Well, my absolute favorite for books would have to be "Homeland" by R.A. Salvatore. While some of his earlier books almost seemed a bit cliche(I suppose one has to start with the basics), this book was a masterpiece. It was cruel and dark in it's depiction of the drow elves in an equally sinister underground society. It had characters who filled in various shades of grey on the moral compass(I love neutral characters in a plot, as it always seems more realistic to me). What more, it had emotion, and some possible philosophical insights written at the beginning of each chapter. Drizzt Do'Urden(the main character) is really quite an insightful elf, and although this particular book was a prequel to the actual story, I found this to be far more in-depth and wonderous than even his later adventures.