A buddy sent this link, and I found the "cutting through the marketing" angle VERY helpful -- as much as I know about bikes (which isn't a terrible lot), it's very easy to get lost in the adjectives, nicknames, slang, and other technical jargon. These articles were great in helping me better understand suspension options, as well as better understanding what makes my own suspension work!
Had to share with you cats...
Buyer's Guide to Mountain Bike Suspension, part 1: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/buyers-guide-to-mountain-bike-suspension-part-1-28367/
Buyer's Guide to Mountain Bike Suspension, part 2: