Originally I had three favorites to put in my post, and none of them were published within the last thirty or forty years.Holy tomatoes!
I haven't read the Tad Williams - thanks for the recommendation: I have added it to my (rather long) wishlist.High Fantasy series they love that is worth reading
The history of Earthsea would make a great MythMoot paper!Earthsea - I never knew any of that about the other books.
Actually, that's Librivox.org and I've listened to a fair number of novels from there, and have some recommendations!
Librivox only has audiobooks of works that are out of copyright, so in general, that's 90+ years old. They are read by volunteers. Some are read by computers. There was a rush of computer-readings about fifteen years ago, and those are very bad. But the very worst of the human volunteers are even worse! However, the best of the human readers are as good as any professional paid readings you'd buy on Audible.)
Don't judge Tad W. by Tailchaser - that was pre-MST. MST is truly classic high fantasy. You won't be disappointed.I'd also like to comment on a few recent reads:
Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams. Disappointed me (in many of the same ways as The Sword of Shanarra). May still try Memory, Sorrow and Thorn anyway.
I also recommend Steven Brust's Serenity fan-fiction My Own Kind of Freedom.Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman said:"Because," said Thor, "when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki's fault. It saves a lot of time."