The Map of Time by Felix J. PalmaPosted by in Science Fiction
I’m not sure how to summarize this one without giving away major parts of the plot but I’m going to try. The book takes place in the late 1800s in London. There are three parts to the book, each introducing the reader to a new set of characters with some of the characters reappearing in each part. The first part involves a young man who travels back in time to prevent the murder of his beloved. The second part involves a man from the year 2000 and the young woman (from the nineteenth century) whom he loves and the third brings many of the characters together to stop a time traveller who is trying to steal famous manuscripts before they are published. One of the recurring characters in the novel is H. G. Wells, whose novel, The Time Machine, gave rise to the time travelling fad that seems to have overtaken London.
I really liked this book. It took a bit to get into but it was actually really entertaining and a really unique story. The writing was fantastic and I loved the storytelling style. The story is told in the third person by some all-knowing being who constantly acknowledges his presence. Sometimes, this type of storytelling doesn’t work but here it did. I actually really enjoyed this and found it kept the book lighthearted.
The book was looong but so worth it and because it wasn’t heavy it actually seemed a lot shorter than it was. I thought it was interesting that H. G. Wells played such an important role in the novel. I think it’s pretty brave to include a real person play such a major character in a fictional novel like this but I got over that. Bram Stoker and Henry James make an appearance too.
I only have one complaint and it’s just that I think that sometimes there was a lot of pointless back story. I read a few (lengthy) parts of the book and I’m still wondering what was the point of including those particular parts. I didn’t think they contributed to the plot or character development and I have to admit, there was so much of this going on in the the first part especially that I almost gave up on the book. It seemed to be toned down a little in the second and third parts of the novel.
Overall, though, I loved the book and look forward to reading more by this author.
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