Re: Please help an ill newbie find something good! :-)
Quite well soon!
As for book recomendations, I'm putting in another vote for Vanguard. Each book in the series so far is made of pure awesomesauce. Then the DS9 Relaunch, which is almost as awesome.
Over the course of many encounters and many years, I have successfully developed a standard operating procedure for dealing with big, nasty monsters. Run away. Me and Monty Python.
Harry Dresden - Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6)