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May Book Haul

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (from publisher through Shelf Awareness)

Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigage purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history?

This is an ARC of a novel previously published in Spain. The American version will be published June 28th.

The publisher also sent a copy of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, which partially inspired The Map of Time.

I love the cover, by the way.


Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli (from Paperback Swap)

This personal and in-depth look at the dizzying pop-cultural phenomenon surrounding the Harry Potter series is written by the webmistress of the most popular and most trusted Harry Potter fan site on the Internet.

Yes, it’s nonfiction. I thought it sounded rather interesting. I have always been fascinated by the crazy Harry Potter fans.


The Passage by Justin Cronin (from Goodreads First Reads)

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy–abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl—and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

I’m daunted by this book. Over 700 tissue-paper thin pages. But the story sounds awesome, so I will get through it. Or die trying.


Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky (from Goodreads First Reads)

When Susan Tate’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high school juniors who happen to be Lily’s best friends-and the town turns to talk of a pact. As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan. As principal of the high school, she has always been held up as a role model of hard work and core values. Now her detractors accuse her of being a lax mother, perhaps not worthy of the job of shepherding impressionable students. As Susan struggles with the implications of her daughter’s pregnancy, her job, financial independence, and long-fought-for dreams are all at risk.

The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking in this emotionally wrenching story of love and forgiveness. Once again, Barbara Delinsky has given us a powerful novel, one that asks a central question: What does it take to be a good mother?

Hopefully I can get through The Passage and get to this book at some point.


Snotty Saves the Day by Tod Davies (from Goodreads First Reads)

A manuscript arrives by Owl, left under an old fir tree in the snow. Another world’s scientists have discovered that the laws of the universe are found in—fairy tales. The greatest of these laws? That in the endless fight against evil, the toughest warriors come from the most despised group of all: the smallest, the poorest, the funniest.

Is it true that this story of a snotty little boy, who falls through a rabbit hole into another world and battles giant garden gnomes with the help of a teddy bear army, holds this secret of the universe? Snotty travels through fantastic lands, meeting angels, dragons, fairy tale creatures, and a unicorn, battling a gorgeous enemy who seeks to hide the truth of things. The truth of who Snotty really is, and of what his world can become. Can a horrible little child really have the power to change everything?

Is it true? Can Snotty save the day?

A fairy tale within a fairy tale with footnotes from another world. Read the book and see what happens next. It just might be that if we knew who we were, we could change our world too.

An Exterminating Angel Press fairy tale for adults of all ages.

I’m actually really looking forward to reading this. Sounds very different.


The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (from Goodreads First Reads)

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there’s only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes. It’s the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl. An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in thirty-seven countries, and it has landed at the top of bestseller lists wherever it’s been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now it’s America’s turn. Combining the addictive power of the Stieg Larsson trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.

I’m really looking forward to reading this, too. Hopefully I manage to get this far through the stack at some point!


June 1, 2011 - Posted by | Book Haul

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