I order the novels below according to my preference - better ones near the top. My rating follows the story title (in brackets).
- Michael Flynn's "Eifelheim" (B); download: When aliens visited a German village - in fourteenth century!
- [winner] Vernor Vinge's "Rainbows End" (B); download: Three quarters a computer/internet utopia description; rest is mostly a cheap spy thriller.
- Peter Watts' "Blindsight" (C); download: How do you handle first contact with aliens? You hit them, because they may be hostile!
- Naomi Novik's "His Majesty's Dragon"; download: not read.
- Charles Stross' "Glasshouse": not read.