May Books include far-future detective novels, zombie-fighting bloggers, and alien linguisticsKelly Faircloth5/09/11 8:00pmFiled to: Hot bookshelf injectionBooksTopChina MievilleJohn ScalziTrue BloodCharlaine HarrisThe quantum thiefGenevieve valentineMira grant401EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkMay is a blockbuster month for books, with new releases from China Miéville, John Scalzi and Charlaine Harris, plus Gilded-Age witchcraft and zombie-fighting bloggers. The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor)There's a been a lot of buzz for The Quantum Thief, and you can read our review here. The plot is intricate and the setting is post-human, but it's basically a far-future detective novel. Hannu Rajaniemi has built a world where human interaction revolves around privacy and time is literally money, then dropped a slightly superpowered thief and an enigmatic ninja into the mix.Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine (Prime)Mechanique is a genre-bending mash-up that mixes fantastical and science fictional elements. The circus ringleader, Boss, entices performers to Circus Tresaulti by transforming them into part-mechanical post-humans. His talents attract the attention of a government man, who wants the Boss's abilities for his own, nefarious powers. It's a magical, post-apocalyptic, beautifully weird book. Check out io9's review here.