May is a good month for genre blends. I can personally recommend The Book of Phoenix, Okorafor’s marvelous follow-up to Who Fears Death. I’ll also draw your attention to Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife at the end of the month, an absolutely terrific blend of action-oacked thriller and plausible near-future SF.  As usual, I have listed the genres in the order that they seem to be most prominent in the blend. What are you looking forward to?



May 5

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Historical/Fantasy)
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris (Fantasy/Mystery)
The Dark Side of The Road: A country house murder mystery with a supernatural twist (An Ishmael Jones Mystery) by Simon R. Green (Mystery/Fantasy)
Unseemly Science (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 2) by Rod Duncan (SF/Fantasy/Historical/Mystery)
Midnight’s Kiss (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison (Romance/Fantasy)
Alien Separation (Alien Novels, Book 11) by Gini Koch (Romance/SF)
The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus Series Book Three of) by Michael J. Martinez (SF/Fantasy/Historical)
The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death) by Nnedi Okorafor (SF/Fantasy)


May 12

The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child (Thriller/Mystery/Horror)
Apex  (Nexus Arc Book 3) by Ramez Naam (SF/Thriller)
Born of Defiance (The League: Nemesis Rising) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Romance/Fantasy)


May 19

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson) by Darynda Jones (Fantasy/Romance/Mystery)
I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter (Thriller/Historical)


May 26

Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Romance/Historical)
Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden (Romance/Historical)
The Water Knife by Paulo Bacigalupi (SF/Thriller)

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