For years now I’ve been a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. A year or so ago I discovered a fantastic book that Terry Pratchett co-wrote with another author, Neil Gaiman. That book was "Good Omens" and was one of the best books I’d read in years.
I guess "Good Omens" was a bit of a gateway book that gave me a bit of a taste for Gaiman but somehow softened by Pratchett’s familiar themes. A few months ago I picked up Gaiman’s "American Gods" and, well, now I’m hooked. To push the lame drug metaphoralizing even further it seems that Gaiman and his peeps know the value of a free sample and have made "American Gods" available for free online till the end of the month (I think).
I’d also like to give a plug to Gaiman’s blog which he updates pretty much daily with stuff that is actually interesting to read!