I rarely re-read books, but a few years ago I re-read the 1st two trilogies in relatively short order. I don’t know if it was due to nostalgia or some other ethereal force, but I enjoyed them even after 15 or so years between readings.
As long as there is no character similar to Uni (a la the old animated D&D cartoon) that, in the 2007 iteration, sounds suspiciously like Jar-Jar Binks, I guess I will see it.
The Kender sucked. End of story. The Gully Dwarves also sucked. Bupu needed a mercy bullet (or I guess a mercy magic missile).
Cool story does not mean that everything had to be good. Of course, I think some people just have a higher tolerance for “foil” characters (or actually, god forbid, enjoy them). For example, I also think R2D2 and C3P0 could be removed from Star Wars with little to no loss, and a fair bit of improvement.
R.A. Salvatore is a hack. You may not notice it in his first books. I did like the 6 dark elf books, although by the end of the last few books I was starting to see through his weak plot devices.
I went on to read more of his books, and the more I read the less I liked them. There is one book he wrote about an alternate world where there was a demon setting up armies to attack. It featured this guy who became a ranger named Night Bird and this other guy who spent time in a monastery learning to be some kind of super monk and how to use magic rocks. I made it to the end of the 2nd book and was disgusted with him by then. That was and will be the last book I ever will read by that guy.