Posts Tagged ‘satisfying’

One in a Million

August 17, 2011

Author: Kimberla Lawson Roby

Genre: Women’s Lives and Relationships; African American; Christian Fiction

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 183

Geographical Setting: Chicago, Illinois

Time Period: Present

Plot Summary: Kennedi Mason thinks that she has the perfect marriage with her husband Blake. After years of hoping and dreaming about this special moment, Kennedi can’t wait to share the good news with her husband; news that will change their lives for the better. But when Blake gets home, he has some news of his own that will turn Kennedi’s world into a tailspin. The aftermath of Kennedi and Mason’s announcements will set forth a series of events where lies and betrayal are uncovered. Kennedi will soon find out that perception is not reality.

Subject Headings: Divorce; Lottery Winner; Friendship; Betrayal; Extramarital Relations; Chicago – Fiction; African American

Appeal: Emotionally-charged, dramatic, flawed, poignant, satisfying, frank, insightful, engaging, conversational tone, passionate, sympathetic main character, fast-paced

Three Words or Phrases Best Describing this Book: Emotionally-charged, dramatic, flawed

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Luck of the Draw: True-Life Tales of Lottery Winners and Losers by Chris Cudgeon (takes an in-depth look at the lives of lottery winners and losers, showing how the lottery has both positively and negatively affected lottery winners, entertaining and engaging read)

Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield (inspirational stories of African American women who, like Kennedi in One in a Million, withstood hardship and found success, includes quotes and stories from modern day heroines like Patti LaBelle, Halle Berry and Queen Latifah)

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice (poignant, engaging, frank, story of Condoleezza’s childhood and how she made it to the White House)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Can I Get a Witness? By ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Christian fiction, tale of marriage struggles, dramatic, engaging tone)

Tryin’ to sleep in the bed you made by Virginia DeBerry (sympathetic characters, theme of overcoming obstacles, plot twists that pull the reader into the story from the beginning)

Seen it all and done the rest by Pearl Cleage (women’s lives and relationships, character driven, dramatic, conversational tone)

Name: Tara Bauer

The Map of Time: A Novel

August 1, 2011

Author: Félix J. Palma


Title: The Map of Time: A Novel


Genre: Science Fiction


Publication Date: June 28, 2011


Number of Pages: 624


Geographical Setting: London, England


Time Period: The Victorian Era/The year 2000


Series: First in a trilogy.


Plot Summary: Set in Victorian London, where the British Empire’s great achievements and opulent wealth coexist with Dickensian poverty, occultism and grave-robbing, The Map of Time braids together three storylines in which a skeptical investigator is called upon to discover the truth about murders linked to purported incidents of time travel: an aristocrat who goes back in time to save his beloved, one of the Ripper’s victims; a woman who flees to the year 2000…straight into a battle between humanity and a scourge of automatons; and a plot to steal literary classics and wipe their authors from existence.


Subject Headings: Time travel, tragic love, murder, mystery, H.G. Wells, Victoriana, science fiction, Jack the Ripper, automatons, history.


Appeal: Strange, magical, smart, intriguing, enthralling, inventive, luscious, imaginative, eccentric.


3 terms that best describe this book: Surprising, mesmerizing, satisfying.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors-

The Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku. (Teleportation, time travel, time machines, force fields, interstellar space ships, science fiction, and potentially attainable future technologies)

Time Machines, Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction by Paul J. Nahin. (The history of time travel in fiction; the fundamental scientific concepts of time, spacetime, the fourth dimension, and paradoxes of time travel)

Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time by Robin Le Poidevin. (The mysteries of time travel, the trouble with paradoxes, the difficulties raised by our ordinary ideas about space and time)

 3 Relevant Fiction Authors and Works

Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality by Ronald L. Mallett and Bruce Henderson. (Time travel, mention of H.G. Wells as an influence, physics, scientific exploration, and intriguing storytelling)

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. (Time travel, romance, tragic love, cleverly weaved plot and execution)

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. (Dynamic characters, time travel, science fiction, quantum physics, complicated plot twists, thriller)

Name: Mindy Foote