who doesn't post on the forum but reads it?
seanan mcguire - october daye
ursula le guin - earthsea
terry pratchett - discworld if your sense of humour can cross the ocean
sanderson has more series
iain m banks - culture
more challenging: jeff vandermeer - best known for southern reach but i really enjoy his veniss novels
neal stephenson - cryptonomicon - maybe bit heavy on the math and expositio