Oh man - have I neglected to post about the George R. R. Martin series I've been wrapped up in? A Song of Ice and Fire is insanely engrossing. It's a sprawling series - mostly about war and power and family but with some fantasy elements tossed in. I'm currently listening to the fourth in the series - A Feast for Crows. The stories are sometimes unberabley violent and cruel, but I love how none of the characters are one-sided. There's no good and evil (well maybe a bit of evil here and there). The characters are multi-faceted and interesting and the tale has yet to get predictable.