Drood by Dan Simmons
novel about Charles Dickens and murder and mayhem in Victorian England[/quote]
I have this on pre-order. I loved The Terror. I've read Simmons for years. He started out with horror fiction but I'm thinking he's found his niche with historicals, especially if he can work in some supernatural stuff.
I wonder if he's related to Robert Littell, who wrote excellent espionage fiction back in the 80's. I'm gonna check this one out.The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
massive in scope fictional memoir of a former Nazi officer; has won many awards and is a huge book in Europe.
I'll read anything he writes. Instance of the Fingerpost is a favorite.Stone's Fall by Iain Pears
turn of the century mystery; big book that looks like it could be good