American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The old gods didn’t die, they just moved to America, like other peoples of ‘old europe’.
Ilium/Olympos by Dan Simmons
A great duo of books. A Homeric scholar, resurrected by the Greek gods, acts as a sort of war correspondent, keeping an eye on the action during the siege of Troy, and comparing what happends with what Homer said would happen. Meanwhile, sentient robots on the moons of Jupiter notice some wierd activity on the surface of Mars. Yeah, that might sound odd, but this is a great duo.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Modern fantasy set in a city not entirely unlike medieval Venice. A great read.
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Warped, wierd and wonderful, Perdido takes you into the city of New Crobuzon, a Victorianesque steampunk monstrosity of a city.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Bryson gives the cloest thing you’ll find here to a comprehensive collection of assembled scientific knowledge. A great read.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
This series proves that you can still do something interesting with the fantasy genre, but more important it is fantastic reading in its own right. If you haven’t already discovered this, pick up A Game of Thrones and let your journey begin.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Any author who can call their hero Hiro Protagonist – and pull it off deserves all the plaudits there are to be given. Snow Crash is an seriously cool novel.