By far my favorite technical author is Jeffrey Richter. The combination of clarity, depth and slight humor is simply unrivalled in the computer industry.
Several times I have done searches trying to find out when he would have a new book coming out. I have read his Applied .NET Framework cover to cover, and almost cover to cover again and I get jonesing for some updated Richter.
Tonight, I stroke gold.
Comes out February 22nd, baby! You better pre-order now, it is going to go faster than the Xbox 360!
Note to my wife although you usually stop reading when you encounter words like "programming", "computer", "xbox" and a string of more than 2 uppercase letters in a row: I know it isn't romantic, but this is what I would like for my anniversary gift