Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell

Odd, I can't find any entry here for Calvino's If On a Winter's Night a Traveller, a book that shares a certain structural similarity with Cloud Atlas. Calvino seemed more literary to me, whatever the hell that means, but I prefer Mitchell's book. It was fantastic--maybe it never got as good as the first hundred pages of Calvino's novel, but it was consistently better than the last hundred.