Measuring the World. Daniel Kehlmann. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway.
The Terror. Dan Simmons.
After Hyperion and the sequels I wasn't very interested in reading any more Simmons; reading a couple of his short stories didn't do a lot to change this (rather, it solidified the opinion). It's hardly a spoiler to share the fact that the Shrike plays a major role in The Terror but it otherwise bears little resemblance to Hyperion et al. radix is harassing me to go to dinner now or I'd say more.