The Map of the Sky by Felix J Palma
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1898. New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry well-to-do Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he first accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the Martian invasion featured in H. G. Wells’s popular novel The War of the Worlds. Meanwhile in London, Wells himself is unexpectedly made privy to certain objects, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, that were discovered decades earlier on an ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic. On that same expedition was an American crew member named Edgar Allan Poe, whose inexplicable experiences in the frozen wasteland would ultimately inspire him to create one of his most enduring works of literature.

When eerie, alien-looking cylinders begin appearing in London, Wells is certain it is all part of some elaborate hoax. But soon, to his great horror, he realizes that a true invasion of Earth has indeed begun. As brave bands of citizens converge on a crumbling London to defend it against utter ruin, Emma and her suitor must confront the enigma that is their love, a bright spark of hope even against the darkening light of apocalypse.

Palma dazzled readers with his instant New York Times bestseller The Map of Time. In The Map of the Sky, he embarks on an even more thrilling speculative journey, one that links the earth and the heavens, the familiar and the bizarre, the impossible and the inevitable.
 

About Felix J Palma

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Félix J. Palma has been unanimously acclaimed by critics as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time. The Map of Time was his first book published in the United States. He lives in Spain.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Atria Books. 610 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Having used H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine as the starting point for 2011’s The Map of Time, Palma now takes The War of the Worlds as the basis for this top-notch sequel. In 1898, shortly after the pub

Jul 20 2012 | Read Full Review of The Map of the Sky: A Novel

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In 1898, shortly after the publication of that tale of a Martian invasion of England, Wells accepts a lunch invitation from Garrett Serviss, an American writer who has penned a continuation in which Thomas Edison leads a contingent of Earth space ships to the red planet to seek revenge.

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BC Books

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Author Palma truly bamboozles readers of his book as he combines all of the above places, events, and promises, into a realistic novel that successfully brings them together in a believable, yet fictitious way.

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BC Books

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Leaning against a wall beside the coffin stands a strange saucer-like machine believed to be the mode of transportation used by the creature in the coffin.

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Book Reporter

I enjoyed the odd historical figure thrown in, Edgar Allan Poe for example, and Palma does a good job of not making you feel as if he’s tossing out names, but instead creating enough back story for that character to make sense in the full context of the book.

Sep 14 2012 | Read Full Review of The Map of the Sky: A Novel

AV Club

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But those moments never reach the impact he delivered in The Map Of Time, making The Map Of The Sky feel flat by comparison.

Oct 15 2012 | Read Full Review of The Map of the Sky: A Novel

Huffington Post

Palma looks at Edgar Allan Poe's novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" and ponders what event in Poe's life compelled him to write such an adventure.

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Fantasy Literature

Wells returns in The Map of the Sky, but this time the story uses The War of the World as its core, though Palma also brings in a slew of other literary/cinematic touchstones including John W.

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Red Room

Herbert George Wells intends to meet the American writer who wrote a sequel to War of the Worlds and Wells intends to give Serviss a large piece of his mind.

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Upcoming4.Me

After revisiting “The Time Machine”, a novel that had me obsessed as a child, I asked myself what contemporary readers would think of Wells’ novel reading it now, given that they live during a time that science has made spectacular progresses that make the impossible now seem attainable.

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When fourteen year-old Angie hears these simple words uttered from her aging grandfather's lips, she has no idea that it will send her on a journey into a hidden world of magic born from childhood imagination - one that bonds each and every one of us to our own unique spark, a special talisman wi...

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