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The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma
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Jul 04, 2012

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Verbose is a word that comes to mind when I think of this book, as in I would be afraid to start a conversation with the author in case it lasted for an entire year. Clearly Mr Palma loves literature and clearly he loves words and he did write some beautiful and lyrical prose. But at times I was tempted to shoot myself, or the book because it was soooooooo convoluted. Now I understand that he was emulating the Victorian style of description, but still man get to the damn point already!!!!! And the "dear reader" tone of the narrator wasn't my faves either--again I know this comes from the Vic age....but there is a reason it went out of fashion. Because it was annoying, presumptious and insipid. Hmmmmm. The book was good tho, the story interesting, the plot interesting, very true to the sci fi roots and it was quite obvi that Palma knew the genre, the history and the authors well. I loved that he used wells as the reluctant hero-- big fan of wells. It just went on and on and on. I am from the contemp age....you know the age that can't even use a full sentence without abbreviations because we have don't have any patience and are always short on time. So I would have liked a more concise, condensed version, personally. It took me like four days to read the damn thing-- I can't remember the last novel that took me four days of reading!
Not sure if I will read the next one......
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