I was thinking of checking out A Song of Fire and Ice and The Kite Runner. Heard nothing but great things about them. I mainly read fantasy and science fiction as well but I am willing to delve into other genres as along as it is not romance.
I would recommend:
The Hunger Games(trilogy) by Suzanne Collins- very well written and the characters are very well developed especially the main character, Katniss. I would not call it light reading(despite being aimed at teens) mainly because the violence be quite brutal and it deals with mature subject matter. There is a reason this series is popular with adults. The third book, Mockingjay, comes out in August.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher- well written and with a pretty intriguing fantasy setting, just be warned that the book starts a little slow since the male and female protagonists(Finn and Claudia, respectively) do not meet each other until over 1/4 of the way through the book (if I remember correctly)
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld- very good book and with a unique twist in that the male protagonist wants to avoid war at all cost while the female protagonist is exciting about fighting in a war. Just be warned that the concept is a little wierd. It is an alternate history of World War I( not II) where Austria Hungary uses steam powered mechs and the British(or was it Germans?) use fabricated animals. Not for someone who is a fan of historical accuracy.
Definately get into A Song of Ice and Fire. It's really amazing, well written, very dark (everyone is a shade of grey, no good/bad), with some stand out moments. Kite Runner is very emotional, a brilliant read.
Never heard of the 3 you mentioned, so I'll be taking a look next time I'm in a book store. We seem to have similarish tastes so I look forward to reading them. Thanks for recommendations!