The Watchmen movie is coming out in March next year so when I saw this on the shelf in LA this past weekend I had to pick it up. I finished it yesterday and it definitely deserves all of the accolades it has gotten. I am very much looking forward to the movie.
Without revealing anything about the plot I can tell you that the story is very rich. It provides details on all the major characters in a way that I have not seen done in many novels. I also found the story stimulating on political, social, and emotional levels.
If I could sum up the novel in 1 sentence I would say,
"It humanizes superheroes"
I fully recommend it to the comic book reader and the non comicbook reader alike.