I'm about halfway through, haven't encountered her too much thus far. I think most of the characters are very well done and interesting. I also think the prose itself is often outstanding and beautiful, the book is just probably a hundred or two hundred pages too long.
For anyone who's looking for some solid sci-fi, the first two books in The Culture series (Ian Banks) are on sale right now for 3 dollars each (digitally through Amazon if you have a kindle). Each of the books are stand alone stories set in the same universe so it shows you The Culture from all kinds of viewpoints. One of the books, for example, centers on the Minds (super advanced AIs that are basically living starships, planets, and orbital habitat rings; they control a lot of the Culture) as protagonists and it's about how they react to the barbaric acts of humans and other biological species. I've been branching out more into space operas lately (I'm reading Hyperion at the moment and bought the first couple of Expanse books for my backlog), and I regularly see The Culture rated high (books two and three especially; I hear book one is a rough start though and some recommend skipping it entirely since these are all stand alone stores).
I recently bought Blood Meridian so I'm super excited to read some McCarthy. I always see a lot of his works recommended so I've kind of built up an underlying hype in my mind about him over the years, though I've put off getting into him.
I've heard a lot about the Broken Earth books too, though I haven't really looked into them much since I'm already buried by my backlog. I'll give them a solid look anyways though.
I read the first book for First Law and wasn't a huge fan. It felt like it dragged and the story was kind of bare IMO (though the author definitely knows how to write action scenes). I loved Glotka and Jezal (my favorite character), though wasn't a huge fan of Logan and found him kind of boring/typical. Maybe I'll read the rest of the trilogy eventually but the first didn't really hook me and I found myself forcing through to the end just because I don't like leaving books unfinished. Did the plot pick up at all in the last two?
Late to the party, but I recently read 'The Oracle Year' by Charles Soule.
It was surprisingly good.
"Destiny sees things as they are, not as we would wish them to be.
He knows there are no stories, only the illusion of stories.
Threads and patterns that appear in the pages of existence, and are given meaning by the observer.
Destiny observes worlds and molecules like motes of dust hanging in a sunbeam.
Every movement, every moment inevitable.
Destiny walks his Garden, a place of forks and paths which combine and part, seeing only what is.
He is surprised by nothing.
There is nothing that can surprise him, nothing that was not already written in his Book."
Just finished Michael Bisping Autobiography last week. I always have 3 books on the go at once, still reading Ulysses (it's long), looking for a new biography, almost finished the complete rice Burroughs on kindle.