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The Map of the Sky (Trilogía Victoriana #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,905 Ratings  ·  367 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Map of Time returns with a mesmerizing novel casting H.G. Wells in a leading role, as the extraterrestrial invasion featured in The War of the Worlds is turned into a bizarre reality.

A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only
Hardcover, 591 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dave Courtney I feel comfortable labeling it as something of a continuation, even as the story itself moves backwards and forwards (and sideways). The placement of…moreI feel comfortable labeling it as something of a continuation, even as the story itself moves backwards and forwards (and sideways). The placement of the re-occurring characters works well with bridging the gap between the first and second books. (less)

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Jessica Knauss
Oct 24, 2012 Jessica Knauss rated it it was amazing
As I write more reviews, I realize that my favorite books are the devastating ones. The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma is devastating almost from the first page. So many times hope raises its meek head only to be struck down by ineffable powerlessness. I don't read sci-fi or horror, and some of the scenes are so terrifying that I sometimes wondered what I was doing reading this thing. Answer: I was compelled. The book addicted me completely and -- I'm not sure if it's because of the length or ...more
Esta novela es todo un homenaje a la literatura de folletín y de aventuras, donde se dan lugar algunos de los grandes nombres de la Literatura Universal como son H.G. Wells y Edgar Allan Poe. Pero no estamos ante un libro donde la acción te conduce a una lectura frenética. La novela de Félix J. Palma es pura literatura, es un placer detenerse en cada párrafo de cada página, y donde sí, hay acción, suspense, romanticismo, viajes en el tiempo, terror, pero también una exquisita sensibilidad que re ...more
Jonathan Scobie
Unfortunately, rather than improving on the best aspects of "The Map of Time", this novel exacerbates its worst features. Yes, length is one of them, but more worrying is the tendency to turn intertextuality into plagiarism. The entire first section set in Antarctica is a palimpsest of that SciFi horror movie classic "The Thing"; while the alternative 1900 set in a London colonised by evil aliens borrows heavily from "The Matrix"; not to mention the fact that both novels simply rework K. W. Jete ...more
Wendy Hines
Sep 22, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading Palma's book The Map of Time last year so I was excited to get my hands on his new release, The Map of the Sky. Palma has a distinct writing voice, one filled with deception, grace and melodic prose.

The Map of the Sky is told in three parts. H.G. Wells is perturbed about a sequel to his best-selling novel, The War of the Worlds. He didn't write it and he wants to meet the author. But the author shows Wells something that he has only imagined - an alien that was foun
Lydia Presley
Aug 12, 2012 Lydia Presley rated it it was amazing
I am completely in love with this series. Felix J. Palma is my hero. Seriously. I loved The Map of Time (which deals with H.G. Well's Time Machine) - so it was inevitable that I picked up The Map of the Sky with anticipation, and thoroughly expecting a story that dealt with Wells's sky-themed book like.. say.. War of the Worlds.

People, I cackled out loud several times as I read this story.

Something I've learned to appreciate, over the last year especially, is how a narrator can make or break a
Христо Блажев
В “Картата на небето” марсианците атакуват…:

Очакванията ми към първата книга на Феликс Палма – “Картата на времето”, бяха чудовищни, испанските медии го бяха обявили за новия Карлос Руис Сафон и това силно невярно твърдение изкриви възможността да прочета романа по нормален начин. Сега, няколко години по-късно, си мисля колко несправедлив бях към него – и се радвам, че излезе толкова чаканото продължение, “Картата на небето”, която да покаже същинския ча
Jan 11, 2013 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2013
I was a really big fan of The Map of Time, which was three separate-but-connected stories about time travel starring H.G Wells as one of the characters. I stumbled across this sequel at the library - it's a bit of the same setup, but instead of using Wells' The Time Machine as the inspiration, this one is all about Martians and The War of the Worlds.

I liked this one a little less than The Map of Time, if only because the first book seemed a little more tightly constructed and clever. However, b
Mar 18, 2012 Jm_oriol rated it liked it
#cifituits #EMDC Terminado. Me ha gustado más que el mapa del tiempo, aun así no termina de convencerme el estilo del autor, con ese narrador/cortador de rollo que se ha buscado. Creo sinceramente que es mucho mejor haber leido El mapa del tiempo antes, sino te pierdes buena parte de la historia, y a la vez es muy incongruente con la historia de Wells en el anterior libro.
Aug 11, 2016 Natascha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im zweiten Teil seiner Trilogía Victoriana entführt uns Félix J. Palma wieder in das viktorianische London plus zusätzlichen Abstechern nach New York und in die Antarktis. Man trifft sowohl alte Bekannte wie auch neue Charaktere und verliert sich wieder genauso schnell in der wunderschönen Beschreibungen des allwissenden Erzählers wie schon in 'Die Landkarte der Zeit'. Obwohl der Roman eine eigenständige Geschichte erzählt ist es doch ratsam, die Bände in der richtigen Reihenfolge zu lesen, da e ...more
Martha Bryce
Sep 15, 2012 Martha Bryce rated it it was amazing
If I could be a world class writer, I would want to be a writer like Felix J. Palma or Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Both write beautiful, lyrical, intricate novels that are superbly spun and satisfying tales. Their books are long, so you can stay immersed in the fantastical world they create for a long time. often, i wish that their books would never end and that they could write far more quickly to accommodate my passion for their writing. Now to the story at hand.
Make sure that you read The Map of Time
Jeff Raymond
Aug 18, 2013 Jeff Raymond rated it it was amazing
A few years back, I won a copy of The Map of Time through Goodreads, a time travel book that was more an homage to HG Wells than anything else. What started as a strange tribute to The Time Machine ended up being a really compelling story regarding fringe science, quackery, and misdirection that I absolutely loved. When I saw that The Map of the Sky was announced, I quickly preordered it and then basically forgot to read it for a year. Having some time on a plane, I finally gave it a shot, and I ...more
(Ay, casi se me saltan las lágrimas con los agradecimientos...)
Enhorabuena, Félix J. Palma:
Menudo novelón!! No me extraña que haya sido tan disfrutado y tan galardonado. Pensé que iba a ser difícil que esta segunda novela superase a la anterior, pero sin duda lo ha hecho y con creces.
He cerrado la cubierta del libro completamente extasiada. Has movido algo dentro de mí.
Ahora lo único que me queda es esperar a que escribas el tercer libro que cierre la trilogía. Uff, ¡seguro que la espera es ardu
Ignacio Senao f
Nov 28, 2015 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra vez me engaño

En el 1º se quedo conmigo. En este he ido más atendo y esperando algun engaño de la misma forma que en el primero. Pero cuando pensaba lo que iba a ser y alfinal nada de eso... a sido otro palo.

No cabe duda de que son bastante originales sus obras. Ese juego de explicar la vida y sucesos del pasado mediante la fantasia y el engaño... muy chulo.
Jan 23, 2015 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
(Sorry, Spanish review only!)

No me gustan las historias de extraterrestres.

Sí, en cambio, me gustan las novelas fantásticas. La magia, la acción, las batallas épicas. Me gustan los escenarios inimaginables y los delicados decorados decimonónicos, también los personajes inolvidables. Supongo que El mapa del cielo tiene todos esos ingredientes pero... ¡es que habla sobre extraterrestres!

No es que me parezca mal, ojo, sólo que cada uno tira para lo suyo y no sé si los gustos son aprendidos o está
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Not really sure what to say about this book...

Like the first, it was told in parts with different parts following different people, and seemingly disparate threads ultimately coming together - though the threads were a bit more straightforward in this one, if I recall correctly.

Also like the first, some of the parts were interesting and others were long and overly rambling and boring.

Unlike the first, though, I felt there were more boring parts than not in this one, and the pay-off just lacked
Jason Reeser
This sequel is so much like the first book that I could cut and past what I said about the first one and place it here. You can read my review of the first book here.-- The Map of TimeThe Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book if full of great ideas...(click on the star ratings above to read the full review)

Now for "The Map of the Sky"--
Again, Palma sets the action in three sections, which are quite different from each other, enough that it is almost too disorienting. The first part is
Jan 05, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it
This is the second in a trilogy by Palma, with the first being the Map of Time.

I'm not sure how to describe this book. Historical fiction? Historical science fiction? A love story set amidst horror and destruction? Historical fantasy? While I'm not sure exactly how to categorize this novel, I will say that I enjoyed it. I didn't find it as enthralling as the first book, the Map of Time, but Palma writes in such a powerful way that his writing style and skills overcome any lags in the story.

In 18
Damian Dubois
Aug 11, 2013 Damian Dubois rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Herbert George Wells would have preferred to live in a fairer, more considerate world, a world where a kind of artistic code of ethics prevented people from exploiting others' ideas for their own gain, one where the so-called talent of those wretches who had the effrontery to do so would dry up overnight, condemning them to a life of drudgery like ordinary men. But, unfortunately, the world he lived in was not like that. In his world everything was permissible, or at least that is what Wells tho ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Leanna rated it it was amazing
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Just wow. HG Wells, Time Travel, "Martians", and more. This book was full of surprises.

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma is a fascinating read. The author is a master storyteller, taking the theme of HG Well’s War of the Worlds and expanding upon that story to create a more frightening tale. What if “Martians” really did land on Earth? What if they really had those deadly tripod machines? What if the “Martians” really did take over Earth following HG Wells’ story?

The beauty of this book is
Jan 30, 2016 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hoy no os explicaré quién es Félix J. Palma porque él solo ha conseguido labrarse un nombre por su literatura y su estilo cada vez más inconfundible. Uno de los portaestandartes de la literatura fantástica española, abanderado del steampunk nacional y autor de la trilogía victoriana aún por terminar.

El mapa del cielo (2012) es el segundo volumen de la Trilogía Victoriana que empezó con su primer libro, titulado El mapa del tiempo y que tantas buenas sensaciones nos dejó. En el libro que hoy nos
Mar 19, 2015 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Siempre es sorprendente cuando un libro muy popular, que has esperado con ansia tener entre tus brazos, resulta tan decepcionante. Tengo que confesarlo, El mapa del cielo me ha aburrido muchísimo y ha supuesto un esfuerzo titánico terminarlo. Quizás no es un argumento del agrado de mi paladar, puede que simplemente sea eso.
La novela guarda una única acción: escapar de los marcianos. Se divide en partes que pudieran parecer historias de carácter diferente pero todas guardan el mismo argumento, la
Nov 19, 2014 Vir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
El mapa del cielo ha resultado ser una historia diferente a lo que me esperaba y, sobre todo, más compleja. Una novela de ciencia ficción quizá algo densa pero que logró atraparme por su maravillosa narración y lo bien desarrollada que está la trama.

Apr 29, 2013 Charlotte rated it liked it
Mostly held my interest--H.G. Welles one of the major characters, and that piece worked amazingly well (or Welles...). One of the better post-modern spins I've read in the past decade. The plot suffered from Neal Stephenson syndrome: those extraneous 100-or-so pages that drag things down.
Jul 23, 2014 Clare rated it really liked it
Mixing real events and characters with fictional ones, the author weaves a complex and riveting tale. Bringing into play the real events of John Cleves Symmes' theory of a hollow earth, the explorer Jeremiah Reynolds who tried to find the entrance to that earth as part of the crew of the Annawan, and Richard Adams Locke's hoax of life found on Mars, Palma tells his tale with breathtaking scope. Aside from the people mentioned above, other real people also inhabit the pages of this book: Edgar Al ...more
No es que me sorprenda del todo, porque ya había leído anteriormente El mapa del tiempo, pero aquí Palma confirma lo que ya sabía; que es un genio de la escritura y un maestro de la narración, y que tiene un don especial para entrelazar las diferentes tramas que se van sucediendo para llegar a una sola. La primera parte de la novela me ha parecido espectacular, en ocasiones algo densa, pero no en el término negativo de la palabra. La verdad es que en cierto momento me quedé: "no entiendo por qué ...more
Farah Aziz
Feb 19, 2014 Farah Aziz rated it really liked it
All in all, I rather enjoyed undergoing the process of reading this...
Undoubtedly, there were moments - particularly early on - where I found myself gazing confusingly into the cosmos of my ceiling wall, attempting to comprehend the appearance of two plots, one of which would dominate the story. Ignoring that mildly irritating fork in the road of this tale, I continued reading it. Truth be told, it did get a wee bit lengthy and I had to restrain myself from skimming through some parts. The appe
Dec 09, 2012 Nadine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Nachdem ich “Die Landkarte der Zeit” verschlungen, geliebt und oft und gerne weiterempfohlen habe, war ich voller Vorfreude und Hoffnung auf die Fortsetzung “Die Landkarte des Himmels”.
Leider muss ich sagen, dass ich selten so enttäuscht von einem Buch war, Dinge, die ich in Teil 1 toll fand, wie die Art, wie sich der Autor als Erzähler einbringt und dem Leser zum Beispiel ankündigt, welche erzählerische Route er nehmen wird, oder dass er die Privatsphäre eines Paares nicht stören will und stat
Nancy O'Toole
After writing the groundbreaking novel, The War of the Worlds, HG Wells has once again been contacted by an amateur author with hopes on selling similar works. Remembering the unfortunate results of panning Gilliam Murray’s works, Wells decides to go with a softer approach, an event that leads him to the corpse of a very real alien. Meanwhile, the wealthy Emma Harlow has grown tired of the parade of eligible bachelors begging for her hand. None infuriate her more than the persistent millionaire ...more
Angela Elizabeth
Aug 20, 2012 Angela Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-titles
Felix J. Palma’s debut steampunk novel, ‘The Map of Time’, was an international bestseller but its release met with lukewarm reviews and it seems that Palma’s follow-up to that novel, ‘The Map of the Sky’, is destined for more of the same. Unfortunately, although this second novel has a lot going for it, it misses the mark in its entirety. Failing to learn from the mistakes he made with his first full-length novel, Palma simply tries to do too much in one book. Even outlining just the plot in le ...more
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Félix Jesús Palma Macías, was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain on June 16, 1968. He attended Francisco Pacheco High School and studied Publicity at the University at Sevilla.

His first volume of stories, El Vigilante de la Salamandra (The Lizard's Keeper) showed his ability to introduce fantasy into the every day. He is also author of the storybooks: Métodos de Supervivencia (Methods of Surviva
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