Bill just got done reading Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle). He actually went and saw the movie first. He then decided that he wanted to read the book. He said it was a good read and it followed the movie pretty well. It did remind him of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, it had its own characters and mythology to surround the story.
I now have to decide if I want to read the book. Bill did say it was good. However, I may cheat and just watch the movie.
UPDATE: He just informed me that he wants the next book in the series called Eldest.