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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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    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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    Harry Moscow, Russia 12-18-11
    Harry Moscow, Russia 12-18-11

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    "A Brilliant Begining That Led To A Mediocre End"

    This book is divided into 3 parts. The first part is what earned the three stars I am giving the story. Parts 2 and 3 were progressively worse. I was left wondering how the author could have gone so far off course and towards the end I was sure that he would not be able to redeem himself. In fact the book ends with the author telling the reader what he should have gotten from the book. This is never a good sign, and basically points to the fact that the author knew he messed up and rather than fix it he just slapped a here is what I wanted to write on the end and actually expects it to be acceptable...WELL IT'S NOT!!!
    The sad part is that the autthor does display and immense talent with the first part of the book and if he had only stuck with it instead of trying to turn the story into something it was never intended to be I would have easily given this book 5 stars.
    Listen to part one, then listen to something else.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C newport beach, CA, United States 09-14-11
    C newport beach, CA, United States 09-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "too long by half"

    A wordy, overlong, tortuous tale that had me gnashing my teeth in frustration. The story was unbelievable even for science fiction. There has to be a wee bit of believability to make one suspend belief. This awful mishmash was simply boring. And, the pity is... he can write!!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 08-24-11
    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Enjoyable listen"

    Set in Victorian London, this is a collection of three different tales of "time travel" that are interrelated, each influencing the other. HG Wells is the central character that weaves the three tales into one broad story arch. The book is well written and the characters are engaging. I particularly enjoyed Palma's involvement of the narrator as a self-conscious participant in the telling of the story. The audio narrator also does an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

    Another reviewer was concerned that the story isn't a thriller and lacked some of the action he would have liked, I found an adequate degree of action for my tastes and there were plenty of twists and turns in the story; however, what I really enjoyed was the development of many of the main characters in the story. They drew me in and got me to care for them (or dislike them--the villians, that is). After about 20 hours and the story was drawing to an end, I was sad that it was time to leave Felix Palma's fantasy world and wished for a bit longer stay in his version of Victorian England.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 11-05-11
    Jeremy 11-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't Bother"

    I did listen to the entire book in the hope that there would be some point to it. There never was...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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