I love to read. I always have. Part of the enjoyment of reading is getting caught up in the characters and situations that they are placed. A good author can make this connection with the reader while some just can't ever seem to make it happen. A few years ago I read "Rise of Endymion" by Dan Simmons and really got wrapped up in the 2 main characters. It took me a week to get over the book and the ending. I just finished Mockingjay and it's still there rattling around in my head. I read a lot and a few books come close but it is hard to find a good SciFi or Fantasy author that can do this. Does anyone else have this happen to them? Any suggestions for authors? I'm waiting for book 6 of the game of thrones series from George R. R. Martin but in the interim I've picked up the dragon riders of pern as it was highly rated.