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The Map of Time: A Novel | [Felix J. Palma]

The Map of Time: A Novel

Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting
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Publisher's Summary

Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question in The Map of Time, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports listeners to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.

©2011 Felix J. Palma (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"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." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Gail Moxley Verona, NJ 05-04-13
    Gail Moxley Verona, NJ 05-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Move Away from this Book !!!"

    I am a total sy-fy geek and the concept of time travel was right up my alley. The story just went off on many tangent that were so very uninteresting. I lost interest early on but kept listening hoping it would get better. I invested about 8 hours and then just couldn't take it any more.

    Save your credits/money and read Stephen King's 11-22-63. It uses time travel, history and great writing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-03-13
    John Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A well-written historical fantasy/science fiction"
    Would you listen to The Map of Time again? Why?

    Yes, the first time through, you likely won't catch all of the author's clues as to what is truly fantastic and what is misdirection within the world of the narrative. I plan to go back and listen through from the start of this book again after I complete the sequel, the Map of the Sky.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Herbert George Wells is my favorite. His life weaves through the plot lines of the other characters, and he is engaging and well developed.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book with James Langton as narrator. I thought he did an outstanding job of capturing the Victorian Era feel of the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    It took me a bit to really catch the rhythm of this book. For the first 30 minutes, it seemed a bit too cute in tone, but I'd encourage you to give it a chance. It's well worth the time, and highly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaz 03-12-13
    Shaz 03-12-13 Member Since 2010

    ShazInNV

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    "A fun book"
    If you could sum up The Map of Time in three words, what would they be?

    This was a fun listen with an interesting story. Just when you think you know what's going on, you are surprised.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Michigan 11-25-12
    Amazon Customer Michigan 11-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Hard to get through."
    What would have made The Map of Time better?

    A better story without so many written in a better way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Will start the "Eye of the World" again in preparation for the final book in the "Wheel of Time" series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Map of Time?

    Most of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was hard to get into. The characters were hard to like and even when you thought you might be able to like them, they were no longer part of the story. The book only got listenable after slogging through the first two parts. The third part was decent, but still not exceptional. If I were able to do it over again, I would not have wasted my time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    joan Mahanoy Plane, PA, United States 11-21-12
    joan Mahanoy Plane, PA, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Not What I Expected"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found the characters not very interesting,the story tedious and the plot very slow moving, so much so that I gave up on it after part I. Perhaps fans of H.G. Wells would find it more interesting.


    Has The Map of Time turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would not be interested in other books by this author. I found every little nuance in the book seemed to drag on and I felt it was overwritten.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reader did a nice job, but because I did not enjoy the story or the overly dramatic plot, I couldn't appreciate the reader's efforts to the fullest.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was facinated with the books cover and concept; however, it was overlong and a tedious read for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I had seen many favorable reviews so I'm sure there are fans for this genre. I had expected a mystery fantasy and was disappointed because I felt the story and plot was very slow moving. I didn't finish part I, and abandoned it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-12-12
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 10-12-12 Member Since 2009

    Books are better than TV -- Except for Outlander. That rocks!

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    "My kind of sci fi!"

    I found this book entrancing. There is so much originality and creativity here that is missing from most of the books that purport to contain same. It's just a lot of fun, and I can't wait for the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-06-12
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    "A waste of "Time""

    Full disclosure: I didn't finish it. I listened to this on a long road trip. After seven hours, I just gave up.

    The plot sounded so intriguing. Bringing together all those historical characters to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper seemed like a "can't fail" idea. But long, tortuous passages whereupon the protagonist, an upper class British gentleman, carries on and on about his obsession with a common street prostitute, nearly put me to sleep at the wheel waiting for something to happen. Occasionally, something interesting does happen, but just when you think the plot may be thickening, the pitiful angst resumes. Sadly, the writing is very good and the narrator does and excellent job, but the pace of the story is like watching paint dry. I have no idea how it all turned out, but I just couldn't bring myself to care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Piper 06-23-12
    Piper 06-23-12
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    "Entertaining with OK plot"
    What did you like best about The Map of Time? What did you like least?

    The style of the narration was entertaining. The first part was annoying and I almost turned it off but once you got to part two the story really started to flow.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is creative and I really like the plot devices used.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the tempo was a little slow


    Was The Map of Time worth the listening time?

    honestly I listed to it in double time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    charles raleigh, NC, United States 03-20-12
    charles raleigh, NC, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Description is more interesting than the story"
    Would you try another book from Felix J. Palma and/or James Langton?

    From Felix, no. From James, yes since he was only reading what Felix wrote.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed. In the same way that Felix describes one of his character's manuscripts, I felt about this novel. If only H.G. Wells could tell Felix what he thought.


    Any additional comments?

    The word that kept coming to mind as I listened was 'convoluted'. The author tries to be clever in inter-weaving several stories with a time-travel theme, but in my opinion it fell flat.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Calgary, AB, Canada 03-01-12
    Jan Calgary, AB, Canada 03-01-12
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    "Definitely not for the young 'uns"

    I have an eight-year-old who reads well beyond her age, so finding suitable books for her can be a bit of a challenge. Scott Westerfeld's "Leviathan" is one of her favourite series, so when I saw his endorsement on the cover of this book (and skimmed the synopsis on the back) I thought it might be one that she'd enjoy. To be safe, and thinking I might enjoy it too, I purchased the Audible version to have a listen before I bought her the physical book, and boy am I glad I did!

    The opening chapter is a lengthy monologue about committing suicide, delivered in a way that falls just short of glorifying the action. The character in question comes across as very rational but completely resigned that this is their best option.

    In the middle of the third chapter there's a rather vivid sex scene that I frankly wouldn't be comfortable with my daughter reading until she were at *least* twice her current age. Oh, and the sex scene involves a prostitute whose husband is sitting in the next room.

    At this point I had obviously decided not to get the book for my precocious tween, but having never before quit an Audible title partway through, I kept listening for my own sake.

    By the time (about an hour and a half in) that the narrative got into details of Jack the Ripper's particular acts of mutilation, I simply lost patience with the story myself, and the grandiloquent style of the audio performance was a major contributing factor to this.

    Mea culpa for not reading the synopsis more carefully and for not recognizing from the cover that this isn't a YA title (which is where it had been shelved by the vendor).

    Please take my three stars with a grain of salt, as I've listened to less than 10% of this title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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