I've been looking around this forum for a while now and finally signed up. I've been writing my first novel for quite a while now and it's become time to get serious about its quality to potential readers.
It's quite clear to me and those who've had a chance to read some of my chapters that there is a problem with certain areas. Mainly, the pace is too fast and my descriptions are lacking.
I decided to ask you guys, fans of fantasy and writers of fantasy, for advice.
To be very specific - I am looking for books you've read where the plot, characters, and world weren't necessarily that great -however- you frequently found yourselves thinking "wow, this guy/gal is really good at describing milieus and characters".
The reason I am interested in novels where other important elements failed is that those elements can often elevate whatever is lacking and thus make us biased.
In summary - What books have you read where most things were cliche or downright uninteresting but the descriptions and set ups were amazing?