The New York Times best-selling author of The Map of Time returns with a mesmerizing novel casting H.G. Wells in a leading role, as the extraterrestrial invasion featured in The War of the Worlds is turned into a bizarre reality.
A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells's War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe, and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time.
Praised for "lyrical storytelling and a rich attention to detail" (Library Journal, starred review), Palma again achieves the high standard set by The Map of Time.
©2011 Felix J Palma (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"The unreal becomes real, fantasy becomes history, and the reader is thoroughly entertained by an unending parade of bafflements and surprises. This book is a complete delight." (K.W Jeter, author of Infernal Devices)
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This story artfully weaves at least three classic favorites together into a delicious new perspective of 19th century future imaginings. The journey back to an earlier era was surprisingly both simulating and refreshing in contrast to some of the pessimistic and more jaded current imaginings that are being mass-produced on the post-cyber-punk assembly line of today. Delightful read! The narrator was excellent as well.
Before you listen to "The Map of the Sky," listen first to Palma's "The Map of Time." The two novels really constitute a single story -- with one more book to follow, I hear -- like the three books of Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings." The same characters from "The Map of Time" return in "The Map of the Sky," without much back-story provided; so you would miss some important plot implications if you hadn't already listened to the first part. Some of the characters in both books correspond to real-life contemporary personages -- most notably, Herbert George Wells -- doing the things that they really did ... with some slight alterations. Thus, this nascent series might be categorized as "historical science fiction." Hmmm ... a new genre? Surprisingly, Spanish author Félix Palma has made himself an authority on -- and admirer of -- H. G. Wells and Victorian England, to the extent that he writes these stories using Wells' style; and his translator, Nick Caistor, deftly preserves that style. Palma writes so comfortably about Victorian London that one feels effortlessly transported in space and time via his words. I would venture to say that not much has been "lost in translation" here. As with "The Map of Time," narrator James Langton again does an amazing job with the characters' voices, rendering everything from a female character's soft soprano, to her lover's basso profundo with apparent ease, while simultaneously handling all the subtle (and not-so-subtle) characters' regional accents. With Langton at the microphone, we always know who is speaking. He provides us with a virtual multi-cast performance. Without giving away any plot surprises, I recommend "The Map of the Sky" to anyone who enjoys contemplating the puzzles of time travel.
This is a simply wonderful book. The narration is splendid as is the story. It leaves room for the imagination while providing a satisfying story and ending.
The books is broken into three seemingly interminable parts, of which the first is so unrelated to the "description" of the story that I thought I'd switched the order of the book sections. The author is definitely cleaver, but I felt like it just went on and on and on. There are light hearted scenes between a suitor and his intended and there are terrible scenes that felt like the precursor to the Matrix. Eventually everything is tied together into a more satisfying ending.
If this book becomes the next "in" thing I'll be able to say I read it, but you won't find me looking for other offerings from this author. In truth, based on the description and the reviews on the website, I was disappointed.
Only on sale.
Only on sale.
First 15 minutes.
Far too long for the material presented, which made the book tedious almost beyond belief. Too bad, because the author can write well.
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