How far did you get into Donaldson's stuff? Once you get past the purple prose and uber angst there's a good story there, and Thomas Covenant is fascinating character in spite of himself.
I've not read a lot of this stuff - Donaldson is probably the closest I've come to this sort of saga, and it just cannot be as bad as Donaldson for all the angsty crap. I was going to go with Kindle but someone pointed out that I'll be constantly map-reading, so maybe paperback is best!
What do people feel about reading the books or watching the TV series first?