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How do you feel about Brandon Sanderson's books?
Well... if I say that if I never hear his name again I would be happy would that give you enough information as to how I feel?

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Have you looked at Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories? They're a bit dated, but they're classic sword and sorcery, with more of a sense of fun (and some sly digs at the genre). Shorts, but they read fast and are adventurous, plus they tend to build on each other.

Another older series would be Jennifer Roberson's Sword-Dancer saga.

If you're good with alt-history, consider Naomi Novik's Temeraire series; alternate Napoleonic wars with sapient dragons.

For fun SF, try Scott Meyer. His Magic 2.0 series, about modern programmers discovering the data files behind reality and using it to become "wizards," has a Douglas Adams Lite feel to it. Also Dennis E. Taylor's Bobiverse books, about a modern programmer/sci-fi nerd resurrected as the AI of a future space probe; a fun, throwback feel, like when Star Trek was about exploration and a sense of wonder.

For epic fantasy that isn't as grim or tedious as GRRM, try Tad Williams or Kristen Britain.

Gotta get going... I know I have more, and I'll try to get back after work.
I have read Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and Tad Williams and Kristen Britain. Dated is fine! I like completed series which does put them back a bit.

I do not like Novik's works they are just awful, between how the dragons are treated and the MC not having any sort of spine.

I will have a look at the other suggestions though...