Book club members are in for a rare treat. The Map of Time is the first book to be published in the U.S. by internationally bestselling author Félix J. Palma—unanimously acclaimed as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time—and you’ll soon see why.
Other writers have produced time travel adventures that blend historical figures with fictive ones, but the real-life characters that Palma features in this captivating novel—Jack the Ripper, Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man, Bram Stoker, Henry James and H.G. Wells—are an eccentric and larger-than-life lot that lend the narrative an air of humanity and exhilaration. With H.G. Wells himself, Palma made it his mission to not just portray the writer, but to get inside his head, to understand Wells’ view of his world, and also to pay homage to the man who inspired this novel. The result is daring, ambitious and as unstoppable as a runaway time machine.
Set in Victorian London, where the British Empire’s great achievements and opulent wealth coexist with Dickensian poverty, occultism and grave-robbing, The Map of Time braids together three storylines in which a skeptical investigator is called upon to discover the truth about murders linked to purported incidents of time travel: an aristocrat who goes back in time to save his beloved, one of the Ripper’s victims; a woman who flees to the year 2000…straight into a battle between humanity and a scourge of automatons; and a plot to steal literary classics and wipe their authors from existence. But can he solve these mysteries before the tapestry of history is irrevocably unraveled?
A metafictional mix of Victoriana, murder mystery, love story and science fiction, The Map of Time is one book no member should miss.—Rome Quezada, Senior Editor
Hardcover Book : 624 pages
Publisher: Atria Books ( June 28, 2011 )
Item #: 13-390224
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 23.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I have just finished the second novel and find both well worth the time. It is not the "Hard" science fiction some readers would like. It is, however, an enjoyably good science "fantasy" that weaves H.G. Wells and his novals, with a logical, well developed, and fantasy filled story line. These books tasks readers to remember each character introduced, for they will reappear somewhere in the story. A round robin of story line, characters, and possibilites. The author spoke of this being a trilogy? I hope there is another book to come.
I slogged through100 pages thinking surely it will get better. It didn't. What the author lacks in plot, he makes up for in a surplus of words.
I don't normally write reviews but I had to write this one as a warning to those of you thinking of buying this book. It is not Science Fiction. It is at best an attempt to thread three, marginally related, stories together with the idea of time travel. When I bought this book I did so with the hopes of reading a time travelling adventure along the lines of Annals of the time patrol or the movie Time after time. Instead I get two Victorian romance novels and a pseudo-science fiction mystery. At 600+ pages the author does not even come close to a science fiction theme until the last 100 pages. And that turns out to be woefully disappointing.
Don't get me wrong, the author is a wonderful writer. His prose and personification is excellent. He obviously did lots of research and loves the Victorian era. It's just not Science Fiction!! If you came here looking for a time travel yarn, move on. This will not be the book for you. Only stubborness, and the vain hope that some sort of plot I was not seeing would emerge, got me to the end of this book.
I post this as a warning.....nuff' said!
Reviewer: Paul C
I read this all the way through and really can't decide whether it was worth the time.
A lot of fun and written in the spirit and language of the times! If you like time travel, wild tales and HG Wells you'll like this one!