A nice shout-out from Christopher Paolini:
"Read the Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake, which is extremely gothic and not to everyone's taste but I recommend it. Read the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy by Tad Williams – it's step up from Lord of the Rings in terms of size and complexity."
Damon.co.nz: Where the homeless come to bathe
"Pardon me while I have a strange interlude."