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The Map of Time: A Novel (The Map of Time Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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"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
"Strange and wonderful. Magical and smart. Felix 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"
"Lyrical storytelling and a rich attention to detail make this prize-winning novel an enthralling read." --starred "Library Journal" Review
"Readers who embark on the journey...will be richly rewarded. --starred "Booklist" review
"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"
""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"
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.
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Yes, this was intricate. There were three distinctive sub plots that fused into the main plot and despite my immense of enjoyment and serious problems with setting it down for the night, this wasn't a light read by any stretch, nor is it your typical best selling steampunk/mystery novel. It does take patience with your attention span in places, only because the plot is so finely crafted there were instances where it became not exactly hard to follow, but you do have to give this book your fullest concentration. It's not a beach read, that is for sure. But the writer is a GENIUS, and not simply for the story line. The characters I found to be vividly real, you will think of them well after this book is closed for the final time. The writing is absolutely superb - the prose is so beautiful yet it's an easy read for all it flows so well. Not that it didn't have its flaws, but they were so minor and this is just such a remarkable book, all around, that I was left incoherent after finishing it.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
If not for his cousin's intervention, the main character, Andrew would be dead.
The narrator interruptions were constant, and irritating at times but also entertaining at others.
There is a point of no return, and I really enjoyed the book after it was all over, and continue to think about it. The writing was engaging and the nature of the plot was refreshing. I am glad I gave it a chances and didn't stop reading it. Normally I do give up after the first 50 pages if a book hasn't been able to capture my attention, but the book had a seriously slow start.
Greatly detailed book by a talented author. I loved the scientific nature of this book and will definitely be reading more of Felix J. Palma's books.
I didn't mind the narrator at all. In fact, I quite enjoy being talked to throughout the story. Makes it more fun.
I loved how there are three acts in this book that ultimately come together amazingly well. The variety of characters kept everything so interesting and I was always wanting more. It was hard to put the book down each night.
Time travel, notable literary characters, famous names, and a bit of romance makes for a super fun read. Can't wait to dive into The Map of the Sky!
I stayed up all night to finish this book. It was a huge epic by this author. There were amazing incidents within this story that were told and detailed brilliantly.
Characters who were key to the telling if this story were fascinating to read about. H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper...just to name a few.
Other parts of this novel were so boring I could not stand it...
Did I love this book?
Did it mesmerize me?
Did I read it breathlessly?
At this moment I am not exactly sure...
It is detailed...it is fantastic...it is exhausting to read...lol.
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Stunningly boring and poorly written. It really deserves zero stars.