Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs

Place: Publisher & Year: Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2011

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, time travel fantasy, historical fantasy, mystery, paranormal, historical fiction

Series: The author’s blog (8/9/2011) states that there will be a sequel to this book.

ISBN: 9781594744761

Audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 352

Setting: Englewood, Florida & Cairnholm, Wales

Time period: Contemporary & 1941

Plot summary: When Jacob Portman’s grandfather is killed in the woods behind his house, the police decide that he was attacked by feral dogs.  Jacob was in those woods that night, though, and saw something that was not a dog.  What he saw could only be described as a monster.  Of course his parents and the police don’t believe him when he tries to explain this to them.  After this, Jacob has terrible nightmares and doesn’t want to leave his house, even in broad daylight.  Jacob’s parents send him to a psychiatrist where he undergoes months of therapy.  Eventually, Jacob convinces his parents to allow him to travel to Wales over the summer.  He intends to find the home where his grandfather lived as a child.  He also hopes to find some answers to the mysteries which surrounded his grandfather. Continue reading


The Exile: an Outlander Graphic Novel

By Diana Gabaldon; illustrated by Hoang Nguyen

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Del Rey, 2010

Genre: Historical fiction, fantasy, adventure, time travel fantasy, historical fantasy, romance

Format: Graphic novel

Series: Outlander Graphic Novels; 1

ISBN: 9780345505385

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: Unpaginated

Setting: Scotland

Time period: 1743

Plot summary: Young Jaime Fraser returns to Scotland after living in exile.  He is met by his godfather, Murtagh, who tries to guide Jaime back to his home – Lallybroch.  Jaime isn’t ready to head home, though.  He’s much more interested in the mysterious Sassenach that Murtagh saved from the English Captain Black Jack Randall. Continue reading

Drums of Autumn

By Diana Gabaldon; narrated by Davina Porter

Place: Publisher & Year: Prince Frederick, Md.: Recorded Books, p1999

Genres: Historical fantasy, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, time travel fantasy

Format: Audiobook

Series: Outlander; 4

ISBN: 9781419359743

Intended audience: Adult

Recorded time: 39 sound discs (45 hr., 45 min.)

Settings: North Carolina – Wilmington & Cape Fear River, Tuscarora & Mohawk Nations, Scotland, the Atlantic Ocean

Time periods: 1767-1770 & 1968-1970

Plot summary: As Claire and Jamie seek relatives and a home in the US colonies (specifically in North Carolina), Brianna and Roger discover startling news about the two.  With the knowledge of her parents’ future deaths, Brianna decides to travel to the past to warn them.  When Roger discovers what Brianna has done, he feels compelled to follow her. Continue reading

The Highlander’s Touch

By Karen Marie Moning

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Dell, c2000, 2007

Genres: Romance, paranormal romance, fantasy, time travel fantasy, historical fiction

Series: The Highlander romances; 3

ISBN: 9780440236528

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 356

Setting: Cincinnati, Ohio and Scotland

Time period: Contemporary and 1314

Plot summary: Lisa Stone works two jobs to support herself and her dying mother.  When exhaustion catches up with her at her night job at a museum, she falls asleep to be woken the next morning by her boss and another man conversing about one of the museum’s recently acquired artifacts.  She remains hidden throughout the conversation because she is not supposed to be in the museum at that hour.  After they leave, she emerges from her hiding spot and inspects the artifact that was left out.  Unbeknownst to her, the artifact was cursed hundreds of years earlier by a Scottish warrior.  As soon as Lisa touches it, she finds herself transported back in time to Circenn Brodie, the man who cursed the object and vowed to kill the one carrying it. Continue reading

So This is How it Ends

By Tui T. Sutherland

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Eos, 2006

Genre: Fantasy, time travel fantasy, adventure, mythic fiction, science fiction

Series: Avatars; 1

ISBN: 9780060750299

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 480

Settings: Many various settings including: Los Angeles, NYC, Chile, Mexico

Time periods: 2003 – 2012, 2087

Plot summary: Five teenagers in various parts of the world find themselves alone in a post-apocalyptic world.  Most of them must travel great distances to meet at a gathering place in New York City, while avoiding mutant animals, crystal robot hunters, and a few deranged humans.  Once they reach their destination, they learn more details about what has become of the world they once knew.  They also learn that they will be participating in a battle – whether they want to or not. Continue reading


By Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter

Place: Publisher & Year: Prince Frederick, Md.: Recorded Books, p1999.

Genres: Historical fantasy, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, time travel fantasy

Format: Audiobook

Series: Outlander series; 3

ISBN: 141935972X

Intended audience: Adults

Number of discs: 36 (43.75 hrs)

Setting: Scotland, England, Boston, the Atlantic Ocean, and the West Indies

Time periods: 1746 – 1766 and 1948 -1968

Plot summary: Twenty years after leaving the love of her life, Claire Randall realizes that her lover never died at the Battle of Culloden the way he had intended to.  With the help of her daughter, Brianna, and a young historian, Roger Wakefield, Claire becomes convinced that Jamie not only survived the battle and other hardships, but managed to become a printer in Edinburgh.  With their help, Claire manages to slip through the stone circle once more to try to reconnect with the love of her life and father of of her daughter.  But what will she find when she arrives? Continue reading

The Family Tree

By Sheri S. Tepper

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Avon Books, 1997

Genres: Science fiction, fantasy, time travel fantasy, eco-fiction


Intended audience: Adults

Number of pages: 480

Settings: An unnamed American city and future landscapes and cities

Time period: The year 2000 and three thousand years in the future

Plot summary: Police officer Dora Henry is investigating the murder of a well liked scientist and discovers a link between this murder and and two other recent murders. All of the victims had been geneticists.  Meanwhile, strange new plants are sprouting up almost everywhere and the city is being transformed into a jungle. People who try to stop the plants from growing are winding up in hospitals.  And somewhere far away a varied assortment of peoples are embarking on a quest for they fear for their future and the safety of their people. Continue reading