OOoooh, so there's a thread itself. Do you mind linking me to it? be a lot easier if I bookmark it so I can get notifications when it updates.
Also, my favorite fantasy writer, that's a tough one. I would say Diana Wynne Jones right about now since she wrote Howl's Moving Castle, otherwise I really like @Penni's work. Mm, there are a few light novel writers that I like but I'm partial to old series like the dot hack series written by Tatsuya Hamazaki and Rei Izumi.