I fairly randomly decided to pick up R. Scott Bakker's Neuropath.
A few points.
1. It was written by R. Scott Bakker.
2. Point the first is easily forgotten until page 26.
3. Do not forget that this was written by R. Scott Bakker.
All of the review snippets on the book jacket basically say things along the lines of "this book deeply disturbed me" and "forced me to accept uncomfortable truths." They weren't kidding. Having remembered that this was written by R. Scott Bakker, I'm getting about exactly what I expected out of it.