I've just finished one book and I'm in the middle of another. First, we have Spinward Fringe - Origins by Randolph Lalonde.
The military ends up offering them a choice; come test with us. If you win, we'll give you a ship. Lose and you go to jail for 2-10 years. Of course, they prevail and they get sent off to have ADVENTURES. There are no great revelations in these stories, but the stories flow nicely and the characters are interesting enough to keep your attention.
Best part? This is currently a free eBook both for Kindle and Nook. Another reason I'm glad I haven't made any personal blanket prohibition against picking up self-published books.
I'm currently about 1/2-way through The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
he's part of an event John Scalzi is doing at the New York Public Library along with Cat Valente and Scott Westerfeld, i thought I'd read his stuff before attending. I'm glad I picked this one up.
The book is described as Harry Potter for adults. That's probably a simplistic description, but I suppose it'll do. The writing is terrific and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I'm especially enjoying how the language tends to allude to the attitude the school wants to project -- that of a snooty English Public School -- and then jars you out of that regularly by reminding you that our protagonist is a Brooklyn boy, through and through.
I'd recommend both -- just on different days.