Thing is, there's so much stuff out there, it's (A) a tad problematic to separate the wheat from the chaff, and (B) find time to read all the good stuff that is out there. I personally like Seanan McGuire's October Daye books, and Laurie R. King's Mary Russell books - a very interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes stories. Then there's Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books -- as off the wall as Douglas Adams' stuff, but off a different wall. I've just started the first of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate novels are fun. And yes, Emma Bull. Oh, yes, Emma Bull. I'm awaiting Neil Gaiman's next with interest. Jane Fancher's Netwalker books are good. Somehow I seem to have missed Robin Hobb's books -- an oversight I'm in the process of correcting. If I read a book by an author and like it, I have a tendency to find more books by the same author, and if I like those, I'll read every thing of theirs I can get hold of, which is how I ended up with a shelf full of books by some lady named Bear.