A year ago, almost to the day, I added this book to my to-read list on GoodReads after seeing it in the bookstore. I didn’t really know anything about it, but the cover and title intrigued me and I was looking for possible titles to buy for my birthday. (Never ever doubt that a cover can pique interest…)
I snapped it up on the Kindle and promptly moved on to something else. A lot of something elses. (This is apparently a theme with me and books in general.)
The Map of Time finally came up in my queue on my Kindle and I dove right into it.
This is the first book by Spanish author, Félix J. Palma, that I have ever read. And, I have to admit it was quite a heady ride to read. When you read the synopsis and it says “…it’s a triple play of intertwined plots.” It isn’t joking. This can confuse a reader if they aren’t prepared for it. This particular style of writing is not for the faint of heart or readers that want a straight forward tale. It is, however, totally worth the read.
I love the concepts Palma explores through The Map of Time. His portrayal of Victorian London is quite possibly one of my favorites. Skeptics abound in world where Science & Fiction seem to be melding into one.
The single unifying entity through out the book is the author H.G. Wells, one of the “founding fathers” of what will become known as science fiction. Palma balanced his portrayal of the author beautifully by intertwining known facts within his fiction. I enjoyed every moment Wells appeared on the page.
As a reader I really enjoyed trying to parse out how events and characters were connected. As a writer I truly appreciated the homage Palma paid to a genre that inspired so many technical advances.