I'm new. Fantasy and Sci-fi are my favourites plus I like those books that stand out or are unusual. Lately I've been reading urban fantasies. I had a Sci-fi weekend with Wen Spencer's books, Alien Taste and Tainted Trail. The main character, Ukiah Oregon is a private investigator who was raised by wolves for most of his childhood. It is written from Ukiah's point of view. He has unusual abilities and functions. It turns out that his origins are even stranger than being a wolf child.
I haven't got to Jim Butcher as yet but I have added him to my wishlist. I've read, Anne McCaffrey, Judi Canavan, Anne Bishop, David Eddings, Orson Scott Card, Julian May, Marian Zimmer Bradley, CS Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Dianne Wynne Jones, Mercedes Lackey, David Gemmel, Terry Brooks, Stephen Donaldson, Clive Barker, Tokien, Rowling, Robbin Hobb, Michael Morcock, Raymond E Feist, Paolini, Kelly Armstrong, Amy Lane, Lisa Sherin etc
I have read Sara Douglas, Joe Abercrombie, Karen Miller, Phillip Pulman and possibly JV Jones. I have heard of Garth Nix so I'll get to him eventually. Oh and I've read Prachett's books. I'll check out KJ Parker and Brent Weeks.
My favourite charaters are
Prachett books, Discworld, Granny Weatherwax, Vimes, DEATH
Orson Scott Card, Shadow saga (spin of from Ender's saga) Bean
Trudi Canavan, Black Magician triology, Ceryni and Danyl, Age of Five, Mischef
Anne McCaffrey's Pern, Robinton the masterharper
Kelly Armstrong, Women of the otherworld series, Elena
Anne Bishop, Blood Jewels triology, Saetan
Julian May, The Galactic Mileu triology, Jack/Jon
Robbin Hobb, Farseer triology and Tawny Man triology, The Fool
CS Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan
Mercedes Lackey, Mage Wars, Skandranon, The Last Herald Mage, Vanyel.
Other favourite characters are
Lisa Shearin, Raine Benares series, Tam
LK Hamilton's Merry Gentry series, The Darkness
Dianna Wynne Jones, The Dark Lord of Derkholm and The Year of the Griffins, Derk
Terry Brooks, Landover series, Abernathy
Anne McCaffry's Pern, Ruth
I prefer the Fool. The Dresden files are on my wishlist.
The Fool is my favourite character out of Hobb's books, not sure out of ALL the books I've read though...
He was quoting from Crime and Punishment.