There are a bunch of things I've been meaning to recommend to people, so I figured I'd just post a 'meta-recommendation' here. (note: All links to products are direct linked to the best Froogle result. I don't get any cheesy commission or anything, because I think that is lame.)
Firstly, if you enjoyed Harry Potter, but wish that J.K. Rowling was a little bit less R.L. Stein and a little bit more C.S. Lewis, you should check out Philip Pullman's superbly written and beautifully poignant His Dark Materials trilogy [froogle result]. All three of these books are my favorite.
Next up, if you liked Harry PotterandHis Dark Materials and enjoy listening to audio books for free, you must check out The Pocket and the Pendant by Mark Jeffrey. This was originally posted as a podcast, and us listeners had the story dragged out for what seems like forever. You can subscribe in podcast format at podiobooks.com, but you apparently need to create an account, so it's probably easier just to download each chapter by hand from the link above. This book is also available in print for those of you who don't feel like listening to it for free (which I would highly recommend because all the character voices and music really add to the production), it is available in print [froogle result].
A week or so ago, MadProfessor recommended It's Only Temporary[froogle result], which I purchased (and loved immensely) based on the review he wrote. I can't do it justice, so just click on over to his review.
If you enjoy the work of Stephen King, want some helpful hints on how to write, and are possibly entertaining the idea of writing fiction of your own for fun and profit, you ought to check out On Writing by Stephen King [froogle result]. There's a lot of really great advice in there, and some really entertaining stories regarding the events of Steve's life that shaped the stories he would eventually write. An entertaining read, even for non-writers.
The author lives in Vancouver, Washington, USA with his girlfriend and a menagerie of cats, rats, fish, birds, guinea pigs and robots.
Among other inanities, he strives to use investigative techniques to work young starlet breasts into every aspect of rational discourse -- focusing on the discourse, thus making it not perverted. Also, has recently begun a career as "Internet hairstylist."
He can be contacted via email and Jabber IM at 'email@example.com'. He likes to be contacted.
(All press inquiries, however, ought be directed towards the author's agent, Alistair Hoel, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)