Still, I've just finished Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, which I've seen recommended in many places.
My first reaction is almost completely emotional - I really strongly dislike the ending. Really strongly. A lot. Gah !
I'll see what the rational side of me has to say once I've slept on it. Maybe I'll appreciate it more in the morning ...
Next book : Tooth and Claw , by papersky. Should be much more fun, and isn't a trilogy :)