Last month was a bit hectic for me, what with a trip to Togo which left me cut off from the internet for two weeks and a lot going on outside of my blogging. Nevertheless I was able to get enough reading done before I left to have some reviews up for you in the time I was gone. But my trip also meant a lack of opportunity to read... so I have a bit of catching up to do. Much like April, May is a month full of great SFF releases, including the new China Miéville, the conclusion to Stephen Deas' A Memory of Flames and Adam Nevill's latest horror scare to name but a few. You will find these titles amongst those in the list below as well as one or two books I will be catching up on from April. And, as always, this list is subject to change with both additions and subtractions possible.

Theories of Flight, Simon Morden (Orbit)

The first of Simon Morden's Metrozone Books, Equations of Life, was a wild bit of cyberpunk fun with a fair amount of heart and upon completing that first volume, I was anxious to begin the second, Theories of Flight. This second outing is just as exciting and downright entertaining as the first and is one you too should consider putting on your To-read lists (after checking the first book out first, of course) review to follow shortly.


The Ritual, Adam Nevill (Pan)


I am actually stuck in Adam Nevill's The Ritual as we speak. I can safely attest that this latest from the author of the chilling Apartment 16 will bring new scares in plentiful quantity - and I'm barely past the halfway mark. This tale of four old college friends lost out in the Swedish wilderness is both thrilling and entrancing - it scares you and you keep coming back for more. Already in Apartment 16 Nevill had demonstrated a keen attention to detail and displayed an eerie talent at spooking readers, and really, what more could you ask from a horror writer? Definitely put this one on your lists...


Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz)


Rivers of London, the first of the Peter Grant novels, was a complete surprise for me. Going in not expecting much, I was taken aback by the quality of Aaronovitch's first original novel and at how much Peter Grant and his companions managed to keep me entertained. Now, he's back for more adventures in Moon Over Soho. Adorned with just as beautiful a cover (in the UK) as its predecessor, Moon Over Soho picks up Peter's story and The Folly's as they get ready to face new mysteries and new perils. Because of how much I liked the first, this is a book I am very much looking forward to but have relatively little expectations for. I guess I'll just see what happens when I get to it.


Embassytown, China Miéville (Tor UK/Macmillan)


China Miéville, in recent years, has risen to become one of the most looked out for names in the genre as well as one of the most praised. Three time recipient of the Arthur C. Clarke award and numerous others, Miéville's Embassytown comes out a year after the roaring success that was his previous book, Kraken. Embassytown represents his first real foray into classical science fiction, with aliens, spaceships, colonization, etc. but having read some of his books, I can assure you that there will be many a Miévillian twist hidden in there. Needless to say, this is one of the year's most anticipated titles across the board, and mine apart, you will most likely seeing piles of reviews concerning Embassytown all over the place. But I think it will be worth the hype and attention.

The Order of the Scales, Stephen Deas (Gollancz)


Stephen Deas' A Memory of Flames trilogy, with the first two volumes - The Adamantine Palace and The King of the Crags - already released, has become one of my favorite ongoing series, and its final installment, The Order of the Scales, one of my most anticipated titles of the season. Where things were left off at the end of The King of the Crags leaves plenty of room for very interesting things to develop as the tensions mount - politically - between the nobles of the Dragon Realms and - action-wise - between the rogue dragon and its pursuers. Deas does dragons like none other these day and I am glad for it. I relish the opportunity to plunge into this world again.


Degrees of Freedom, Simon Morden (Orbit)

Degrees of Freedom is the last of the initial trilogy of Metrozone books after Theories of Flight I talked about above. I'm only a short distance into this one, but already it is looking quite similar to the other two novels - I can't tell yet whether that will be a good thing or a bad thing. I think I said most of what I wanted to say about these books above, so just sit tight and wait for my review which should come along in the next couple of weeks.