This collection of short stories was written by another friend of mine and fellow Clarionite, Karin Tidbeck. The book is in Swedish so I can't read it, but I can tell you her stories in English are at once eerie and gorgeous.
I haven't read The Stories of Ibis yet. It's on my reading list, obviously. I bought this book in San Diego. I remember looking down at a stand of books and there it was and I had to have it. Apparently, it's about robots.
Grace Kilonavich's debut novel was on my Top 10 Favorite Books of 2010 for good reason, and this awesome cover is icing on the wacked-out psychedelic cake.
I've read the first three Culture books by Iain M. Banks. I still can't get into it. I think Banks' stories are a fun, fast read, but I think he wants me to get more out of the reading than I do.