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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spotlight on May Books

This month we are featuring 36 books. There are probably twice as many new sff and related releases this month in traditional publishing not to speak of the countless indies from Amazon and Smashwords but we are limiting ourselves to books that will be reviewed here or are similar with such. For the full schedule of May 2011 titles known to us, you can consult the Upcoming Releases page.

The release dates are US unless marked otherwise, though for books released in the UK and US in the same month but on different dates we use the earliest date without comment and they are first edition unless noted differently. The dates are on a best known basis so they are not guaranteed; same about the edition information. Since information sometimes is out of date even in the Amazon/Book Depository links we use for listings, books get delayed or sometimes even released earlier, we would truly appreciate if you would send us an email about any listing with incorrect information.

Sometimes a cover image is not available at the time of the post and also sometimes covers change unexpectedly so while we generally use the Amazon one when available and cross check with Google Images, the ultimate bookstore cover may be different.

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The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists & Strange Literature by Jeff VanderMeer. May 1, 2011. Abrams. (MISC)
"The Door to Lost Pages" by Claude Lalumiere. May 3, 2011. Chiz-Zine. (FAN)
Extremis by Steve White & Charles E. Gannon. May 3, 2011. Baen. (SF).
Hounded by Kevin Hearne. May 3, 2011. Del Rey. (UF).
“Throne of Fire” by Rick Riordan. May 3, 2011. Hyperion. (MG).
The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes. UK May 5, 2011. Angry Robot. (UF).

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Vampire Warlords by Andy Remic. UK May 5, 2011. Angry Robot. (FAN).
Dark Mist Rising by Anna Kendall. UK May 5, 2011. Gollancz. (YA).
The Deserter by Peadar O'Guilin. UK May 5, 2011. David Fickling Books. (YA).
The Ritual by Adam Nevill. UK May 6, 2011. Pan Macmillan. (HF).
Stonewielderby Ian C. Esslemont. May 10, 2011. Tor. (FAN / US Debut).
The Chaos Crystal by Jennifer Fallon. May 10, 2011. Tor. (FAN / US Debut).

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Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine. May 10, 2011. Prime Books. (STPK).
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. May 10, 2011. Tor. (SF / US Debut).
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. May 10, 2011. Feiwel & Friends. (YA).
Hell's Bells by John Connolly. UK May 12, 2011. Hodder & Stoughton. (YA).
A Girl Called Tennyson by Joan Givner. May 15, 2011. Thistledown Press. (MG).
Embassytown by China Mieville. May 17, 2011. Del Rey. (SF).

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Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction & Fantasy ed. Jonathan Strahan. May 17, 2011. Night Shade Books. (ANTHO).
The Dark City by Catherine Fisher. May 17, 2011. Dial. (YA / US Debut).
The Order of the Scales by Stephen Deas. UK May 19, 2011. Gollancz. (FAN).
Savage City by Sophia McDougall. UK May 19, 2011. Gollancz. (AH).
City of Ruinsby Kristine Kathryn Rusch. May 24, 2011. Pyr. (SF).
The Falling Machine by Andrew P. Mayer. May 24, 2011. Pyr. (STPK).

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The Warlockby Michael Scott. May 24, 2011. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. (YA).
Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton. May 24, 2011. Random House Books for Young Readers. (YA).
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. May 24, 2011. Harlequin. (YA / STPK).
The Necklace of the Gods by Alison Goodman. UK May 26, 2011. Bantam UK. (FAN).
Dead of Veridon by Tim Akers. May 31, 2011. Solaris. (STPK).
Degrees of Freedom by Simon Morden. May 31, 2011. Orbit. (SF).

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Timecaster by Joe Kimball. May 31, 2011. Ace. (SF).
The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter by Brent Hayward. May 31, 2011. ChiZine (FAN).
Centuries of June by Keith Donohue.May 31, 2011. Crown. (MISC).
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. May 31, 2011. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. (YA).
The Five by Robert McCammon. May 31, 2011. Subterranean Press. (MISC).
The Fly-By-Nights by Brian Lumley. May 31, 2011. Subterranean Press. (HF).

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