Thanks Roy! I don't remember that thread at all.
But going through it, I saw you mentioned "Bel Canto" by Anne Patchett and "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. I read them both a while ago, and loved them both. "Bel Canto" was beautiful, in my opinion, and I've had a number of friends/co-workers borrow it.
Also, I've heard rumors that "Life of Pi" is going to be made into a movie. I say good luck with that tiger!