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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 earned more than a hundred awards for his short stories. The Map of Time is his first book to be published in the United States.
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.
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!
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!
A couple of years ago, I read 550 pages of Elizabeth Kostova's 720-page The Historian--carried along by Kostava's masterful writing--before I realized that the plot was dull and the characters simply uninteresting. At least I saw the writing on the wall in The Map of Time at the 50-page mark. All in all, the book wasn't horrible, it just wasn't good, and at more than 700 pages there are many better books with which I can spend my time.
Most recent customer reviews
Stunningly boring and poorly written. It really deserves zero stars.