Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Map of Time

The Map of Time
     by Félix J.

     Published to massive acclaim in Spain, Set in Victorian London, FÉlix J. Palma's rollicking page-turner boasts a cast of real and imagined literary characters and cunning intertwined plots. To save innocent lives--including that of his own wife, H. G. Wells the author of The Time Machine must discover the truth about purported incidents of time travel. The mysteries involve an aristocrat in love with a murdered prostitute from the past; a woman bent on fleeing the strictures of Victorian society by searching for her lover somewhere in the future; and a fourth-dimensional plot to murder celebrated authors in order to steal their fictional creations. Awarded the 2008 XL Ateneo de Sevilla Novela Prize the Map of Time is an audacious historical fantasy executed with uncommon skill. It is a story full of love, adventure, and extraordinary imagination.

The Map of Time is really three interconnected stories which build on each other.  There is a little more romance in this book, than you will find in many time travel stories.  Although slow at times, the author had some interesting ideas and the chapter with the elephant man I found quite moving.  


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