@gbaji: have you tried Eye of cat by Zelazny yet? It's a fairly similar setup as Lord of light, but with a focus on Native American mythology. A very visual book, very dark.
No, I haven't. I guess I'll have to pick that up now. Sheesh!) ;)
The Amber series are great fun, but due to Zelazny's untimely death also frustratingly unfinished :( And the prequels by an other writer are pretty bad.
I honestly didn't realize he'd continued it past the first five.
Just thought of another author. Iain Banks. I read a book by him called "Player of Games" ages ago, and found it interesting. Good story, but also had a future society that was interesting ("The Culture"). He's got a whole mess of books that deal with and around that same future society, in a variety of ways. It's different in that the central theme is that of a super advanced galaxy spanning civilization dealing with less advanced civilizations. The stories focus often on single individuals who are either part of, or represent The Culture, having to resolve some problem. Usually without revealing just how ridiculously more advanced their own technology is to the folks they're interacting with. It's really more about overcoming social/cultural differences than technological though.