The Sci-Fi novel "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge is the book I chose for my Memorial Weekend Camping trip.
So far, I have read the prologue and the first half of the book. I am impressed, basically. I have never read a book from this author before (I do not believe so, at least) and find the ideas he is putting forward to be new, large, and of a different scope than what I was anticipating. It is written as the type of sci-fi that does not require some sort of science degree to understand some of the principles involved. I actually prefer this sort myself, due to my lack of said science degrees. lol ... not to say that I don't mind understanding more, looking things up, etc ... and trying to understand new principles, but I was camping ... had no internet, and just needed something to take me away from some of the more boring aspects of my camping day.
There is not alot of action, so sci-fi action junkies keep this in mind. The action sequences I have read so far are more "mind - action" than any real "explosion - types"