I’ve read a few best-selling fantasy series—Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, His Dark Materials, Twilight, Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, The Dark Is Rising—but I would never describe myself as an aficionado. First because all these books are on about a fourth-grade reading level--
At this point, were this a sitcom like Scrubs, this is where you would hear the sound of the record needle being dragged across the grooves. "Fourth-grade reading level"? Lord of the Rings? Really?
I don't have much to say about the recommendations offered. It's a decent-enough list of recent fantasy writing, but it all tends to the "epic fantasy" arena. The fantasy genre is incredibly rich, offering so much beyond the whole swords-in-epic-lands kind of thing -- Tim Powers, Christopher Moore, Lian Hearn, many others -- so I'm surprised the writer of this article stuck with mainstream, epic fantasy. I haven't read Goodkind or Hobb, but I have read Tad Williams, and Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a good series, although I found it overlong and overstuffed. Erikson is good, although I wasn't as wowed by Gardens of the Moon as most others (which leads me to believe that I may have missed something there). And it's all a matter of taste, but it's been years since Terry Brooks impressed me.