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The Map of Time: A Novel (The Map of Time Trilogy) Hardcover – June 28, 2011
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“Strange and wonderful. Magical and smart. Félix J. Palma has done more than written a wonderful novel, he’s concocted a supernatural tour de force. Time travel, tragic love, murder and mystery all combine in what is nothing short of a surprising, satisfying and mesmerizing read.” – M.J. Rose, International Bestseller
"The Map of Time recalls the science fiction of Wells and Verne, and then turns the early masters on their heads. A brilliant and breathtaking trip through metafictional time." --Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan
"Palma makes his U.S. debut with the brilliant first in a trilogy, an intriguing thriller that explores the ramifications of time travel in three intersecting narratives." -- starred Publishers Weekly review
"Readers who embark on the journey...will be richly rewarded. --starred Booklist review
"Lyrical storytelling and a rich attention to detail make this prize-winning novel an enthralling read." --starred Library Journal Review
“The Map of Time is a singularly inventive, luscious story with a core of pure, unsettling weirdness. With unnerving grace and disturbing fantasy, it effortlessly straddles that impossible line between being decidedly familiar, and yet absolutely new.” --Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker
"Palma is a master of ingenious plotting." --Kirkus Reviews
"A big, genre-bending delight." --The Washington Post
"Palma uses the basic ingredients of steampunk — fantasy, mystery, ripping adventure and Victorian-era high-tech — to marvelous effect. " --Seattle Times
"'Intellectual thriller' is not an oxymoron in this case. Eccentric, informed. Time travel, H.G. Wells, Jack the Ripper, robots, romance, changing history, destroying classic literature. Spot on narration. Good clean fun." --Tulsa World
"A luxurious blend of history, romance, mystery and science fiction, this novel cleverly weaves fact and fiction, keeping the reader guessing to the end."-- Star-Ledger
"Brawny, genre-bending historical entertainment." --BookPage
``Time travel, romance, murder, and magic all play a part in this mesmerizing concoction of historical fiction, steampunk, and mystery set in Victorian England. Comprised of three distinct yet overlapping sections and populated with historical figures (H.G. Wells is the protagonist), this is a thought-provoking and entertaining read.'' –Boston Globe
"Palma uses the basic ingredients of steampunk — fantasy, mystery, ripping adventure and Victorian-era high-tech — to marvelous effect." --Seattle Times
About the Author
Félix J. Palma has been acclaimed by critics as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time. His devotion to the short story genre has earned him more than a hundred awards. The Map of Time, his first book published in the United States, was an instant New York Times bestseller and received the prestigious 2008 Ateneo de Sevila XL Prize. It has been published in more than thirty countries. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Map of the Sky. Palma lives in Spain. Please visit FelixJPalma.es.
Top customer reviews
Pick a character. Any character. Palma enthusiastically gives you dozens of pages of backstory, a device that so diminishes the effect of his rather clever tale of time travel. Andrew Harrington. His father and uncle. Author H.G. Wells. Gilliam Murray. Claire Haggerty. Tom Blunt. Inspector Garrett. Each character is introduced and then diluted with endless backstory that is as uninteresting as it is ineffective; it thoroughly upsets the pace and timing of the story centering around the murder of a Whitechapel prostitute by Jack the Ripper in the late 19th Century of London--and whether time travel can be employed to prevent said murder. That Palma can sacrifice such a premise on the threshold of limitless backstory is disappointing to the extreme.
Palma is a gifted writer with a razor wit and keen eye for detail; yet he always wants to take the reader back to go through layer after layer of each character's life--as uninteresting as it may be. If I want to learn about H. G. Wells' childhood I can get the data in a biography--not a novel about time travel. Such is the plight of THE MAP OF TIME. What a disappointment.
--D. Mikels, Esq.
This book has an excellent plot. Three interesting stories. The characters were at some points extremely naives and dumbs, but its ok, that is part of the charm of it.
What I didnt like is the extremely slow pace of the book. Very long parts that did not contribute to the plot at all. The author was desperate to be part of the story and keep appearing over and over again reminded you his presences like saying "hey! look at me, I am writing this book. And you are reading it"
If you are a fast reader, you love time travel and history novels, you like to read a lot of details to make the book more real; then I think this book is a 4 stars for you and you will love it.
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Stunningly boring and poorly written. It really deserves zero stars.