I enjoyed searching online and reading through my archive about my idol's favorite book/books.
Bob Dylan = The Grapes of Wrath John Lennon = Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Bob Marley = The Holy Bible (the new testament) Sting = The Gormenghast Trilogy, Lolita
NEIL GAIMAN's FAVORITES (courtesy of Laini Taylor, author of Dreamdark series and Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
What was the book that most influenced your life or your career as a writer? "Probably Harlan Ellison's Shatterday (1980). It's a collection of Ellison's short stories, as powerful as any good Ellison collection, and I read it on a plane trip on very bad day in 1982, and Harlan's commentary in one of his introductions to stories -- on doing things, on being a writer and not just thinking you were a writer, on using the time you have -- did more to turn the almost-22-year-old me into the writer I would one day become than anything else. I got off the plane determined to be a writer."
What are your ten favorite books, and what makes them special to you? "The Biography of Manuel by James Branch Cabell -- Eighteen volumes of beautiful, worldly, wise writing by a forgotten American master.
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe -- The best science fiction novel of the last century.
Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees -- My favourite fairy tale/detective novel/history/fantasy.
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potock -- A labyrinth inside a maze; also a wonderful film.
Viriconium by M John Harrison -- I could pick any Harrison book, though. It could as easily be Light, his recent sci-fi novel, or Climbers, his astounding mainstream novel. He's a master of prose and ideas.
Codex Seraphinianus by Luigo Serafini -- A guide to an alien world, in an alien language. The strangest book I own.
A Humument by Tom Phillips -- In which an artist works into a Victorian novel to create something perfectly new.
Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones -- The best writer of magical children's fiction of our generation. I don't know if this is the best of her novels, but it's my favourite.
Nine Hundred Grandmothers by R.A. Lafferty -- The funniest, oddest short stories in this or any other world.
The Complete Newgate Calenda -- One of those books, like Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor, that's almost a window into the past. In this case, an immersive and astonishing look at criminals and their often short and tragic lives. My set is four volumes, bound in red leather, and it smells like a bygone age."
Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun is originally published (1980-1983) in four parts (Quartet) and so far I got the Book II (Sword of the Lictor) copy of it. The series won prestigious awards like the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and the Locus.