Which of course got me going on my own list. Three immediately came to mind, and even after perusing my booklog I couldn't improve on them:
- The Last Hot Time, John M. Ford (booklog). Beautiful, evocative, compact urban fantasy about growing up and love and power and magic; an adult version of the Borderlands books.
- The Apocalypse Door, James D. Macdonald (booklog). Fast-paced fun fantasy thriller featuring Peter Crossman, Knight of the Temple, and Sister Mary Magdalene of the Special Action Executive of the Poor Clares.
- Point of Honour and Petty Treason, Madeline E. Robins (booklog). Austen noir, with all that such a juxtaposition implies.
I don't get the impression that any of these is really widely known, and indeed the novels by Robins sold badly enough in mass market paperback that I understand the author will be publishing under a different name in the future. If forced to pick just one, I would say The Last Hot Time; but I think all three would be well-loved by the people who like those kinds of things if they knew about them. (And, happily, all are currently in print.)
What about you? What little-read books of the last ten years do you want to bring to the world's attention?