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The Map of the Sky

(Trilogía Victoriana #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,424 ratings  ·  410 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 if he accepts
Hardcover, 608 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
Sep 04, 2012 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
Lydia Presley
Aug 11, 2012 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
Wendy Hines
Sep 22, 2012 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 t
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
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, science-fiction
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, both are firmly in m
BAM The Bibliomaniac
I just cannot finish this book. I cannot. It's horrible. It's worse than Book One in the trilogy. I had such high hopes d/t the synopsis, but it is sluggish and nonsensical. I care about no one and nothing happening.
Martha Bryce
Sep 15, 2012 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
Jeff Raymond
Sep 06, 2012 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'm frankly kicking m ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Damian Dubois
Aug 01, 2013 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
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 the many
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 Time The 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
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
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
Jan 05, 2013 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
Apr 29, 2013 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.
Nancy Meservier
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 11, 2012 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
Christy Woods
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I almost immediately regretted my decision to buy this book (I really need to start using my library membership again). My biggest problem with this book is the use of the omniscient narrator (not my favorite style, though it can work). I felt that I was stepping into some kind of circus sideshow, with the grandiose announcer-style narration. The thing is, it never let up and I began to feel that Palma was patronizing his readers.

I was, also, put off by the prominent role that H.G. Wells play
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely wonderful novel from Palma, who blew me away two years ago with The Map of Time. In his second book, Palma brings back his phenomenal version of H.G. Wells, who experiences a true alien invasion that heavily follows the plot of his own novel, The War of the Worlds. However, as in The Map of Time, Palma reminds us that nothing is ever exactly what it seems, and the result is a roller-coaster ride with enough twists and turns to keep even the pickiest reader satisfied.

What I lo
Farah Aziz
Feb 13, 2014 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
Jul 07, 2014 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
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
It is very rare that I get more than half-way through a book and finally give up.

Hmmm. What to say? Not a single likable character was encountered, Dear Reader, by this visitor to the pages of this tome. The author's attempts at re-creating a Victorianesque tone was only equaled in its ineptitude by the structure of the work.

Perhaps I am hampered by the fact that I have actually read a great deal of Victorian and Edwardian era fiction, and therefore know how precious (not
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Short Review: Not as good as the first one, somewhat overly long with too much philosophical questions in between. The story is good though, and I especially loved that little "mistakes" and incongruities that I came across while reading the book were explained at the end of the book, as intended discrepancies. It reads more like a horror story than the previous one (well, 3 horror stories), to the point that you are actually frightened and spooked out. Yet, where H.G. Wells
Brett Newmyer
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I can't tell you how bad I wanted to give this book 5 stars. But I just hate hate HATE Montgomery. When you get to know him better, I found it downright baffling that he was used as a hero. Clayton was treated as a kind of- occasionally helpful pest. I could go on and on how much more I enjoyed Clayton over Montgomery. It would be similar to: Who do like better, Will Smith or Dick Chenney, set up. And yet Palma clearly gives love to Chenney!
I should reiterate, I did love this book. I know
Chris Hansen
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Have I taken crazy pills? Why is everyone so in love with this vastly inferior sequel? If you read Map of Time and do not see the ending a mile away, you're not paying attention. I kept hoping that the book would turn away from it's obvious resolution but it did not. I truly like the way the author writes but it seems that he doesn't feel satisfying resolution is necessity. It must be me. I have no intention of finishing this trilogy.
Amber Polo
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Like "The Map of Time", "The Map of the World" bends some genres in this historical fantasy with subtle outrageous humor. Palma reveals the secret of H, G, Wells’ inspiration as Wells might have written it. "The Map of the World" reads like Victorian classic.
To be savored slowly on a winter’s night before a fire.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, not-bad
super cool concept with incredible language and writing. the two favorites.
even though i didn't read the first book, the author completely caught me up on what was happening. i really liked that!
it was confusing at times, but it was part of the charm. this was a longer read, but i would still recommend.
Richelle Goodrich
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book much more than the first but not nearly as much as I liked the final book in the trilogy. By a twist of fate I happened to start off with the third book and came back round to the beginning. One thing I must admit is that Mr. Palma possesses an incredibly wild imagination.
Ricardo Moedano
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mentors
Just five stars is an insult: this book deserves, at least, an entire galaxy to condecorate it accordingly!!
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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 (Method

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Trilogía Victoriana (3 books)
  • The Map of Time
  • The Map of Chaos
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