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The Map of Time: A Novel (original 2008; edition 2012)

by Felix J Palma

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The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma (2008)

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An outstanding book! After a lifetime of reading, it is rare that I am unable to determine within a few chapters where the author is heading. But this great book kept me guessing right until the last pages. And, as the book is a collection of three, separate but related stories, the author did it three times in a row! Bravo, Mr. Palma, bravo! And thank you for your effort! ( )
  1Randal | Feb 3, 2015 |
An outstanding book! After a lifetime of reading, it is rare that I am unable to determine within a few chapters where the author is heading. But this great book kept me guessing right until the last pages. And, as the book is a collection of three, separate but related stories, the author did it three times in a row! Bravo, Mr. Palma, bravo! And thank you for your effort! ( )
  1Randal | Feb 3, 2015 |
Yikes. Got half-way through and gave it up for good. Besides the summary being vastly misleading to the books actual content, there seemed to be no likeable characters, not much happening and almost no dialogue. Plus, the misogyny and portrayal of women wasn't exactly floating my boat. ( )
  luminescent_bookworm | Jan 27, 2015 |
I wanted to like it. But the writing is very poor. The intrusion of the narrator (and the author through skill-less prose) is very obnoxious.

Read the other two-star reviews. they are VERY accurate.


I tried twice to get into it. The second time willing to repress my standards to get a good story. But it was just so bad that I couldn't do it. finished two thirds. No mas, compadre. No mas. ( )
  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
Absorbing and interesting if annoying in parts. The threads of the story are good but don't always wrap together in terms of believability, but it does have a kind of steampunky vibe. ( )
  lisahistory | Sep 24, 2014 |
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Though the novel occasionally moves slowly, there is so much going on that one is almost grateful for being able to take a breath, before being whisked back into the adventure. And that is what The Map of Time truly is, despite its steampunkish inclinations, and a bit of masquerading as literary science fiction: a rollicking good adventure yarn that, with a nudge and a wink and a bit of sleight of hand, is sure to leave delight in its wake and a smile on one’s face. And that, Dear Reader, is really all one can ask for.
 
Palma wanders in and out of genres—is his book science fiction? literary fiction? fantasy? Whatever the answer, it’s great fun to read, particularly for those with a bent for counterfactual history.
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The distinction between past, present and future is an illusion, but a very persistent one.
- Albert Einstein
Mankind's most perfectly terrifying work of art is the division of time.
- Elias Canetti
What is waiting for me in the direction I don't take?
- Jack Kerouac
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Andrew Harrington would have gladly died several times over if that meant not having to choose just one piston from among his father's vast collection in the living room cabinet.
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Londres, 1896. Innumerables inventos hacen creer al hombre que la ciencia es capaz de conseguir lo imposible, como demuestra la aparición de la empresa Viajes Temporales Murray, que abre sus puertas dispuesta a hacer realidad el sueño más codiciado de la humanidad: viajar en el tiempo, un anhelo que el escritor H. G. Wells había despertado un año antes con su novela La máquina del tiempo. De repente, el hombre del siglo XIX tiene la posibilidad de viajar a otras épocas, como hace Claire Haggerty, una joven acaudalada e insatisfecha que está convencida de que ninguno de sus pretendientes puede ofrecerle el amor verdadero. Esa insatisfacción la llevará a viajar al año 2000, donde se enamorará de un hombre del futuro, un hombre que en su época aún no ha nacido, con quien vivirá una historia de amor a través del tiempo. Pero no todos desean ver el mañana. Andrew Harrington es un joven que pretende suicidarse al comprender que nada podrá borrar el dolor que que siente por la muerte de su amada, una prostituta llamada Mary Kelly, que fue la última víctima de Jack el Destripador. Pero abandona la idea cuando le ofrecen viajar ocho años en el pasado para salvarla de la muerte él mismo. Y el propio H. G. Wells sufrirá los riesgos de los viajes temporales cuando un viajero del futuro llegue a su época con la intención de matarlo para publicar sus novelas con su nombre, obligándolo a emprender una desesperada huida a través del tiempo, atravesando la II Guerra Mundial y los años ochenta hasta perderse en un futuro tan remoto como insondable.
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Predestination,
Fate, choice: would you go back in
Time to change your life?
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London, 1896. Andrew Harrington's lover Marie Kelly was murdered by Jack the Ripper and he longs to turn back the clock and save her. Meanwhile, Claire Haggerty, forever being matched with men her family consider suitable, yearns for a time when she can be free to love whom she choses. As their quests converge, it becomes clear that time is the problem -- to escape it or to change it. Hidden in the attic of popular author -- and noted scientific speculator -- H.G. Wells is a machine that might offer them the hope they need!… (more)

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