Old Man's War
Science fiction (reread)
I reread this as a palate cleanser from Up and Coming. Even allowing for the fact that Old Man's War is the kind of thing I like, the difference is striking. This was Scalzi's first novel, and he self-published it--and yet, from page 1, it has the I-want-to-know-what-happens-next factor that's largely absent from Up and Coming.
Other than that, my reactions are well summarized by this and this.