Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Map Of Time by Felix J. Palma

Book:  The Map Of Time
Author:  Felix J. Palma
Release date:  June 28, 2011
Publisher:  Atria
Pages:  612
Source: Publisher

Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigage purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history?

DISCLAIMER FOR MY READERS:  This is not a young adult book.  There is some very graphic content in this book and I would not recommend this for young readers.

When I first heard about The Map Of Time I was intrigued.  It is fiction but it incorporates real people and real events into that.  It sounded really interesting and I wasn’t too daunted by the 612 pages.  That all changed once I actually started reading it.  I could not get into the story and 612 pages was about 500 too many for me.

The Map Of Time is split into 3 separate stories.  Each story focuses on one character but jumps around a lot to introduce new characters and show what is going on in their lives.  The first story is that of Andrew Harrington’s but as soon as H.G. Wells was introduced he stole the show.  Andrew became not as important to me and I was more interested in H.G. Wells’ story.  The second part of the book was a little better but once again the main character did not seem to have that big of a role in his own story.  The third part was the worst though because I started reading it thinking it was about Inspector Colin Garrett.  After about 20 pages H.G. Wells came into that story as well and the third part quickly became about him.  I felt like I was left hanging about Inspector Colin Garrett because I really wanted to know more about him and how his story ended.

The one good thing, in my opinion, about The Map Of Time was the writing.  It is some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read.  It is really the only reason I kept reading the book when I didn’t really enjoy the story.  If the story sounds at all interesting to you, you will enjoy the book a lot more than I did because it really is wonderfully written and I know that others will like the story a lot more than I did.  I just could not get into this one.

Overall, The Map Of Time was just not for me.  I have read some other bad reviews but I have also read some amazing reviews.  I think it is up to you guys to figure out if this one appeals to you.  =)

Rating:  C

Cover:  A

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6 Comments

  1. Krista

    That happens to me all the time, I stick with the story because the writing is good, but the storyline drags. I have found a few gems though my sticking until the end, a couple endings saved the book for me.
    I’ve been trying to win a copy of this one, does sound interesting!
    Cubicleblindness

  2. Lauren

    I’ve been thinking about picking this book up, but I think it will have to wait. I have too many books I can’t wait to read to pick one up that drags.

    Thanks for the review!

  3. Bere

    This is the first review I’ve read on The Map of Time. In fact this is the first time I’ve heard of this book. The cover is fantastic and it does sound a bit interesting. I might check it out. We’ll see. Thanks, Katie. =)

  4. Christina Kit.

    Too bad it didn’t work for you, that the main characters didn’t grab you like you wanted them too.

    The concept is awesome, and how he’s got to save real literary works is unique. There were a lot of cool elements in this one.

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