I WILL rant about David Zindell, whose latest book The Lightstone is supposedly Teh Super Awesome Fantasy That Will Redefine Its Subgenre, when all it was was a collection of bits of EVERY SINGLE POPULAR FANTASY WORK/LEGEND EVAH. To wit: Our main character is a prince with a Gift of Empathy He Hates, and! and! a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead that marks him as the One Who Will Fulfill the Prophecy. Their quest is to go after the Lightstone, which is a freakin' golden cup and has been lost forever and is the only thing that can Save Their World from the Immortal Menace Named Morjin. He meets up with a warrior chick who turns out to 1. be a seeeeeeeeecret princess and 2. a seer who starts predicting the future, and of course they fall in Lurve. They end up in a forest separated from the world and ruled by the benevolent queen
I really need to get published.