I'd heard about Tobias Buckell when he showed up on Dead Robots Society to do a podcast episode, and from the interview he sounded like exactly the kind of creative little monkey that makes stuff I like reading about. He'd mentioned a couple of his books, but the one that stuck out in my mind was "Ragamuffin".
As a result, that was the first I ended up snagging after I got my Kindle online.
It turns out that this is book two in a series that has 3 entries so far ("Crystal Rain" being the first, and "Sly Mongoose" being third) which means I've once again been introduced to a universe in the middle of the story. But the way the book is structured, you're eased into the history of the universe while being started off with some pretty brutal action in the story. I also really enjoyed the pace of the story and found it to be pretty well crafted overall.
I'd highly recommend this book, and have already snagged the other two in the series.