The first new book I've purchased in a long time is a great one. Kindred was my introduction to the literary genre goodness that was Octavia Butler.
Since then I've read almost all of her novels, excluding four of the five Patternist books which I am working on right now. Most of Butler's work is extraordinary. Parable of the Sower / Talents, and Fledgling raise the bar of the genre.
The Xenogenesis trilogy is also worth noting.
Kindred will now find a place of honor on my bookshelf. Hopefully it will be joined by its sister novels.