New Science Fiction & Fantasy novels for May

This month’s selection includes the new Stephen King novel, The wind through the keyhole — a stand alone novel that serves as an introduction to his Dark Tower series. Also included — the latest mind twister from A. Lee Martinez.

Syndetics book coverDebris / Jo Anderton.
“Elite architect Tanyana manipulates particles called pions, creating beautiful monuments. After a mysterious accident injures her head, she wakes up unable to see pions but cursed with the ability to see the titular debris, the dangerous offshoot of pion work. Forcibly converted into a cyborg debris collector, she finds herself working with a team of fellow outcasts. The most notable is Lad, a brain-damaged strongman who hears voices that may not be imaginary. As Tanyana adapts to her new way of life and lowered social status, she attempts to persuade anyone, her new team, her upper-class lover, assorted bureaucrats, that the accident was sabotage.”(adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNaamah’s blessing / Jacqueline Carey.
“Returning to Terre d’Ange, Moirin finds the royal family broken. Wracked by unrelenting grief at the loss of his wife, Queen Jehanne, King Daniel is unable to rule. As tensions mount, King Daniel asks Moirin to become three-year-old Desiree’s oath-sworn protector.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDead harvest / Chris F. Holm.
“As a collector of souls, Sam Thornton wanders the world, ensuring that the damned reach their intended destination. When he is ordered to “collect” the soul of a 16-year-old girl found guilty of brutally murdering her family, Sam believes the girl might be innocent. But refusing an order from his superiors is not an option. Soon Sam and Kate, his charge, are on the run, and the mystery of why certain powers want to claim her soul grows deeper and more dangerous with each step.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe wind through the keyhole / Stephen King. The Wind Through the Keyhole
“This is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the Dark Tower series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.” (adapted from

Syndetics book coverMouse & dragon : a new Liaden Universe novel / Sharon Lee & Steve Miller.
“Aelliana Caylon has endured much, and finally, she appears to have won all: a spaceship, comrades, friends and the love of a pilot she adores. Even better that her lover, the man who was destined for her, a man as much a loner as she, is also the Delm of Korval, arguably the most powerful person on all of Liad. He has the power to remove her and protect her from the toxic environment of her home Clan. Best of all, he agrees to sit as her co-pilot and her partner in a courier business. Unfortunately Aelliana’’s home clan are not being agreeable to letting her go as it had first seemed and the fact that someone is stealing pilots in the Low Port, which falls within the Delm of Korval’s honour.” (adapted from

Syndetics book coverIntrusion / Ken MacLeod.
“Imagine a near-future city, say London, where medical science has advanced beyond our own and a single-dose pill has been developed that, taken when pregnant, eradicates many common genetic defects from an unborn child. Hope Morrison, mother of a hyperactive four-year-old, is expecting her second child. She refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known. This divides her family and friends and puts her and her husband in danger of imprisonment or worse. Is her decision a private matter of individual choice, or is it tantamount to willful neglect of her unborn child?” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEmperor Mollusk versus the sinister brain / A. Lee Martinez.
“Once he was Warlord of the Earth, Conqueror of Other Worlds, and other titles too numerous to mention. Bored with the conquest routine, Emperor Mollusk has retired to live a “normal” life. But other forces in the universe have different ideas. Before long, Mollusk finds himself embroiled in a battle to stop a multitude of assassins sent after him and to prevent super villain, The Sinister Brain from unleashing a rule of terror on an unsuspecting world.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe demi-monde : winter / Rod Rees.
“A computer simulation intended to train soldiers for the unique conditions of urban warfare, the Demi-Monde is a miniworld in a state of constant civil war, its various sectors ruled by “Dupes,” personalities drawn from the most nefarious names in world history. When the U.S. President’s daughter, Norma Williams, becomes trapped in the Demi-Monde, a young jazz singer named Ella Thomas accepts the assignment to enter the computer-generated world to rescue her. But when Ella stumbles upon a plot to merge the real world with the Demi-Monde, her mission suddenly expands from a simple retrieval to the survival of the real world.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWWW : wonder / Robert J. Sawyer.
“The conclusion of this trilogy. Webmind, the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web-has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter, the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with Webmind, wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn’t act, everything-Webmind included-may come crashing down.”A writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation” (adpated from

Syndetics book coverRage of the dragon / Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.Rage of the Dragon
“Skylan Ivorson holds the position of clan chief according to the will of the gods. But a pantheon of new deities rises to challenge the old gods’ power. As the Gods of the New Dawn rouse their armies, Skylan seeks aid from his former enemies to recover the Five Bones of the Vektia Dragon and thus save his world from disaster. This is the third series installment (after Bones of the Dragon and Secret of the Dragon)”. (adapted from Syndetics summary)