I have posted here before, way back when I hadn't read much science fiction. I still haven't read that much science fiction, but I have read more that I had.
I will always have a place in my heart for Starship Troopers and you can be assured that Scalzi's Old Man's War resides in the same area. I had heard much praise for Richard K. Morgan and Altered Carbon, but it took me forever to actually go out and look for the book, or rather, actively search it out at the local library. I was taking a chance with a genre I wasn't all too fond of and a perspective that I liked even less, but I took the chance and loved every minute of it. Altered Carbon is a rich blend of Hard Boiled noir and science fiction and it works amazingly well. Even now, after having finally bought a copy of my own, along with several of his other works, I have the temptation to put the book I am reading down and go give it a reread. There are two authors who have this effect on me: Richard K. Morgan and Scott Lynch, both relatively new authors and both (forgive me for using this word so many times in one post) amazing talents in the industry.
My opinion as far as fantasy goes has not changed. There is no way I can limit myself to one novel or even to one author, I could list several, but what good would that do? I suppose if I had to choose a novel, and only one novel, to read until my eyes rolled into the back of my head to prevent me from reading any longer, I could likely choose one. However the rest of my collection would have to be on fire and a gun would have to be to my head. The only book that I have ever wanted to reread immediately after finishing the book is A Game of Thrones, but that was a long time ago, back when my idea of fantasy was lead by Forgotten Realms and authors like Feist. It is a shock to read something so good when one has only read the lower end of fantasy. Times, they have changed and now I wouldn't pick a book by Martin if my life depended on it (and indeed it would if I had a gun to my head). Erikson is a fantastic writer and certainly at the top of my list of favorite fantasy authors, but when you look at his books, it is either as a whole or as separate entities. Sadly, I am afraid I wouldn't choose just a single one of his novels, yes they are great and I would like to reread them, but no single novel stands out as something I would want to read over and over again. Bakker, again, great author, but I couldn't bring myself to read his books over and over again. You know, I said it before when I was going over the science fiction bit, there have only been two authors whose books I want to reread pretty much all the time. Morgan and Lynch. Well, as far as fantasy goes, I would have to with Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora as that one novel that I'd select over all the others, in terms of readability I think it surpasses the rest and in terms of rereadability as well. It is fast, it is fun, well characterized (mostly), and just something that I think I could stand to read over and over, even after the thought of it turned my stomach.
Yes, I deviated from this thread, but I am bored.