Just curious, I assume some or maybe most people around here read, so what's your favourite book and why? Divulge as much detail about why you love it as you like, just try to avoid spoilers in case you get someone interested enough to give it a go. I've got two: Christine by Stephen King. I used to read a lot of horror books, lately I've bucked that trend to some extent, but still Christine stands out as one of my favourite books. More so than most Stephen King books I found the character development was done extremely well, getting you more involved in the plot and making you genuinely care about the fates of the characters; I also thought it was less gonzo than some of King's works (topiary coming alive and attacking people in The Shining anyone?). For anyone who hasn't heard of it it's a tumultuous romance story involving two high school friends going after the same girl - then throw a demonic car that can drive itself and murders people in the most brutal ways possible. Certainly an interesting mix. 1984 by George Orwell, I'm sure most people will have heard of this book. As I said I still like horror - I found 1984's ending more soul destroying and horrifying than the majority of the books actually part of the genre. For anyone who doesn't know it's a distopian future story about a totalitarian government who takes oppression to a phenomenal degree, and also about a guy who tries to fight the system. Short story-wise H.P. Lovecraft is great, so is Poe. I love the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - being only around 60 pages I think that classes as a short story too. Currently I'm going to read some H.G. Wells, I've got a book with several of his major works in like War of the Worlds and The Time Machine - I don't think you can get more steampunk than scifi written in Victorian times! I'm not a huge reader or a book snob, I'll try anything which is why I'm always interested in hearing what other people are into for ideas.