J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter
So I finished the Harry Potter series. I was very impressed with Rowling's story telling. It was absolutely superb. On par with Tolkien, no question. I hope she'll either write more in the HP universe, or create something new and amazing, though she's set herself a pretty high bar. This isn't to say there weren't flaws, but everyone I've read lately (Verne, Tolkien, Lewis, Card, Burroughs, Anthony) has had flaws. Unlike those wonderful writers, however, she's the only one that's made my eyes water, and more than once. My hat's off to J. K. Rowling.