Name of the Wind was goddamn fantastic. It’s the first book in a trilogy though, and they’re only expecting the next one in 2011, I think.

Have you read Tom Bissell’s Extra Lives yet? I’m halfway through it. His writing is a bit heavy-handed, but he does a great job of elucidating the love/hate relationship he has with games—a sentiment I totally empathize with.

Scott Pilgrim? Finish #6 yet? If you haven’t read any of it, get on that shit.

Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon is a fantastically pulpy murder-mystery, set in a hard-science future where brains are backed up on discs, making eternal life a very real proposition (but only for the ultra rich).

Otherwise, I could start recommending classics. Heinlein, Asimov, Vonnegut…