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El mapa del tiempo

(Trilogía Victoriana #1)

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  11,141 ratings  ·  2,232 reviews
Londres, 1896. Innumerables inventos hacen creer al hombre que la ciencia es capaz de conseguir lo imposible, como demuestra la aparición de la empresa de Viajes Temporales Murray, que abre sus puertas dispuesta a hacer realidad el sueño más codiciado de la humanidad: viajar en el tiempo, un anhelo que el escritor H.G. Wells había despertado un año antes con su novela La m ...more
Hardcover, 628 pages
Published October 15th 2008 by Algaida (first published January 1st 2008)
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Velma
Jan 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone willing to edit it. heavily.
Time travel! Jack the Ripper! Automatons! What's not to love?!? Well, as it turns out, almost everything.

I know everyone else here is raving about it, but I could barely stomach The Map of Time; it took every ounce of stick-to-it-iveness I could muster to get through this convoluted, interminable literary maze. WHERE, I ask you, was the EDITOR in this hot mess? There is the kernal of a potentially good story here, had about 2/3 of the fat been excised. The only way it could have been more byzant
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Laura
I was so excited to get this book - the back flap suggests a Jasper Ffordian adventure starring H.G. Wells. However... not so much. This novel is in three parts, only lightly interwoven. One of those threads is H.G. Wells, another is Gilliam Murray and his Trip to the Year 2000. The author has written this as a pastiche of Victorian novels, filled with digressions, overly adjectived, and a tad rambling.

Part One is the story of Andrew, an upper-middle class boy who falls in love with a beautiful
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Traci
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, favorites
The less said about this book the better. Do you enjoy magic tricks even though it's all sleight of hand? Can you simply enjoy the construction of a novel? I loved every moment I spent with this new and talented author. A little bit of The Prestige, some Neil Gaiman, completely original. I'm not even sure where to put this title. Fantasy? Fiction? Science Fiction? Steampunk? It's all of these. One of the best, and one of my favorites, of the year. Beautifully written.
Marian
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated it. I hated the cliched, overwrought, terrible writing, I hated the conceit of the omniscient narrator/author who breaks in to speak directly the reader, I hated the characters. None of the characters are sympathetic or even interesting. The cast is divided into unlikable liars, and the pathetic, unrealistically stupid people who believe them. The only exception is the character of HG Wells, whom the author uses to smugly whine about how hard it is to write fantasy/sci-fi. It's insuffera ...more
Frances
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rollicking Good Fun!
Until I was several chapters into this book I was beginning to wonder if I wanted to continue. At times I groaned while reading, sometimes smiled, and often stopped to ponder certain paragraphs. It was a story of many things; imaginative, different, strange, but yet, soon became compelling enough to finish. When I finally read the last page, I felt I had been thoroughly entertained and pleased to have read such a creative and unique book.
Cortney
This book was a big disappointment to me. The cover, the synopses, the reviews all had me ready to read a book about the mysteries of time travel. Instead, set in late Victorian era London "The Map of Time" gives readers a bit of a love story, a bit of mystery, a bit of science fiction, even a bit of biography, but it fails to fully develop any of these aspects and left me feeling cheated on all fronts.

Palma does a fine job of setting the Victorian stage. Historical fiction lovers will gobble up
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Oscar
Este libro es todo un homenaje a los precursores de la ciencia ficción, y a H.G. Wells en particular. Mediante todo un collage de personajes reales y de ficción, de novelas y de películas clásicas pertenecientes al fantástico y la ciencia ficción, Félix J. Palma ha construido un nuevo producto que se vale por sí mismo.

Londres, 1896. La novela empieza con Andrew Harrington escogiendo una pistola con la que suicidarse. El porqué no se puede contar, ya que se va desvelando en el transcurso de los c
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Ana
Este livro é simplesmente genial!! A escrita entusiasmante e com apontamentos cómicos, rica em detalhes e pormenores apresenta-nos uma hábil mistura de personagens inventados com figuras histórias verídicas; de policial com ficção científica; de real com imaginário.
São-nos apresentadas três histórias com, aparentemente, pouco ou nada em comum, mas que se revelam interligadas por um sábio fio condutor, que nos deixam completamente viciados na história. Como se fosse o ar que respiramos, precisamo
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nettebuecherkiste
London, Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts: Der junge Andrew Harrington will sich das Leben nehmen. Vor Jahren wurde seine Geliebte Marie Kelly Opfer des berüchtigten Jack the Ripper und er meint, nicht mehr damit leben zu können. Sein engster Freund hat jedoch eine Idee für ihn: Ein Unternehmer bietet Zeitreisen in das Jahr 2000 an, er hat selbst schon an einer solchen teilgenommen und wurde im verwüsteten London Zeuge des furiosen Kampfes des Helden Derek Shackleton gegen die herrschenden Maschinenmens ...more
Angela
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
The Map of Time is a wonderful novel in three parts. In the first, H.G. Wells assists in traveling to the past to prevent a murder. In the second, H.G Wells bridges the gap between the future and the present. In the third, H.G. Wells must make a decision that will chart the course of the future. The fist two stories contain romantic elements while the third is a bit of a mystery. All of the stories overlap a bit bringing different characters together at different points in time. The end result i ...more
Metodi Markov
Роман, разположен удобно във Викторианска Англия и с главен герой писателят Х. Дж. Уелс!

Страхотно замислено, добре изпълнено и може би малко поразтеглено като история.

Определено си струва да се прочете!

Ще препрочета пак и "Машината на времето", минали са години откакто го направих за последен път.
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever start a book , get a few pages in, recognize that you are inextricably hooked already and jump for joy when you realize there are 600 more pages left to savour?

That's exactly how I felt after the first two chapters of Félix J. Palma's novel The Map of Time.

It started off in one of my favourite time periods - Victorian England - with an unknown narrator telling us of a young man's visit to Whitechapel in 1888- the time of Jack the Ripper - and more.

"Yes, I know that when I began this
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Laurie
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To finish this 600 page book, I had to do something unusual: take a break in the middle and read something else before going back to finish it. I’ve never done that before, but I had to get away from the all seeing, all knowing, all talking narrator who goes on like a garrulous guest at a party who traps you in the corner with an unending story. The story seems interesting, so you don’t flee outright, but you do keep an eye on potential escape routes.

I grabbed this book because it was set in Vi
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Tammy Dotts
The Map of Time presents three separate stories set in Victorian England. In the first, Andrew Harrington seeks to travel through time to save Jack the Ripper’s last victim, with whom Andrew was in love despite the differences in their social class. The second centers on Claire Haggerty’s desires to find a world where she belongs; she settles on the year 2000 when England has been overrun by robots. The final section has H.G. Wells determining which universe is real and which is merely a paralle ...more
Anna
Mar 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Review originally posted here: http://pocketfulofbooksblogger.blogsp...

I think this book was written just to annoy me. I am sitting here with 5 pages of notes which I made whilst reading it that detail approximately one hundred reasons why I detested it from the first page to the last and why my boyfriend was forced to read some parts aloud to me because I became physically unable to finish it without assistance...my impulse to put it down was just too strong. But I did it. And now I am going to
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William Thomas
Felix Palma is a fairly talented writer of prose, but not a talented storyteller. Not in the least. Although the writing is smooth and velvety, the book is actually a jumble of confused plot lines mixed up in a hundred different stories that do nothing to capture the imagination or tie up the frayed ends.

I'm not a fan of time-travel stories. I think they're terrifically lazy. They seem to me to be so popular because everyone fantasizes about traveling through time- mostly in some selfish way th
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J.K. Grice
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
This premise had incredible potential, and the story starts out great. However, it becomes a rather jumbled mess, being too chaotic and fragmented for my tastes. THE MAP OF TIME was a book where I just stopped caring about the characters and where they were headed.
Eve
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma succeeded for me in so many levels that it will be a challenge, albeit a pleasurable one, to adequately explain how satisfying it was. Curiously, my admiration for its execution has increased the more I reflect upon it.

If you’re a science fiction fan, most especially an H.G. Wells fan; if you love time travel stories; if you love Victorian novels (the way novels were written in the Victorian era and novels set in that time) – this is the book for you. The Map o
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Bry
Jul 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book so much. It is supposed to be an international phenomenon of a book. It is all about time travel, romance, history, and features H.G. Wells as a major character. All of that leads me to think it would be incredibly intriguing and probably make for a wild ride.

But this was SO NOT THE CASE.

The basic story is comprised of 3 parts - the first is about a man who is mourning the loss of a woman he loved and was slaughtered by Jack the Ripper, and is convinced he can go back
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Susana
Ora aqui está uma leitura agradável. Escrito duma forma inteligente, entrelaça várias histórias e acaba por prender imenso. Gostei mesmo.
Ranting Dragon
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle
http://www.rantingdragon.com/the-map-...


The Map of Time by esteemed Spanish author Felix J. Palma is a mesmerising work of literary fiction with speculative aspects and pays unabashed homage to H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Expertly translated from Palma’s native Spanish by Nick Caistor, The Map of Time is finally ready to enthrall English speaking readers with its lyrical prose and unique narrative voice.

Our story begins in 1896 London where H. G. Well’s latest ‘Scientific Romance’, The Time M
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Liv
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
After reading two chapters, 28 pages into the book, I decided to give up. There was no way that I would be able to suffer through the torture for 600+ pages.

The novel was set in a Victoria era. It read like a historical fiction, and the language used was very much “proper old-style English”. First off, I really did not like the way the author wrote these long-winded sentences, describing anything and everything in a flowery descriptive manner that drove me nuts. It took forever for the author to
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Abish
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because I heard it was a hit in the UK and the cover looked cool. I thought it would be a change from what I normally read (women's fiction). I ended up being disappointed. The book had some promise when it talked about time travel and Jack the Ripper but most of the book was slow and somewhat boring. I found myself skimming a lot to get through the 600 pages without wasting too much of my time.

The book starts out telling the tale of a miserable young man, Andrew, who
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Anna Casanovas
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
"El mapa del tiempo" es una novela muy arriesgada no solo por su estructua (el modo en que el narrador se relaciona con el lector es de verdad inusual) sino también por las tres historias principales que contiene. El vínculo entre estas historias y sus personajes son los viajes en el tiempo y que confluyen en la época victoriana. La ambientación a mí me ha recordado a la serie de televisión "Penny Dreadful" y la narración, en ciertos aspectos, a Julio Verne. Es una novela larga, pero al tener ta ...more
Leo C.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Qué puedo decir de esta novela? Que es una de las que dejan huella. Al menos a mi me la ha dejado. En principio, la escogí porque me atraen los viajes en el tiempo y me apetecía cambiar de género literario. Pensé que iba a ser muy parecida a "La Máquina del Tiempo". La verdad es que el autor le hace un buen homenaje al "Padre de la Ciencia Ficción" H. G. Wells.
La novela está dividida en tres historias que el autor narra muy bien y de un modo un tanto peculiar. Interviniendo de vez en cuando par
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Wart Hill
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Very interesting.

A little too much exposition in places, but overall I enjoyed it (despite taking insanely long to finish it...)
Miquel Codony
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it

Tengo la impresión de que El Mapa del Tiempo se ha convertido, después de 4 años desde su publicación y gracias, en parte, a la potente campaña promocional que ha acompañado a la publicación de su secuela (El Mapa del Cielo, Ed. Plaza & Janés), en la sensación de la literatura de género fantástico en nuestro país. Ha ganado un premio importante, ha recogido las mieles del éxito editorial y está teniendo una buena acogida entre el público y la crítica internacional. A poco que echéis un vista

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Paul Pessolano
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Map of Time” by Felix J. Palma, published by Atria Books.

Category – Sci/Fi/Fantasy

In Victorian England one could go to Murray’s Time Travel and be transported to the year 2000. They could witness the climatic conclusion of a fight for world domination between Solomon, the King of the Automatons, and Captain Derek Shackleton, the last hope for the human race.

The story begins with Andrew Harrington, from a well to do family, contemplating taking his life because his new found love, a prostitut
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Timothy Lewis
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Tim: I just finished this book and I have to say it has one of the biggest jaw dropping reveals that I've seen or read. This is what M. Night Shyamalan could only wish he could do with every story he tells. Map of Time by Felix J. Palma has me wanting to read it all over again, just so I can find the clues that were there for the taking. There are three stories, told by a third party narrator, that interweave in and out of each other like a well choreographed tango. Each player knows the part th
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Brooke
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
I was expecting this to be a time-consuming read, but it was actually written in a rather breezy style and I had a lot of fun with it. It was far more a time travel fantasy than it was science fiction-y. It actually reminded me of The Anubis Gates in quite a few ways. The book is comprised of three separate stories, but they all feature H. G. Wells and contain clever links to each other.
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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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Trilogía Victoriana (3 books)
  • The Map of the Sky (Trilogía Victoriana, #2)
  • The Map of Chaos (Trilogía Victoriana, #3)
“(...) ¿qué era el tiempo si nadie podía medirlo, si nada podía acusar su paso? El tiempo solo se mostraba en las hojas secas, en las heridas que cicatrizaban, en la carcoma que devoraba, en el óxido que se extendía, y en los corazones que se cansaban. Si nadie estaba allí para señalarlo, el tiempo no era nada, absolutamente nada.” 15 likes
“He had learned from experience that what he succeeded in putting down on paper was only ever a pale reflection of what he had imagined, and so he had come to accept that this would only be half as good as the original, half as acceptable as the flawless, unachievable novel that had acted as a guide, and which he imagined pulsating mockingly behind each book like some ghostly presence.” 13 likes
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