Thinking on it, it's really one of the most beautifully written pieces of fiction I've ever read. Other books may have entertained me more, titilated me more, or dragged me into fandoms, but this was so fucking beautiful. Other books with the same type of beauty? E.M. Forster's stuff, like Room With A View and Maurice. My favorite Chaim Potok novels, The Chosen, The Promise and My Name Is Asher Lev. Mary Renault too, especially the really impeccable novels of hers like The Last of the Wine and The Persian Boy. But I think it is different from those books (well, except for Maurice) in being a short novel with a relatively simple plot and not too many characters. It's spare, but oh so rich at the same time.
I was going to be putting together the fifth year anniversary issue of Inception this weekend anyway, but now I'm driven to because I really, really want to review this book!