At the library on Saturday I found three books to check out: Seeker by Jack McDevitt and Glasshouse by Charlie Stross. Seeker was OK, but Glasshouse was a really great book -- a real home run.
When I picked up Seeker, I couldn't tell if I'd read it before or not. In fact, I had to read 50 or 100 pages to be sure. It's very much like Polaris, his previous book about the same characters. It's a kind of scifi archeaology story -- I'm a sucker for that stuff. I enjoyed it and I'm glad I read it, but it was a bit forgettable.
Glasshouse is set in the Accelerando universe, but doesn't depend of having read any of that stuff before. I found it gripping -- almost impossible to put down. Very clever and well crafted. And then it all comes together on page 317 -- one of the funniest pages I've ever read. I wished I could share it someone, but you need to know too much to appreciate the humor. Really good. Go out and read this book.