My favorite Character is Drizzt Do'Urden, (the Dark Elf trilogy and other stories)
As a kid, I enjoyed reading 'older' books - one series I liked was the Rick Brant books - "Rick Brant was a high school boy who lived on an island off the coast of New Jersey. His father was a world-famous scientist. Rick and his best friend had adventures all over the globe. usually involving a secret science project of some kind." He lived on the island and had his own plane... I don't recall too many details, but they were fun adventures...
As I got older, I read Madeleine L'Engle(the Time Quartet),Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), William Gibson, etc.
Haven't done much reading since my son was born. (other then reading to HIM) but, I have started cracking open books again, during my commute...
The latest book I read TOTALLY blew me away - "Foreshadows: Ghosts of Zero" http://foreshadows.net/ it's an anthology of short stories and accompanying music tracks - it reminded me of Gibson prior to his switch to "soccer-mom" SciFi stuff. It was great because I was able to read it in little bites - during my commute or when I had 5 minutes to myself, I could read one story. I also enjoyed it because one of the stories was written by a friend of mine, and I'm KINDA in it...'sorta"... ;)
I'm sure I've read more SciFi as a kid, but don't recall it at the moment... ;)
I am really surprised that only one other person mentioned the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. I loved that series and honestly still love it. I never had really been into any fantasy or sci-fi before I read them.
If you had the opportunity, the five books are not very long reads, but weave together a wonderful story. I know that they are geared for more of an older starting audience, but I can sense that I will be reading them to my young boys soon (kind of as a preview)
Any other Assistant Pig Keepers out there?