As for me, I'm reading MEtro 2033 by Dmitri Glukhovsky. The game was derived from it, and at 70-odd percent through I think it's a fine, fine book. Hero's journey plot, obviously, but it reads like a walk through the stoic and the crazy in Russian culture in microcosm. Very clever, rather gripping in places and somewhat terrifying in others, I just wanted to crack it out before playing the game, in case the game spoiled the book for me, but I think it will be a certain re-read for me over time and a bit of a favourite.
It has a touch of the Gateway feel about it. The world's gone and that which made it under Moscow after the end carry on not dissimilarly to how they did before, just on a much smaller scale, while above, things
dwell, though it's all quite matter-of-fact. I love Frederick Pohl's Gateway series and there's a good write-up on the first book here:http://io9.com/5659500/gateway-by-frede ... go-winners
There's a book which rips your heart and guts out, I love it like few others.
Prior to this I was on the Ice and Fire series, which pwned from start to finish with a few lulls along the way which will improve with the re-reading. I'm sure to do before the next volume comes out. Plenty of time then. I segued into McCarthy's 'The Road' halfway through, which is the opposite end of the post-apocalypse from Metro 2033, a truly nasty and somewhat unnecessary environment for even a fictional character to be placed in. The death of a world in almost pornographic slow-mo. You've got to read it though, and it's mercifully short.
I think I also slipped Clarke's "Childhood's End" in there, another brisk read, and one of the better sci-fi books ever.
As you can see, I like sci-fi and a very small amount of fantasy, on account of reality doesn't require reading about.
We should all get together on here:http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5572 ... rnmentyard