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The Map of the Sky by Felix J Palma

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
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Tags:fiction, science fiction, adventure, time travel, aliens, England, Antarctica, horror

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The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma




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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 | Aug 25, 2014 |
I was a really big fan of The Map of Time, which was three separate-but-connected stories about time travel starring H.G Wells as one of the characters. I stumbled across this sequel at the library - it's a bit of the same setup, but instead of using Wells' The Time Machine as the inspiration, this one is all about Martians and The War of the Worlds.

I liked this one a little less than The Map of Time, if only because the first book seemed a little more tightly constructed and clever. However, both are firmly in my "4 star" camp, and I completely recommend them to anyone who wants something unique and fun. This is supposed to be a trilogy, and I'm dying to know which of Wells' books the third one will involve (assuming the author follows this pattern). His website has the third book listed as a "?" for now.

Definitely, definitely read these in the order they were published. I wasn't expecting this to be a direct sequel, but there are characters and plot points that would make no sense if you hadn't read The Map of Time first. Reading them in order led to some awesome revelations throughout the story. ( )
  BrookeAshley | May 23, 2013 |
I tried this, but I just couldn't work up an interest in the characters. If you liked Map of Time, go for it. It is of the same quality. I just have too many books on the to-read pile to devote the time required to read a large book that doesn't grab me from the beginning. Perhaps I'll try this one again someday.
  alsatia | May 11, 2013 |
Teampunk London with HG Wells. What's not to like?! ( )
  DeweyEver | Apr 30, 2013 |
As with its predecessor, The Map of Time, The Map of the Sky is a story told in three interrelated parts and is based on an H.G. Wells book. The first time around, it was The Time Machine, and this time its The War of the Worlds. Wells himself plays a character in these books, along with a cast of other, mostly fictional, characters; in particular, time-travel charlatan Gilliam Murray, the enigmatic Captain Derek Shackleton, and young man-about-town Charles Winslow.

The first book in Palma's planned trilogy, The Map of Time, was an engaging, ambitious time-travel thriller that I enjoyed thoroughly. It would be best to read this before reading The Map of the Sky, but not absolutely essential.

The Map of the Sky is an adventure story of the crew of a 19th-century exploration ship ice-bound in the Antarctic, a Martian invasion of London and Murray's clumsy attempts to win a hard-headed American woman named Emma. Palma melds real and fictional characters, fantasy, time travel, science, literature, history and romance. Palma clearly knows his stuff and has a terrific imagination, as he proved in his first book, but I found the translation of all of his ideas to the page didn't work this time around.

Palma's characters are flat and largely unappealing, which is a particular problem with Murray and Emma in the romance thread. Palma showed in his first book that he had some weaknesses in characterization, but it's far worse this time around. While his first book could have used some editing, this one cries out for the red pencil. His writing is bloated, leading to a novel that is way longer than necessary and has no sense of pace. The descriptions of the many fight/battle scenes are so drawn-out and repetitive that they're drained of any drama or excitement. The Charles Winslow character repeats himself constantly and is especially tiresome when it never seems to have crossed his mind that Mr. Murray's time-travel business is a sham. If his dim-wittedness was supposed to be funny, that escaped me.

On top of that, there are gruesome and gross-out scenes literally ad nauseam. Multiple scenes of evisceration, people being forced to eat unspeakable food, swimming through sewers, horrific human experimentation. This is all so difficult to take that there needs to be something truly excellent to make it worthwhile. But there isn't, until you get to the final 50 pages, where Palma suddenly elevates his game, bringing a depth, meaning, spirit and joy to the story. If only he had done the same throughout the book. As it is, though, I can't recommend slogging through 90% of a long book for a transcendent last 10%. I seem to be in a minority in my view of the book, so I hope I've been clear enough about my problems with it to help potential readers.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free review copy of this book. ( )
  Remizak | Apr 7, 2013 |
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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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