Though the Other Fantasy community sort of went down the crapper these last couple of years, I'm truly sad to see it go. Wotmania.com was the first place where I started lurking circa 2003 and 2004. And it's the very first message board where I became and official member.
The folks there provided me with so many great recommendations over the years, chief among them Steven Erikson and R. Scott Bakker (at a time when no one really knew who they were). They are also responsible for my discovering novels such as Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt. And for that, I'll be eternally grateful.=)
Without their support early on, I might never have continued blogging. Without wotmania.com, there would be no Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.
So happy trails to everyone who was a wotmaniac! It's been a great couple of years, no question!