Posts Tagged ‘Strange’

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

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

October 28, 2009

Author:  Jeff Lindsay

Title:  Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Genre: Psychological Suspense

Publication Date:  2004

Number of Pages:  304

Geographical Setting: Miami, Florida

Time Period: Present Day

Series (If Applicable): Dexter, 1

Plot Summary:  Dexter Morgan is a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami police department.  This is a good job for him because Dexter has a secret life that only he and his late foster father Harry knew about.  Inside Dexter is a monster who needs to kill and it is currently controlled by the “Code of Harry” which states that Dexter is only to kill bad guys – not good guys.  This job keeps him close to those bad guys that need to be taken care of.  A killer is on the loose in Miami cutting up women and Dexter starts to relate to the killer and uses his insight to help his sister, Deborah, who is also a cop move from “streetwalker” patrol to homicide.  Dexter understands what makes this guy tick and he begins to admire the killers work.  He struggles to live his life like other normal humans but inside he feels the Dark Passenger demand that he kill again.

Subject Headings:  Serial murderers, Forensic scientists, Psychopathic criminals, Vigilantes,
Murderer-detectives, Adoptees, PolicewomenMiami, Florida, PoliceMiami, Florida,
Brothers and sisters, Father and son, Serial murders, Serial murder investigation, Crime scene searches, Crime laboratories, Mutilation, Secrets, Personal conduct, Men/women relations,
Miami, Florida, Psychological suspense stories

Appeal: Dark, Methodical, Thriller, Horror, Graphic, Mutilation, Ominous, Strange, Twists, Unresolved ending, Series, Chilling, Measured Pacing, First Person Narration, Creepy, Psychological Suspense, Madness, Serial Killers, Disturbing, Page-Turner.

3 Terms that best describe this book: Disturbing, Graphic and Suspenseful

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

3 Non-Fiction Works

Inside the Minds of Serial Killers: Why They Kill by Katherine Ramsland – This book details a wide variety of motives for why people become serial killers. It shows that there is not a profile for serial killers.

Serial Killers: The Method and the Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky – This book talks about the history of serial killers and documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder.

Serial Killers and Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World’s Most Barbaric Criminals by Nigel Cawthorne – This book describes what makes ordinary people turn into killers.  It explores the minds of these people who commit these crimes and why people are so fascinated by them.

3 Fiction Works

Dearly Devoted Dexter: a Novel by Jeff Lindsay – Book 2 in the Dexter series continues the story of the first book.  There is a new serial killer on the loose and Sergeant Drakes is getting more suspicious of Dexter.

Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag – Two boys and a girl stumble on a murder victim of the “See No Evil Killer” who just may turn out to be the father of one of the boys.

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris – Will Graham has the ability to project himself into the minds of psychopathic serial killers.  He is called on to investigate the murders of two suburban families.

Name: Chris S.