most recent book i've finished? "The Pulse" by Stephen King :P
Was that also called Cell? That one was okay, not one of his best. I liked the idea behind it but it just turned into another silly-epic gore thing with a tender ending. I gave it away to a used bookstore. :)
I'm now reading a book called The Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman and it is a phenomenal book. I recommend it to anyone since it is such a fasinating story told through the eyes of seven different people. Although I would say it's for more mature audiences, just because some of the subject matter is rather... uh... adult.
I think I put that book on a to-read list once and then forgot about it... hm. I kind of get the feeling that I did actually start reading it and got horribly bored by it. All I remember is a girl writing somewhat mysteriously about her boyfriend or something. I couldn't get through her chapter. (If it's the book I'm thinking of.)
If you liked The Talisman you might like Eyes of the Dragon. Many people who don't like Stephen King books like that one, it's more of a kid's book... like how Clive Barker did the Thief of Always (a very nice book, I don't like his usual stuff). A lot of people also like Stephen King's short stories... a lot of those turn out to illustrate a single strange idea or do something a bit surreal, and aren't so much about shock value. Skeleton Crew is probably my favorite, but Nightmares and Dreamscapes was good too. :)
I just finished reading the last book in the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, The Amber Spyglass.
I thought the last book kind of fell apart too, and I got the sense that he built the thing up just to make the ending the way it was. There were any number of ways that would have been logical for that universe that would have made fewer people miserable. Maybe he doesn't like happy endings. :)
I'm currently reading The Cadfael Omnibus
(the second one)... it's a collection of 3 fiction novellas about a mystery-solving monk in the 1100s. It sounds silly, and it is a little, but it's also pretty well researched and is an entertaining look at medieval life. The main character isn't an annoying buttinski who gives himself liberties like a lot of mystery-solving characters either (Kat Scarpetta and every CSI show, I'm looking at you). It's a lot more fun to read than the usual airport-mystery crap.