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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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"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"
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The Map of Time is different. It's interesting, engrossing and rather, well - odd. Even weird. It's unlike any other book I've read and while I didn't close that handsome cover thinking - Dang! That was the best book in the history of ever! - I liked it. In fact, I liked it quite a lot.
Author Felix Palma has crafted an original and intricately-plotted novel set in Victorian London and peppered with appearances by some of the well-known persons of the day. Bram Stoker. Jack the Ripper. Joseph Merrick (the Elephant Man - and yes, he WAS call John Merrick in David Lynch's 1980 film). But it's Palma's use of H.G. Wells as a central character that particularly drew me to the book and that, once reading, most captivated me. Certainly Palma's depiction of Wells in these pages has made me want to learn more about the real Wells and has prompted me download some of his novels - last read during my junior high years - to my Kindle for a re-read.
While I found Wells to be the most fascinating character in the story, he is not the only one who is well-drawn. In what I feel is one of the strongest elements of The Map of Time, several of Palma's many characters are nicely fleshed out. As a specific character's depth and complexity were gradually revealed through the course of the book, my feelings toward that character continued to evolve. And that evolution drew me deeper into the story.Read more ›
The novel takes place in 1888, in London, with the first section taking place primarily in the Whitechaple district. After deciding to commit suicide Andrew Harrington is given the opportunity to utilize Murray's Time Travel to go back eight years to change one specific thing which has haunted him and made him wish to end his time on this earth. Ultimately he has to seek the help of writer H. G. Wells to try to accomplish his goal.
The second portion of the novel focuses on a young woman of that time who is extremely dissatisfied with her life because of the many restrictions put on her simply because she is a woman. Her dream is to utilize Murray's Time Travel to go forward in time where she will be able to use any talents and intellect she has to make a better world. Once again love plays the predominant part in this story and it is once again up to H. G. Wells to reconcile the past with the future.
The third section puts the emphasis on Wells himself and how the time travel phenomenon has an impact on his past, present and future.
This novel is written in the style where the narrator can't keep himself from commenting to the reader on what is going on in the story. I actually don't mind that usually, but I certainly don't think I've ever read a novel before when it was utilized so often.Read more ›
It's all my own fault. I couldn't resist a book with a title like "The Map of Time." Plus, the idea of [SPOILER ALERT!] H. G. Wells using his secret time machine to hunt down and defeat Jack the Ripper in Victorian London is wonderful. But, boy, does this book need pruning!
For example, even before reading this book, I was aware that Jack the Ripper was a bad guy. I don't need 84 pages about how the main character, who was in love with one of the murder victims, was affected by the crimes for me to come to the conclusion that preventing said crimes would be good. I also don't need a complete biography of H. G. Wells from the age of 8. Nor do I need a thorough plot summary of The Time Machine, which I've read several times, and seen both movies of, and whose events don't really pertain to the present story. And I really don't need an exposition on how the main character's father made his fortune by selling toilet paper.
What I do need is the actual adventure, which occupies only about 11 pages out of the first 236 pages of the book. So, what this really is is a fairly well-written and moderately clever short story that's been padded out to 236 pages. I say "236 pages," even though the book is actually 512 pages long, because that's where I stopped reading. I'm sure it gets much better on page 237.
I say "fairly well-written" because it does have some nice turns of phrase, but it's also a translation, so I don't know whether to chalk the writing up to the author or the translator. Even giving the author the benefit of the doubt, against this you have to set some weird plot holes, which you can't pin on the translator.Read more ›
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I would probably be too unfair giving 2 stars. I believe this book might desever 3 or even 4 stars in overall. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I approached this trilogy in an unusual manner because I assumed the third book was the first when I picked it up. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Richelle E. Goodrich
Out of 193 novels I've read since the 1st January 2011, this is the best. I awarded it a score of 89/100. It was engrossing and one of the most unusual novels I have ever read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ian Wardell
A lovely read from a gifted writer. Happy to have discovered this book and this author. Smart, funny, detailed, filled with magic.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Flawed premise for the plot. I kept reading - thinking that there must be a great ending - but was very disappointedPublished 3 months ago by Diane Hofer
There was a lot I liked about this story, but there was an equal amount that I didn't like, so this one lands right in the middle. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cecorlett
The cover drew me in, and the description on the back sealed the deal of buying it. I'm 150 pages from finishing and not sure I'll be able to do it. Don't be drawn in like I was. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chet Pearson
Story was way too long. Small parts were interesting. Would have been better if shorted. The whole end times battle was foolish. Wish I hadn't wasted my time.Published 3 months ago by Denise M. Doherty
All the makings of a fascinating novel but none of the follow through. Long and droning. I finished it but mostly out of spite.Published 5 months ago by Skye Wathen