Like most people I read J.R.R. Tolkien and his novels about Middle-earth as a kid and enjoyed his books but he was not the one who made me love fantasy worlds. No that honor went to Raymond E. Feist who wrapped me in his world of Midkemia with his tale of the Riftwar. I couldn't put the first book I read "Magician Apprentice" down as I found out about Pugs adventures and the world he lived in became very real to me. I think I finished that first book in two days and rushed out to get the second as soon as I was done. I was hooked and wanted to know what happened. Still to this day I find Mr Feist to be one of the best writers and buy his latest novels as soon as they hit the shelfs. There are two other writers I find that do the same thing to me. R.A. Salvatore (who writes many fine novels in the Forgotten Realms in which he created the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden) and Michael Stackpole. (He is mostly known for his Star Wars and Battletech books, and being a designer of computer games..ex: Bard's Tale III, Wasteland, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary and Star Trek: Judgment Rites. He also created the role-playing game Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes so he has been a busy man.) Both these men are very well known writers and if you have never read any of their novels run out and purchase one. I recommend "Warrior: En Garde" an Battletech Novel from Stackpole and "The Crystal Shard" an AD&D Forgotten Realms Novel by Salvatore as good books to start off with. Just be warned that you may be purchasing others novels from these authors soon after you finish these first ones. The thing is these three writers all can drag me into a fantasy world and make it real to me like no others. When I get one of their novels I don't put them down till I have lovingly pour over every last word they wrote. They write such great books that I find myself wanting to visit these lands that they have made up and adventure there myself. Matter of fact before reading the Riftwars books I played some AD&D but it was mostly hit the dungeon kill everything, grab the loot and level up. After reading his book I found myself wanting to develop my groups gaming world more. His books made me a much better player as I started to Role play more in game and wanted a true storyline and history for my characters. I went from just being Vallend a high level warrior with lots of magic items. To being Vallend, Lord of the keep on Neggit Pass. A man with a mission to hold and protect a pass through the mountains that an evil army of orcs wanted to swarm through. My entire gaming group changed and got much better because we all grew to care about our characters they no longer were stats on a piece of paper, but living breathing heroes of the lands we played in. That is what a great writer can do change the way you look at things. I know that was one of the reasons I started playing UO was to help make a living world and to enjoy adventures with friends who shared the same dream. (Though these days the game to many players is just about items and gold and less about the adventure. It has become more about your characters stats and skills and less about your characters story. To me that is a shame because those players are missing out on so much more.) So what writer has dragged you into the world they wrote about? If you don't mind tell me what books and what hooked you, and also tell me why?