Earlier this year, I was invited to be a technical reviewer for Packt Publishing. They recently published the first book I reviewed for them, Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform.
Many of the patterns books I've read have been pretty dry and sterile. Not this one! The authors really make the content come alive with practical examples and realistic use cases. They also cover several emerging technologies such as Azure, Workflow Foundation 4.5, and Multi-master Sync.
If you're in a position where you have to make enterprise-level architectural decisions - or if you want to be in that position - this book is a must-have. In most of the chapters, the authors present common use cases and then discuss several different Microsoft technologies and how they can be used to address the situation. Each technology is weighed by their pros and cons and then graded based on several criteria. The technology that would best work is then employed and sample code is given. It's very instructive to witness the decision-making process in this way.
I definitely recommend this book. It's well-written, concise, and insightful.
Packt Publishing has a plethora of wonderful technical books in their inventory. They also sell their publications as eBooks in several different formats which I definitely appreciate (I read so much more now that I have a Microsoft Surface and can store all of my books in one, convenient place).