In trying to find some decent fantasy to read, I've come to the conclusion that publishers and book sellers are desperate for fantasy writers. I believe publishers are taking poorly written first novels by unknown writers and setting editors on them to do nearly complete rewrites. Then in their succeeding works they will rewrite only the first chapters. My evidence for this are: Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. A really fun book, but every dozen or so pages I would see a sentence that got by the editors and would set alarms ringing that maybe the writer wasn't very good. In his follow up novel, the first chapter was passable. The second was bad, it looked like a first draft by a very young writer. I couldn't read any further. Kraken by China Mieville. Over and over, I have seen references to China as a shining star of this generation's fantasy writers. The first chapter of Kraken was really nice. I got excited, it seemed to be the work of a real professional. A page and a half into the second chapter I was completely lost. The writing was nearly incomprehensible. I recall a sentence with five commas, and it wasn't a list. That the booksellers are desperate is evidenced by: Harlequin getting away with publishing books in the fantasy genre. Their "fantasy" novels are romance novels in fantasy settings and should be categorized as romance not fantasy. Call it a fantasy sub-genre of romance, but call it romance first. If book sellers weren't so desperate for fantasy titles they would refuse these books and Harlequin would have to publish them, rightfully, as romance.