Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Map of Time by Felix Palma, 612 pages
Gilliam Murray, in late nineteenth century London, is currently selling trips to London in the year 2000, site of the fateful battle between automans who have taken over and the remaining humans who are fighting for survival. H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine, must serve as go-between a girl from the past and humanity's last hope, Captain Derek Shackleton. Throw in a young man hoping to travel back in time to save his beloved street whore from Jack the Ripper, and you have a book that covers many years, many love stories, and many adventures.
"The Map of Time" was a highly entertaining book, with a complex interweaving of plots, superb character development, and an intriguing re-writing of history. Every time I thought I had figured out the plot, the author would completely take the novel in a new and unexpected way, but still completely believable. This was one of the most intriguing books I had read in a long time, I especially loved how actual historical figures were included, and how a single story could be shown, changing each time depending on the viewpoint of the character. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of time travel, history, or just an outstanding read.
It's really hard to describe this book without giving away important details, but this was a GREAT BOOK!