The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
From Amazon: Characters real and imaginary come vividly to life in this whimsical triple play of intertwined plots, in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history?
FÉlix J. Palma explores this provocative question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers from a haunting setting in Victorian London to a magical reality.
A rather large novel, but thoroughly enjoyable. Three separate and yet entwined tales of time travel and its peculiarities. The note that pulls them together is the author H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine, and the fervor he created when he introduced the idea of Time Travel itself to the masses.
Story one: A young British dandy spirals into a suicidal depression after the death of his true love at the hands of Jack the Ripper. His cousin enlists the help of H.G. Wells and time travel to save the dandy's life.
Story two: Tired of her dull existence, day after day of listening to her mother lecture and her suitors swoon, a young woman makes a decision. She will travel to the future and offer her services to the Captain of the remaining human forces in the year 2000 against the evil automaton army.
Story three: Someone is murdering people and leaving strange messages on the walls around their bodies. H.G. Wells is horrified to find the opening passage to his novel, the one he hasn't even published yet, scrawled above a dead body. Who is behind the deed, and how did they get his novel? He'll soon find out.
I fell in love with numerous characters and found it very amusing and fun to read. I found myself casting various characters in my head (I think Simon Pegg would make an amazing H.G. Wells...) as the story was moving along. It's not perfect by any means, but good popcorn reading.