My real-life book circle's 160th book was Hadji Murad, the last book Tolstoy ever wrote. Really, it should have been left in the drawer. Terrific story, though, especially as it's true.
At Shelf Inflicted, the group blog, I posted my kick-off review of Jay Lake's farewell tour...he's dying of cancer, and holding the Jay Wake which is his own pre-mortem funeral...with a review of Rocket Science. It was Lake's first novel, and it's darn funny, as well as exciting.