contains The People of the Black Circle, The Hour of the Dragon, and A Witch Shall Be Born. I'm only.... 4 pages in, and already I love it. The writing.. is just so descriptive. Evocative. Quite frankly, I keep reading these authors, and wondering how I could possibly write anything remotely comparable.
I also picked up one of the Forgotten Realms Drow books. And, like the Black Company, I put it back down in relatively short order.
Funny how sometimes certain things appeal to you while others do not.