Couldn't get this book for a long time. Enjoying it very much, thanks to Kindle.
The Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy - Robert Anton Wilson
A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin
In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way - Marcel Proust
Angels in America - Tony Kushner
The Citadel of the Autarch - Gene Wolfe
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
As well as a few miscellaneous physics, psychology and programming books.
I can heartily recommend The Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy and also The Illuminatus! Trilogy (likewise written by Robert Anton Wilson along with Robert Shea) which I just finished reading. It's a bit like taking a mind bending, twisting and expanding hallucinogen while chatting to a conspiracy theorist and listening to heavy metal. With a healthy dose of satire and humour thrown in.
I'm still trying to convince friends as to why they should pick up Illuminatus! trilogy and I think you've summed it up nicely!
≈ Martin's Dance with Dragons, 120 pages in;
≈ Hobb's The Golden Fool, 250 pages in;
≈ Scalzi's The Last Colony, 2/3 through;
≈ Asimov's Caves of Steel, no idea where I am there.
Hobb's book is... decent. Readable, but not much more.
To say that everything else is mediocre so far is a kindness.
I have to say that Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades, the book that comes before The Last Colony (Old Man's War Trilogy) was to me an excellent read. Recommendable to everyone who likes some depth to SF.
This book seems to be the dropping point of the series. I enjoyed the previous books a lot.