The Map of Time

The Map of Time

By Felix J Palma

Published by Atria

Published on June 28, 2011

Summary Taken from Goodreads:

A Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. 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?

I think that Felix J. Palma did a great job with the writing in this book. It was definitely
mind boggling to consider all of the questions that he raises about time travel. What
happens if we change history? If we are told by someone from the future that we made
a certain choice, are we free to change our minds? What happens if we do? I loved that
he used the confusion raised by such a mysterious topic like time travel to his advantage
in the story, making the characters deal with the same questions. But for them, it wasn’t
just theoretical; they were dealing with the implications of their actions right then and

I also loved H. G. Wells’ character. I thought he was very well-developed and
believable. I loved that Palma used Wells as the main character through all three story
lines. I think it added an element of realism because virtually everyone knows H. G.
Wells, and feeling like you know a character makes you feel like you’re part of the story.

That said, I felt like the plot was a bit…strange. It felt very incomplete to me. There
were three very different story lines, and they were only sort of connected. They all
involved the idea of time travel and H. G. Wells took part in all of them. That’s about the
end of my story. Other than that, there was really no connection.

I also felt like two of the three story lines were unresolved at the end. Once the climax
of the action happened, they were just cut off. I kept expecting to hear something about
them again, but never did.

All in all, this really was a very interesting read with a lot of fascinating ideas, it just left
me wanting a bit more.


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