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Tidskortet (2008)

af Félix J. Palma

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London, 1896. Andrew Harrington's lover Marie Kelly was murdered by Jack the Ripper and he longs to turn back the clock and save her. Meanwhile, Claire Haggerty, forever being matched with men her family consider suitable, yearns for a time when she can be free to love whom she choses. As their quests converge, it becomes clear that time is the problem -- to escape it or to change it. Hidden in the attic of popular author -- and noted scientific speculator -- H.G. Wells is a machine that might offer them the hope they need!… (mere)
  1. 10
    The Anubis Gates af Tim Powers (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: The Anubis Gates and The Map of Time blur the line between Science Fiction and Fantasy, presenting intricately plotted time travel stories with a hint of Mystery that feature appearances by 19th-century literary figures alongside more fantastical elements.… (mere)
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    Dancers at the End of Time af Michael Moorcock (brianc6)
    brianc6: A wonderful story of time travel and the 19th century.
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There are three major parts to this book. Hints of the book's structure gradually appear in the first two parts, and it is fully revealed in all their jewel-like intricacy in the third part, which gets dizzyingly self-referential by the end.

I liked the intricacy of the third part, although not the ultimate conceit that is revealed at the very end.

But the overall unpleasantness of the first two parts outweighs my enjoyment of the intricacy. I simply don't enjoy novels that focus on venal, cynical, self-serving characters, or that have a secondary focus on genitalia and bodily functions. Yuck.

Clever, but not at all to my taste.
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  VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
Wow! I am not sure how the author kept track of all that is going at the same times (and different versions of the same times), but he did. Very original and interesting. .. ( )
  rendier | Dec 20, 2020 |
While I enjoyed this book, I was oddly conflicted both while reading it, and now that I've finished it. There are certainly elements about the book (largely structural) that I could fault, and there were times when I felt quite annoyed with it. Yet the characters were interesting and the story engrossing for the most part. The time period was excellently portrayed, and I loved the use of H.G. Wells as a major player.

There were things going on in the storyline that I figured out very early, but I am not sure that that wasn't the author's intent. And there's a very late introduction of a science-fictional element that left me thinking it was left *too* late--I sometimes had the feeling that the story had gotten out of the author's control. And yet the storyline holds many complexities that argue for a book that absolutely had to be plotted out in detail beforehand. Like I said--I'm conflicted. I don't know that there's much more I can say without including spoilers. I should mention that my (very well-read) sister and brother-in-law both enjoyed the book hugely and were not bothered by the structural storytelling issues--so maybe it was just me.

My rating is probably more of a 3.5 for those bits that bothered me, but the very skillful writing rounds it up to a 4. :) ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
I was more than 2/3 done with this book, when I sat down at the dining room table and described the whole thing to my sister. In about 10 minutes. The way I described it, both of us agreed that it sounded very interesting. And it was. interesting. but it wasn't thrilling. exciting. moving.

I tend to stay away from spoilers in reviews because I feel like... reviews with spoilers (or comprised largely of spoilers and not much else) are only devices to, effectually, "preach to the choir" (or find out if the choir agrees with you). So with that in mind, let me tell you what I liked, with an understanding that I'm treading delicately so as not to spoil the many twists and turns and discoveries that make this book worth reading.

The book is well written, there's no question about that. Palma managed to write an essentially historical fiction, that just happened to include discussions about and discoveries involving time travel. Sort of. And it's that "sort of" that was probably most frustrating to me. The novel was more historical fiction (i.e., more history) than I had really signed up for, and is probably more time travel than the typical historical fiction reader signs up for. Don't get me wrong, I can get behind a good historical fiction novel with the best of 'em, it just wasn't what I was expecting with a book called the Map of Time, described as this one was, and reviewed as this one was. I wanted to travel through time... and quickly! Alas, that is not the path of this book.

And yet. As I said, Palma wrote a good book. There is a lot of setting, character development, and background. And not as much action and plot-movement. But the setting, the character development, and the background were very well crafted. Palma made me not only purchase several HG Wells books after I finished the Map of Time, but I also researched Wells a bit and even continued to look into certain aspects of his life/works weeks after having finished the Map of Time. I also found myself researching the existence of other characters or events described in the book, to find out how much of what Palma wrote about was accurate, based in history, or just completely made up. Any book that makes me do extra research is an interesting book.

So it's worth reading. But the plot? let's see, how to describe without spoiling.... There are two primary stories that are told, largely separately, that are connected by the famous Mr. Wells, and perhaps by other, tenuous threads that are interesting but not the meat of the sandwich. In the first, an incredibly depressed young man sets about to end his life, much to the dismay of his nearly identical cousin. Palma starts there, but then backtracks to provide the reason, the characters, the emotion behind such a decision. And, ultimately, of course, H.G. Wells becomes involved. But to say more about that line is to spoil some of the many surprises. The Second story centers around an allegedly charming, but notably disgruntled young lady who wants more out of life than just falling in love with one of the duds available to her. Needless to say, H.G. Wells also becomes enmeshed in her story. Then there are the many side stories, back stories, and peripheral stories, each of which is complete and satisfying, yet not so plentiful or involved so as to detract from the main stories. I know. Not as much "so what's it about" as you'd like. But, as I said above, I cannot spoil a good story.

At the end of the day, the book was really good, but not great. It was very well written, intriguing, and well told. But I didn't escape completely into it. I didn't forget who I was while I was reading it. I just read it. Enjoyed it. And passed it on.

Overall, FOUR out of five stars.
Recommended for people who like historical fiction w/ a touch of time travel... or time travel, supported by a heavy base of historical fiction.

**This and other reviews can be found at AllBookReviewer.blogspot.com ( )
  avanders | Nov 23, 2020 |
De ongelooflijke ervaring van tijdreizen

Londen, 1896. Verbazingwekkende uitvindingen hebben de wereld ervan overtuigd dat de wetenschap het onmogelijke kan bereiken. Het bewijs daarvan is de nieuwe Time Travel Company, die iemand kan laten reizen in de tijd. Claire Haggerty maakt er dankbaar gebruik van en reist van de negentiende naar de twintigste eeuw, waar ze een tijdloos liefdesavontuur beleeft met een man van de toekomst.
Andrew Harrington wil juist naar het verleden reizen, naar 1888, om zijn geliefde te redden. Maar voor sommigen betekent tijdreizen gevaar?

Een boeiende, uitstekend geschreven roman, die in drie verhaallijnen met het idee van tijd speelt en de lezer voortdurend voor subplots, verrassingen en raadsels stelt tot de mooie ontknoping aan het eind.
  fasterik | Oct 16, 2020 |
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Though the novel occasionally moves slowly, there is so much going on that one is almost grateful for being able to take a breath, before being whisked back into the adventure. And that is what The Map of Time truly is, despite its steampunkish inclinations, and a bit of masquerading as literary science fiction: a rollicking good adventure yarn that, with a nudge and a wink and a bit of sleight of hand, is sure to leave delight in its wake and a smile on one’s face. And that, Dear Reader, is really all one can ask for.
 
Palma wanders in and out of genres—is his book science fiction? literary fiction? fantasy? Whatever the answer, it’s great fun to read, particularly for those with a bent for counterfactual history.
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The distinction between past, present and future is an illusion, but a very persistent one.
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Mankind's most perfectly terrifying work of art is the division of time.
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London, 1896. Andrew Harrington's lover Marie Kelly was murdered by Jack the Ripper and he longs to turn back the clock and save her. Meanwhile, Claire Haggerty, forever being matched with men her family consider suitable, yearns for a time when she can be free to love whom she choses. As their quests converge, it becomes clear that time is the problem -- to escape it or to change it. Hidden in the attic of popular author -- and noted scientific speculator -- H.G. Wells is a machine that might offer them the hope they need!

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