Anne Rice is an overwriter -- her prose is very florid and purple, and she tends to go over-the-top far too often. Hobb doesn't really have that problem, though she's definitely not a minimalist like Neil Gaiman. Martin tends to be a bit more spartan with his descriptions, however.
The Farseer Trilogy and the Tawny Man Trilogy (as well as the Soldier Son Trilogy) differ most strongly from a Song of Ice & Fire in that they are written in first person POV, requiring them to stick with a single main character whose every thought and action is revealed to the reader. The Liveship Traders focuses on a much larger cast of characters, and draws a much more ready comparison to a Song of Ice & Fire because of it.
Honestly, as I'd said earlier, the biggest difference is that Hobb focuses very heavily on the transformation of a character or set of characters from start to finish of story (regardless of their effect on the world, or oftentimes downplaying their effect), whereas Martin is more focused on how the events of the world sweep people up and their ultimate effect (or lack thereof) on their circumstances.
As fond as I am of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, I feel that Tad Williams is the epitome of slow -- the Dragonbone Chair takes forever to finally kick off (and it's just excruciating reading up until that point), and each of his novels has a serious sag point where you're just dying for the story to do something. When he's good, however, he's very good.
As far as Jacqueline Carey goes, I suppose it takes a certain palate. Kushiel's Dart is a bit of a slow starter, as it seems to entirely be a character piece until about halfway through, at which point it picks up steam in a hurry.
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