i have been reading Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel's Legacy" series since February - 6 giant books, all told over 5000 pages. I am almost to the end of the 5th book. It appeals to the same part of my readerpersonality that enjoys Anne Rice books. She definitely knows how to keep you turning the pages. In addition to just being good escapism and pure reading enjoyment, it is one of the most interesting "alternate history" scenarios I have encountered - a Medieval France whose nobility are the descendents of "Elua," a deity who was the son of Jesus and Mary. Christians are the stubborn hebrew minority who maintain their traditions no matter what country they live in. Rome is ruled by a senate, as there is no pope, of course. lots of other interesting minor and major variations from "actual" medieval european history. really fun to read.
elsewise i have been reading a lot of periodicals and non fiction. i will post more about that later.