We've just done The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Never in a million years would I have picked this up but it was fascinating and I've since recommended it to loads of friends. My DH really enjoyed it too.
Cote, I started Netherland and couldn't get past the description very early in of his wife vomiting with fright at the noise of a motorbike in the street below. Srsly? Vomiting with fright? (Awaits hoardes of people recounting the times they have done this very thing...)
I don't remember that description, MaKettle. A bit of hyperbole in an otherwise interesting book wouldn't have put me off, tbh.
It depends on what you like, I guess. I am not a fan of "feeeelingggs" type of girly books, but enjoy a more analytical style. This guy's observations about stuff around him (especially re car parks, iirc) reminded me of J G Ballard's style. It wasn't the story that hooked me, in other words, but the "voice" of the narrator.