Book Review: The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

Title: The Map of Time
Author: Felix J. Palma
Genre: Historical fiction, paranormal fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC from the publisher
First line: Andrew Harrington would have gladly died several times over if that meant not having to choose just one pistol from among his father’s vast collection in the living room cabinet.

While each section of this book has it’s own protagonist, H.G. Wells, the author of The Time Machine, is the thread that wends his way through all three and brings them together.. Set in Victorian London, The Map of Time presents the reader with a cast of characters that include authors Wells, Henry James, and Bram Stoker, Jack the Ripper, and a multitude of fictional characters, mixing them together with entertaining results.

The best thing about The Map of Time is the writing style. Palma has a wry sense of humor, throwing in short asides that aren’t necessary to the plot, but that had me grinning from ear to ear and often chuckling out loud. He does away with any pretension that the author doesn’t exist, and speaks directly to the reader, a convention that can be fun or fail miserably, depending on the skill of the author. Fortunately, Palma is a master. He has captured the Victorian period perfectly and sprinkled it with amusing and sympathetic characters.

This book is a wonderful combination of sci-fi and historical fiction, and will appeal to readers of both genres. I am hoping that this book will met with such success that more of Palma’s work will be translated and available here in the US.

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12 Responses to Book Review: The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

  1. Misha says:

    Sci-fi, historical fiction and Victorian London! Seems to have a bit of everything! I could not control myself and finally ordered this book yesterday.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    This sounds like so much fun! Victorian London is such an alluring time period, so atmospheric and full of wonderful characters.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – it’s one of my favorite time periods to read about.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I think I would love this book, although it is not my usual fare. Thanks for the great review!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Stephanie – you’re welcome – I hope you get a chance to read it!

  4. ibeeeg says:

    First, I love the cover, and that alone has already made me curious. Then, I started seeing this book around – my curiosity increased – but I still was not certain. Recently, I read a review elsewhere and then knew it was a book I should read. Now, I read your review and know for sure that I want to read this book sooner than later. Humor that made you chuckle, a master with being able to speak directly to the reader – wow, I am far more curious if that is possible. Besides all that historical fiction is one of my favorite genres AND sci-fi is a high interest genre.
    It is on my list; when I am able to purchase again then this book will be placed in the cart.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Deanna – don’t you hate it when you know a book is going to be a perfect read for you, but your book-buying budget is gone? Sigh…

  5. Alita says:

    This sounds wonderful. It’s not something I’d usually be drawn to, but I’m definitely going to be on the look out for this one.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Alita – I think this is one that would appeal to a lot of people who wouldn’t normally read a time travel novel.

  6. SP says:

    I’m just wondering… Is there any sorcery in this book?