Slaughterhouse-Five

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Author:  Kurt Vonnegut

Title:  Slaughterhouse-Five

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: 1963

Number of Pages: 205

Geographical Setting: Dresden, Germany, United States

Time Period: 1940s-1970s

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:  After being abducted by aliens from planet Tralfamadore, Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time.  We follow Billy through various points in his life from his experiences in the war and becoming a POW to married life and his eventual murder.

Subject Headings: World War II, Time Travel, Prisoners of War, UFO Abductions, Alternative Histories, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction

Appeal: Literary references, historical details, complex, compelling, multiple plot lines, tragic, thought-provoking, detailed, layered, smart, steady-paced

3 terms that best describes this book: Anti-War, Time Travel, Detailed

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Dresden, Tuesday, February 13, 1945 by Fred Taylor- This book outlines the Dresden bombing and discusses the motivation of allied forces.

Time: A Traveler’s Guide by Clifford A. Pickover- Pickover takes on the difficult task of explaining time travel.  He does so with physics, philosophy, and quotes from Albert Einstein.

Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped By the Nazi’s Final Gamble by Roger Cohen- This book documents the stories of 350 American POWs in World War II.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Rogue Beserker by Fred Saberhagen- Harry Silver’s family has been kidnapped.  He must defeat a rogue beserker machine in a race against time to find them.

Red Inferno, 1945 by Robert Conroy- This book imagines an alternative history of World War II in which the United States invades Berlin per advice from Churchill and Patton.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- Clare and Henry are married and in love despite the fact that Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder and is constantly traveling through time

Name: Shannon

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