Anybody (especially Brian) know anything about Altered Carbon and the rest of that series by Richard Morgan? It sounds interesting to me, and while it's filed in "science fiction" it sounds almost like a suspense/thriller story with sci-fi elements.
Right now I'm about halfway through another go at Lord of the Rings and enjoying it enormously, more than ever. This is my first time reading the books since seeing the movies.
I read Altered Carbon ... quite a while ago. Seem to remember finishing it (which I don't do if I don't like a book enuf) and enjoying it. Struck me as very much a detective novel in sci-fi garb. If that's your thing, its worth a look.