I'm a major sci-fi and fantasy reader, and over the years I've read a lot of the books mentioned by all of you. I like horror as well, just about
As far as sci-fi goes, I have a tendency to lump sci-fi/fantasy together, I prefer soft sci-fi, not hard core, although I read some of the
Battletech/Mechwars books years ago, because my son was into them and we enjoyed discussing the books we read with each other.
As far as favorites go, I would have to say of course, the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, which I first read in high school, and of course
several times after that. I have read a lot of older sci-fi, by A. Merritt, Marilyn Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series.
I also like:
Deathland series - by James Axler, lots of books in this series, kind of a post
apocalyptic story line, books can be read in any order
Island in the Sea of Time
Against the Tide of Years
On the Oceans of Eternity- all by S. M. Stirling
Dies the Fire (related to the above three and part of a trilogy, also Stirling)
Deathgate series - 7 book series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffery (also her Crystal Singers series is good)
Drowning Towers - by George Martin, Arthur C. Clark winner
(I read this book in the 80's, but it is a really current book to read now with all the talk about global warming, read the review below, it's scary
how well the premise of this book fits in with today's fears)
Drowning Towers review
Apprentice Adept series - Piers Anthony
This 7 book series has been compared to the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny, and the plot switches from a sci-fi world to a fantasy world.
And possibly my two favorite books, although more fantasy than sci-fi:
The Stand - by Stephen King
SwanSong - by Robert R. McCammon
(also a good Horror/Vampire book by Robert R. McCammon, They Thirst
this one scared the cr*p out of me the first time I read it!)
Hope I've given you some good ones to check out and read!