I was once a huge RA and Drizzt fan, but after reading George R.R. Martin years ago, Salvatore just irritated the piss out of me.
First of, Martin completely catches you with emotion after crippling a small child from the start. His fantasy series is genius, if you can get passed the pages of food and sex that seem to bog the momentum of the story from time to time. However, he takes great strides and is willing to sacrifice--well, more or less murder--characters for the sake of the story. To me, for a while, it seemed that Salvatore loved his characters too much to let them go.
Not to mention, the books just aren't the same without Artemis Entreri.
If you haven't read George R.R. Martin, I heavily suggest you check it out. Also, I've been impressed with Brandon Sanderson's filling in for Jordan for the last three books (which were supposed to be one, but we've gotten used to that with Jordan). I've got Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy waiting on my shelf. Hopefully I'll get to that this summer.
As for Goodkind, the first book was great, but I haven't read any of it sense that time. Hearing about it is making me want to pick it up again.