For my birthday, my wife got me The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. I’m only about seventy pages in, but it’s a fantastic book. It’s riddled with geeky sci fi/fantasy references that are a delight to read. I mean, it starts off with a quote from one of the greatest comic books of all time, for Pete’s sake.
(It’s also riddled with a lot of Spanish, most of which I have to puzzle through using context clues. None of that has spoiled the joy of the novel, however.)
Anyway, I’ve hardly started on it, but I highly recommend it. It’s one of those books that makes me want to be a better writer.