Favorite bands :
I have too many favorite bands to list here :p
But some of my main influences are Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Rhapsody (of Fire... ugh), Rush, The Black Mages, Avantasia, Edguy, Sonata Arctica, Siam Shade, Galneryus, etc.
Favorite guitarists :
Some of my favorite axeman are Luca Turilli, John Petrucci, Daita Itou, David Gilmour, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Michael Weikath & Sascha Gerstner, Kai Hansen, Jani Liimatainen, Jari Mäenpää, Syu, Gus G, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Adrian Smith, Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing, etc.
Favorite bassists :
Some of the coolest people in the world are Cliff Burton, Tetsuya Ogawa, Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Roger Waters, Markus Grosskopf, John Myung, Patrice Guers, Flea, David Ellefson, etc (because you know damn well that bassist are the coolest XD)
Favorite books :
1984... I don't read a lot, shush!