What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hobbit; The Player of Games; Dune; The Mote in Gods Eye; Morningstar
All five are character driven stories with strong plots. Great writing is great writing no matter the genre. These are a few of the books that I'll come back to and read again at least every other year.
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Who are your favorite authors?
JRR Tolkien, Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (in partnership), Iain M Banks, David Brin, David Gemmell, George MacDonald Fraser.
These authors all give deep plots and good stories, but more than that there are characters that you can see grow and develop - characters that you will want to come and spend time with again and again.