Here's my latest reads that I can remember off the top of my head:
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Books (3): Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark.
Pro Review quote: "Gonzo cybergoth space opera: intensely compelling; darkly intelligent; hugely ambitious" - Paul J McAuley
I dig this author, and the above quote is pretty accurate. It's space opera-ish in a way that hasn't been seen since the authors of yore (poul anderson and co.), and manages to be almost cyberpunk-ish in some respects as well. I can see the gothity connection but I hadn't made it myself. Picked the first one up on a whim and I'm very glad that I did. There's a fourth one that was released recently, they don't have a copy at my nearest book store though so I'm going to have to hunt for it.
Definitely recommended to all hard sci-fi fans. They go in order, start with Revelation Space and move on if you like that one.
Author: Jeff Moon
Title: Automated Alice
Comments: Fun light read, a revisit to Alice of "Through the Looking Glass" but in a decidedly new story. I liked it well enough, but wasn't blown away.
Author: Pete Hamill
Comments: Meg's been trying to get me to read something other than Sci-Fi, and this was a successful attempt. This is an awesome book, I liked it a whole lot. I knew how it was going to end from about half-way through, but that didn't make me enjoy it any less. An Irish Immigrant to New York becomes immortal, lives through the history of NY City. Well written, interesting subject and material, what more can you ask for?
Highly recommended for any New Yorkers out there (or city/history buffs), just plain recommended for everyone else.
I'm sure there were others, but I can't remember them right now and it's lunchtime. More once I've checked out the bookshelves at home.