I'm a huge fan of multi-volumed stories consisting of thousands of pages. I enjoy rich, textured language, and a huge cast of well-drawn characters. I'm especially fond of fantasies involving Earth (as we know it, or slightly off kilter) and some alternate, magic realm.
I suppose I'm looking for Narnia for adults, but possibly sans the cliches of quests, elves, and magic swords. Please, no dragons or powerful rings, no misogyny -- I want strong female characters -- and I want romance without it being the focus.
Maybe a steampunk series?
I'm already drooling in anticipation.