I'm not a great literary critic by any means, but I'll try and give my thoughts.
Recently Finished: Tanya Huff's "A Confederation of Valor" (compilation of "Valor's Choice" and "The Better Part of Valor" - Military SF that's fun and has a lot of action, while not trivialising or glorifying war (which is not an easy balance to pull off). The primary protagonist, Torin Kerr, is tough in a likeable way, although I do wish the suppourting cast hadn't been shunted off in book 2.
Currently Reading: Kirsten Cashore's "Graceling" - Fantasy. I'm about a third of the way through this, and really liking this. The main character, Katsa, is "Graced" with combat skills and serves as the king's enforcer, but she has a conscience and doesn't want to just be his thug. I'm really liking her character, and her development so far. Crowning Moment of Awesome at the end of Part 1, when