Should check out the M. John Harrison and Kelly Link books. Political works tend to be too dry for me to read.
If you worked in a bookshop, which books would be on your staff picks shelf?
Kelly Link's Stranger Things Happen. Also, Anticapitalism: A Field Guide to the Global Justice Movement, edited by Emma Bircham (she's my partner, so this obviously looks like nepotism, but I honestly think it's a completely invaluable book about the post-Seattle social movements). M. John Harrison's new science fiction opus, Light.
From an interview with China Miéville.