My very, very limited exposure to fantasy seems to be that it is the same story told over and over but it is just that, very limited exposure.
If you boil things down far enough, there really are only so many themes to go around: love, revenge, secrecy, war, power...
... Larry Niven cannot write, cannot do female characters and is boring,
As to the Fantasy novels... Perhaps you should try the series I mentioned to Wolfe, too: dude becomes the warrior (of words, since he's a bard) for the Old Gods against the New Religion. Celtic/Greeks-style pantheons, of deities that actually occasionally turn up in person to Sort Things Out in typical nuclear nutcracker fashion; Gods of major fuckage like War and Death, and also small gods of morning dew or quiet places. I think if you like LN/LN+JP and RAH, you'd probably like MS's writing style, even if the story itself was not to your taste.
Please read Brent Week's Night Angel trilogy & the current Lightbringer trilogy (which is possibly another HHGTTG, a trilogy of five; but definitely a Tetralogy sometime next August).
As to Lightbringer:
Can do female characters that are NOT boring.
“[D]eities that actually occasionally turn up in person,” albeit humans that transform into deities.
Visceral "..major fuckage like War and Death" in every other chapter dealt out liberally by Warriors wielding Mughal Empire weapons & light waves transformed into physical, usable, personally designed weapons and/or artifacts.
Espionage & politics that would make most IA’s nervous.
The list goes on.
I will submit that Brent does waffle occasionally to set the scene, or over-explain a nuance, but it’s bearable because some may not pick up the thread immediately and require a guide down his conceptual path.
Yeah, Oxycodone is way, way spacey, no way to concentrate on that stuff.
Take it easy dis.
I've popped enough Oxycodone in the last year to make a drug lord prosperous; did little to alleviate the consistent pangs.
BHO mixed with Honey Oil & CBD in a vape pen is, to put it very mildly, breath-takingly Fucking AAA splendid.