I read all kinds of books (one of my friends jokes that I will read anything that holds still long enough), but sci fi/fantasy is my favorite. I also love books on anthropology and archaeology and other sciences.
I found this book to be exceptionally well paced. It's been a while since I read a book I could hardly put down. I will warn that this book is nnot for the squeamish and caution those who are reading it to not get too attached to characters.