Also, I have to give a shout-out to the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Fantastic books that no one seems to have read.
I have read them and used to own all of them. I very much enjoyed them, very good. And a prequel is coming out called The Ring Of Solomon:
Very good series.
Since everybody appears to enjoy childrens novels, I guess I'll be an odd one out.
Dresden Files-I obsess over these books. They are everything I love wrapped into a complete series. And it's a very good series, after twelve books it has not gotten old, there has not been a bad book. I love these.
Dune: Dune is amazing. I won't say the whole series does, because I think the Brian Herbert books pretty much raped his father's work. Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune were excellent novels that transcended anything I had ever read. It was harder, more complex than anything I had read. And then I read God Emperor of Dune and it was the previous three times 100. It wasn't bad particularly, but anyone who has read it knows what I'm talking about. You can't stop reading it, despite the fact every time you read one page you get a massive migraine. Heretics and Chapterhouse are excellent as well. God Emperor is the only tarnish in Frank Herbert's series, though that's debatable.
The Malazan Book Of The FallenI might have said the Drizzt books before I read The Malazan Book of The Fallen. I hate fantasy. Let me rephrase that, I hate epic fantasy. I hate LoTR, Thomas Covenant, Shanara. It's mostly my hate for having all the various races like giants and dwarfs with their cultures and everything that need to be meticulously detailed, which bores me; and also my complete hate of the storyline of some random guy becoming the greatest fighter/man ever who defeats the undefeatable evil. Thankfully, Malazan is a book focusing on a bunch of army guys in a special part of the military and follows their adventures. People die, people fight, everyone is well thought out. I never got bored with it, it is just very good and a very realistic world.
The Shining: Stephen King books are all good in their own respects, and I know there are more horror authors than King, but I personally think Dean Koontz is wussy stuff. The Shining is genuinely scary for a variety of reasons. The movie does the book justice, but taking the book for itself, you are still genuinely afraid. The ending sticks with you, despite the fact it is the basic ending for every King novel. You ask what happened to the main character, did he do what he did because he was crazy, or because he was actually possessed by a ghost?
The Faithful Spy: John Wells is my personal favorite spy at the moment in literature. This start of the series has us following him as a spy in the Taliban. He's been a spy for the past eight years, and he finally leaves when he's found out. He comes back to a wife who has a new boy toy, and finding that nobody really cares about him. He becomes a bit washed up, but new terror plots within America make him go after a terrorist with the bombs to destroy America's major cities. He destroys part of Los Angeles, and the book culminates in his final attack on New York. Subsequent books are all right, but the endings are complete let downs, the book just kind of ends with no huge fight at the end or something. The first has a great, drawn out ending. But the others just kind of taper off quickly. A good series though.
Beat The Reaper: This book follows a doctor with a dark past that is coming back to haunt him. He battles the mob and an old frienemy. One of my favorite parts is when he puts a syringe of fecal matter into one of the bad guys blood streams. The ending is hilarious, though it is not something I can really explain on this forum. Just go read this book and find out what I'm talking about.
There are some of my picks.