Best book you've read recently
I've been reading George R.R. Martin's excellent Songs of Ice and Fire series - having finished "A Feast for Crows" I'm now stuck until he finishes the next installment.
I've enjoyed it because of the way he successfully developed the characters and built such a complex and interesting world, without getting himself so bogged down in details/complexity that it gets paralysed, like Robert Jordan did with his once promising Wheel of Time series.
I'm now reading the autobiography of an American J.P. Craven, who was the Chief Scientist on naval projects like the Polaris nuclear missile submarines and the mini deep-sea rescue sub (which was made famous by the book/movie Hunt for Red October). Very interesting piece of history...