One day, after finishing book 2 of Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive, I reflected on how the world itself had as much, if not more, attention than the characters. It was extremely unique and colorful, unlike most fantasy. It seems that the popular thing to do ever since the birth of the genre, was to have your book take place in either unspecified feudal ages, or a middle earth clone. So I'm looking for an author, or a book that does not follow the conventional ways of world creation. A book where it's obvious that the author spent tons more effort making the world, than efforts spent on characters, and manages to still make it readable. What would you suggest?