I'm currently re-reading George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" (and the rest of the series) thanks to the HBO mini-series and the phenomenal good news that the next book in the series is finished
and will be on bookstore shelves in July of this year! Hooray!
I'm also reading "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky and "The Great Influenza" by John Barry. I like non-fiction to balance out my fiction as much as I used to like chocolate to balance out my salty potato chips.
I do like SF, Chubbykins, so I'm going to check out those Dan Simmons novels; thanks for the tip!