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The Map of Time: A Novel Hardcover – Jun 28 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (June 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439167397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439167397
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Strange and wonderful. Magical and smart. Félix 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

"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." -- starred Publishers Weekly review

"Readers who embark on the journey...will be richly rewarded. --starred Booklist review

"Lyrical storytelling and a rich attention to detail make this prize-winning novel an enthralling read." --starred Library Journal Review

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

"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

"A luxurious blend of history, romance, mystery and science fiction, this novel cleverly weaves fact and fiction, keeping the reader guessing to the end."-- Star-Ledger

"Brawny, genre-bending historical entertainment." --BookPage

``Time travel, romance, murder, and magic all play a part in this mesmerizing concoction of historical fiction, steampunk, and mystery set in Victorian England. Comprised of three distinct yet overlapping sections and populated with historical figures (H.G. Wells is the protagonist), this is a thought-provoking and entertaining read.'' –Boston Globe

"Palma uses the basic ingredients of steampunk — fantasy, mystery, ripping adventure and Victorian-era high-tech — to marvelous effect." --Seattle Times

About the Author

Félix J. Palma has been loudly acclaimed by critics as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time. The Map of Time, his US debut, was a New York Times and international bestseller. Please visit MapofTimeBook.com and FelixJPalma.es.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Until I was several chapters into this book I was beginning to wonder if I wanted to continue. At times I groaned while reading, sometimes smiled, and often stopped to ponder certain paragraphs. It was a story of many things; imaginative, different, strange, but yet, soon became compelling enough to finish. When I finally read the last page, I felt I had been thoroughly entertained and pleased to have read such a creative and unique book.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well written. Much like a classic. Be sure to read Palma's second book, Map of the Sky, which I feel is the best of the series.
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Format: Hardcover
Review for 'The Map of Time' by Félix J. Palma (guest reviewer Derwyn Costinak)

Let me begin at the outset by saying that it is difficult to write about this book without giving anything away. The creativity of the storyline and the approach taken by Palma in describing the story is one that I have not seen in any book I can recall. However, to go into much detail about what exactly the author does is to risk setting a new reader up, causing him or her to anticipate the direction of the narrative. I do not wish to do that, so I will be necessarily general in this review.

'The Map of Time' is about time travel in the late nineteenth century. Palma has chosen to tell his tale using fictional characters which interact with historical figures. This particular approach makes for an entertaining read as it brings the reader into a much more plausible world; Palma has worked to ensure that the events he narrates might very well have been experienced by these real people. Divided into three parts, the book tells three stories, each told by the same all-seeing narrator. I must say that the occasional asides the narrator directs to the reader were less than enjoyable for me, interrupting the flow of the story as they do. Starting from a rather small story, the narrative seems to be narrow and slow at first, but broadens as the second part of the book approaches. As it continues, Palma's brilliance in creativity is displayed, causing the reader to keep turning pages, eager to discover how everything is resolved. Once reached, that resolution may or may not be satisfactory, depending on the expectation of the one turning pages. I had hoped for more, but I cannot say that I was disappointed, either.
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