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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,929 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Félix J. Palma Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Map of Time Trilogy Release Date:
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Set in Victorian London with characters both real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple-play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel, thereby saving the lives of an aristocrat in love with a murdered prostitute from the past; of a woman bent on fleeing the strictures of Victorian society; and of his very own wife, who may have become a pawn in a fourth-dimensional plot to murder the authors of Dracula, The Time Machine, and The War of the Worlds in order to alter their identities and steal their fictional creations.

But what happens if we change history? This is just one of the questions raised by Félix J. Palma in The Map of Time. Mingling fictional characters with real ones, Palma weaves a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting, a story full of love and adventure that also pays homage to the roots of science fiction while transporting its readers to a fascinating Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Map of Time recalls the science fiction of Wells and Verne and then turns the early masters on their heads. A brilliant and breathtaking trip through metafictional time.”

    Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Love, murder, and mystery all combine in what is nothing short of a surprising, satisfying, and mesmerizing read.”

    M. J. Rose, internationally bestselling author of The Reincarnationist

  • “A big, genre-bending delight.”

    Washington Post

  • “Palma makes his US debut with the brilliant first in a trilogy, an intriguing thriller that explores the ramifications of time travel in three intersecting narratives.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Readers who embark on the journey…will be richly rewarded.”

    Booklist (Starred Review)

  • “Palma manages to be both fascinating and cozy, like having your favorite uncle telling you stories of his dangerous travels to far continents while sitting by your parlor fire…A rollicking good adventure yarn that, with a nudge and a wink and a bit of sleight of hand, is sure to leave delight in its wake and a smile on one’s face.”

    Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • The Map of Time is a singularly inventive, luscious story with a core of pure, unsettling weirdness. With unnerving grace and disturbing fantasy, it effortlessly straddles that impossible line between being decidedly familiar, and yet absolutely new.”

    Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the July 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bookbabe | 1/27/2014

    " This book will take you on a fantastic and fabulous ride, reaffirming that literature can take us anywhere we want to go. Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Barbara Stephenson | 1/20/2014

    " Convulted time travel book. I had to force myself to keep reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jason Mckinney | 1/3/2014

    " It has some fun parts, but, overall, it's pretty meh...especially at 600+ pages. I don't understand the ecstatic critical reviews. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Terri | 12/30/2013

    " I wanted to like it, I really did. But just when I thought there was potential, it let me down. Again and again. "

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