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The Map of the Sky (edition 2012)

by Felix J Palma

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Title:The Map of the Sky
Authors:Felix J Palma
Info:Atria Books (2012), Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, science fiction, adventure, time travel, aliens, England, Antarctica, horror

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I absolutely loved Palma's first book but held off reading the second for a few years because I was afraid that creating a series wouldn't work very well. For the most part, I was wrong. Once again, I enjoyed Palma's writing quirks - metafiction-y bits, imitation of 19th century speculative fiction and adventure stories, complicated storylines that seem divergent but connect eventually, messing with classic tales, authors, and historical details. The first section was superb, though while I enjoyed the parts that read like 19th century adventure stories, I disliked the ones more like a modern horror movie plot. The second section was also strong, but by the third I was starting to get tired of the horror movie-esque running from the Martians. Wasn't too thrilled with the end and felt a little dissatisfied, though not for any definable reasons. This was a good read, but not quite as excellent as I remember the first book. Appreciated some humorous not-so-subtle nods to the next book in the series. ( )
  SusieBookworm | Jan 6, 2016 |
What makes an ideal person, a complete and soulful human being? According to this wonderfully imaginative tale, it may take more than one timeline of possibilities. Artful, suspenseful and engaging, Palma successfully imagines several scenarios in the era of H. G. Wells and the effect (poisonous and wondrous) of his literature. It is advisable to have read the classic novel "The War of the Worlds" to fully appreciate the depth of possibilities rendered in Palma's telling. Even if one hasn't read the first installment of the Victorian Trilogy, it is also encouraging that the books seem to successfully stand alone. ( )
  Meghanista | Sep 9, 2015 |
Abandoned. ( )
  skraft001 | Aug 23, 2015 |
Once again, Palma has created a masterful story. He truly deserves a place as one of today's greatest authors. His ability to have his novels double back onto themselves, creating more and more intensity is a true gift. Palma gives an insight into his mind in one part of the novel, stating: "Writers perform an extremely important role: they make others dream, those who are unable to dream for themselves. And everyone needs to dream. Could there be a more important job in life than that?" I am looking forward to his next work. ( )
  1Randal | Feb 3, 2015 |
Once again, Palma has created a masterful story. He truly deserves a place as one of today's greatest authors. His ability to have his novels double back onto themselves, creating more and more intensity is a true gift. Palma gives an insight into his mind in one part of the novel, stating: "Writers perform an extremely important role: they make others dream, those who are unable to dream for themselves. And everyone needs to dream. Could there be a more important job in life than that?" I am looking forward to his next work. ( )
  1Randal | Feb 3, 2015 |
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On the cosmic scale, only the fantastic has a possibility of being true. - Leilhard de Chardin
It is a stupid presumption to go about despising and condemning as false anything that seems to us improbable. - Montaigne
"What do we know about Mars?" asked Gusev. "Is it inhabited by people or monsters?" - Aleksey Tolstoy
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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.

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When a New York socialite challenges her millionaire suitor to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," three fantastical adventures in time travel and mystery ensue.

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