tightropegirl states my thoughts on prose style more elegantly than ever I could, while talking about Evelyn Waugh. "I wish this rich, chocolate layer-cake prose style had not gone out of fashion. A few contemporary authors skirt it now and then (I can recite the ending of "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by heart) but we seem to be in a comparatively spare and puritanical age. I rage against the dying of the semicolon and the condescending treatment of the metaphor. We have gone from seven-course meals with port and cigars afterward to healthful oatmeal with flax milk."
I could say that the baroque is alive and well in fantasy, though I don't know about the 'well' part. It does require a deep immersion in the literature and very few people have that these days, at least on this side of the Atlantic.