Gosh, I read through this thread and saw so many books mentioned that I read and loved..
For the post about Dean Knootz - Phantoms. AWSOME read, easily his best. Did not like Lightning so much though.
For the post about King - He best work was the Bachman books, IMO, I read It, Stand, the dark tower series, and etc.. but he is only "okay" in my list
For the post about Niven - Ringworld for sure! Love it! Mote in God's eye was good too.
I could go one, but I read EVERYTHING. Christopher Stasheff, Asimov, Clancy, Hardy Boys, Douglas Adams, and so one. The first book ever read was when I was seven and I devoured "The Never Ending Story" and have not stopped reading since. Its slower now that I am in grad school, but thanks to e-books I have read more in to self-published authors that just were not accessible before this age. I also read a lot of non-fiction, but that just depends on the topic that I am currently hot on.
Currently I am between books trying to decide what to read next. I just finished 80 A.D. which is actually a children's series (early YA). I am thinking of reading The Princes Bride
next only because I really enjoyed the movie. My TBR list is wide and varied.
You can steal my TV, but try and take my Nook, and you will find out how I got all those karate trophy's on my mantle!