Going to resurrect this topic - again - and mention an author that was briefly mentioned way back when this thread was fresh. Hope no one minds. But discussion is great, yeah?
I have just read the first three books of the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch, and will say that if any one is looking for a new fantasy author then you won't go far wrong picking this series up. It's set in a very rough medieval style city and follows the exploits of a bunch of thieves.
The first book is absolutely fantastic, and whilst the second and third weren't quite as good they were still enjoyable. Lynch really likes his dramatic pauses, and he has an unusual writing style of including earlier stories within the main story. Once you get used to that it's a nice way to explore characters.
The fourth book is named as The Thorn Of Emberlain, but no idea when it'll be along.
In other matters literary, Assassin's Fate finally turns up in about two weeks. Can't wait.