I have just finished reading River of the World, desperance's book which is coming out in April. So I guess I have to count it as a 2006 book.
I should have saved the last page for tomorrow.
I'm not sure if this is the conclusion of the story, or if there's more--it comes to a satisfying hesitation point, anyway. But man, this is a heck of a book. I mean, first off there's Chaz's prose, which is lucent, measured, occasionally breath-taking. His sense of characterization is like a high-wire artist's sense of balance--sure and agile, eloquent, to all appearances utterly fearless. And his plotting is completely ruthlessless.
This is the good stuff.