Reading progress update: I've read 17 out of 100 percent.

Great North Road - Peter F. Hamilton

Really loving this so far - it's a great classic-type detective story set in the future with some fascinating techno sci-fi type advances. Weird because I feel like I've read so many books lately that have had technological advances (mainly some sort of 'wiring in' of all humankind) be total 1984 big-brotherish and evil.  So far in this story, that type of connection is a tool, but doesn't have that pervasive 'big brother' vibe.  Of course, there's a lot of story to read yet ...