Reading Scar Night, by Alan Campbell. Why? For the sheer hope that it will get better..though he's already 275 pages into it.

His favorite authors--Iain Banks; PD James; Christopher Brookmyre, who, he said, feeds hundreds ideas into his books when other authors might be content at dealing with just one; and David Gemmell, who has, sadly just died, before he finished the third book in his Troy trilogy.