Day 4: favourite book/series ever
I’ll go with series here, but it’s still an awfully difficult question: I mean, what criteria do I use? Eddings and McCaffrey bug me a little too much these days; Jasper Fforde has never quite peaked into the besotted stakes; Douglas Adams amuses me, but isn’t quite an absolute favourite.
I think I have to go with the Deathstalker series, by Simon Green, even though I think I’ve read them only once. It’s space opera at its finest, for me. Space ships; crazy technology; an empire ruled by a seriously terrifying Iron Bitch. A somewhat-bumbling hero who grows up beautifully; a tough and scary female lead (you know, I wonder if Joss Whedon has read these? Zoe has some awfully Hazel-like characteristics… but then again, not really); backed up by a marvellous, generally broken but grimly determined ensemble who just make me happy.
Also, there are awesome adventures, some not-overwhelming but inherently wonderful romances, witty banter, and some of the greatest worldbuilding ever.