Let it be known that the first 20 pages of Patrick Rothfuss's Name of the Wind completely and utterly blows out of the water the first 200 pages of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space.
Name of the Wind: engaging, good dialogue, good characterization, humor, the promise of more. and this is just in 20 pages. but it does have that embarrassing cover art.
Revelation Space: clunky prose, awkward dialogue, bad attempts at humor and sarcasm, lazy characterization, and no payoff thus far. but it does have classy SF 2010-esque cover art.
the question is, which book will I finish first?