Wow, lots of well read people here, will definetly have to try many of these out :D Just to add my 2 cents, I can recommend The Dark Tower series; I really love books 1-4 (3 especially, just like ASOIAF) and books 5-6 are decent (haven't read 7 just yet due to widespread criticism). I'd also recommend the Artemis Fowl series, which despite being quite simplistic, is a pretty fun read nonetheless. Just don't expect to get your mind blown. However, the real reason I posted here is that to note I was glad nobody posted His Dark Materials. I remember reading this series as a child (about 10 years old), being quite engrossed in books 1 and 2 and just thoroughly hating book 3. I gave it a second chance when I was about 19 and found exactly the same thing, except this time I could see why it was so bad. Pullman just takes a very promising story and takes a giant shit all over it, pardon my language, and forgive me if you liked the book. It is filled with horribly, horribly contrived situations, author filibusters, ridiculous plot devices (seriously, there's a moment in the story we're introduced to machine that can do literally anything at all - which is then used to move a character from point A to point B and break instantly after that, which just screams laziness and lack of respect to the reader so hard I felt ill), clichéd dialogue, and worst of all, the destruction of all the interesting elements introduced in the previous books. The main girl, Lyra, goes from being an interesting free-thinking rogue to an extremely lazily written, apathetic, boring love interest/Eve metaphor or whatever. Seriously, most of the book reads like a horribly corny pamphlet for the author's views, very different from the pointed criticism found in previous books. In case it isn't apparent, big no-no from me. If you want, read books 1 and 2, they are quite interesting, but book 3 just shows such a lack of respect for the reader that the author deserves to be shat upon. Again, please forgive me if you like the book, but I don't think I've ever been this offended by a bunch of paper before.