The Map of Time

The Map of Time

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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 considers suitable, yearns for a time when she can be free to love whom she chooses. 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!
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439167397
1439167397
Branch Call Number: [SCI-FI] FIC/PALMA
Characteristics: 611 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Caistor, Nick

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Memawrayne
Oct 12, 2015

Interesting story with time travel, Jack The Ripper and H. G. Wells.

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nerowolfgal
Jul 09, 2015

I couldn't finish this book. The central character is a completely self-absorbed rich twenty year old, who is mopey, depressed and full of self-pity about the hardship of being rich. He falls in "love" with the painting of a prostitute, meets her, uses her for his own fantasies without any thought to the realities of her life, then gets depressed when she is murdered, and he can't have her anymore. I made it through three chapters before I gave up. Perhaps it improves but I couldn't feel anything but total disgust with the main character and no interest in anything that happens to him.

KindianaJones Dec 16, 2014

I was hooked from the first page. The first two parts of the book; one concerning a young man's attempt to time travel in order to save his prostitute love from Jack the Ripper, the other a time traveller from 2000 romancing a woman in 1890s London; were amazing. The third part had slightly less thrill of discovery to it -- but it was were the novel's premise really hit home. A great read, I look forward to the sequel in September 2012.

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marijancad
May 17, 2014

Loved the concept - time travel is one of my "things", and mixing real characters with fictitious ones added to the story. I found the whole thing to be somewhat confusing, however, and that detracted from the book for me.

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hgibbins
Aug 26, 2013

I stumbled across this book and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing, as well as the author's passion for detail. The story itself revolves around H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" with some intriguing twists. Well worth the read!

book_devourer Jul 09, 2013

This is a well-written, plot-changing novel that is a delight to read.
Good for any fan of literary fiction (H.G. Wells is in this novel) and those who enjoy tongue-in-cheek reading.

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DioneNahirnick
Feb 19, 2013

I went into this story expecting something completely different. The blurb is slightly misleading. However, in the end I really loved it. Felix Palma is a beautiful writer, if a little wordy at times. I wish I could read the original Spanish as I'm sure some stuff is lost in translation. I recommend just reading it with an open mind, and you will soon be sucked in to this crazy world and rewarded in the end! Four stars!

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Ana55
Jul 29, 2012

I love the writing in this book, though was surprised by the graphic descriptions at first. As I read on, I enjoyed the personal way in which the author guides the reader through the material, as if hearing a story from a friend over tea. It is slow in places, but necessarily so, I think. I enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end.

miharuyume Mar 21, 2012

the cover is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rabbiejones
Mar 07, 2012

What an excellent book! I found myself rushing through it because I enjoyed it so much, but then regretted not savoring it more throroughly when it was finished.

This is a clever, funny, exciting read, well plotted and full of really exceptional ideas.

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