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Read & Download Just One Damned Thing After Another · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î History is just one damned thing after anotherBehind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's a different kind of historical research is taking place They don't do 'time travel' they 'investigate major historical events in Ong move and History will fight back to the death And as they soon discover it's not just History they're fightingFollow the catastrophe curve from 11th century London to World War I and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria For wherever Historians go chaos is sure to follow in their wake. Unfortunately I seem to have enjoyed this read a lot less than the rest of my MacHalo buddies I really wanted to like it based on trusted buddy reviews but nopeThe premise fascinating Especially the part about history fighting to preserve itself like a living entityThe characters a brilliant variety of realistic freaksThe storyline fast paced and creative So what's the problem The writing If I had to describe it in one word and this is just what I refer to it in my head; please don't take me too seriously it would be British Namely dry wry and matter of fact If ever there was emotion involved in the plot you wouldn't know it from Jodi Taylor's tone all throughout her book Sometimes this wordy style really works to the advantage of the storyteller and gives humor and personality to every scene my best example for a successful pull off of British style writing would be Terry Pratchett Unfortunately Jodi Taylor's attempt didn't sit as well with me and because of that my enjoyment of Just One Damned Thing After Another was seriously dampened Too bad Perhaps I will give To Say Nothing of the Dog a try as I've heard Jodi Taylor may have gotten her inspirationideas from this very similar series

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History is just one damned thing after anotherBehind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's a different kind of historical research is taking place They don't do 'time travel' they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time' Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power esp. The title unfortunately describes the way this book is plotted Things happen and they are sort of loosely slung together with very little sense of time passing at one point the protagonist notes she's known another character for five years and I genuinely thought only a single year had passed since their meeting at the beginning of the novel and with absolutely no character development No characters at all really Taylor's creations seem to turn on a dime depending on whatever the plot plot dictates Out of nowhere one character is suddenly revealed to be a sexual predator because Taylor needs the reader to hate him now The love interest up and screams at the protagonist also out of nowhere forangst I guess Oh and some rando background character suddenly calls the protagonist a slut andsexually attacks her Of course I see of a pattern here than to the plot and it's grossThe main character has no personality except to be perfect at everything and drive evil people to fits of revealing rage classic Mary Sue stuff I get annoyed with the overuse and misuse of that term but it really applies here Max feels like a self insert She her love interest and the innumerable interchangeable secondary characters are all amazingly under characterized and flatly written I couldn't describe a single one of them to you nor could I tell them apart much of the time Which one was Markham and which was Murdoch again Early in the book Max notes that she often does not react to things in a normal way but this is never used to make a point about her history or to develop her character as the story progresses; instead it feels like Taylor simply did not know how to write realistic reactions to situations and was using this as an excuseAnd nothing else makes sense either You have a secret but not all that secret if it's known by a major university and receives assignments time travel organization which for some reason is severely understaffed At one point they only have four historians aka time travelers working for them and don't hire but no real ualification seems necessary Like Max makes a big deal about how rigorous the training is but without actually conveying that in any way and it's also not explained why they can't just recruit people for the training in the first place Max's specialty as a historian is brought up but then she never works on anything related to it They send her back to study dinosaurs when her speciality was ancient Greek and Roman civ You guys couldn't recruit some paleontologists As a time travel book this novel makes poor use of its subject In fact nearly no use the main conceit of historians using time travel in their studies was done better many times over by Connie Willis; the big twist is the starting point for many other time travel narratives and seemed so obvious that the characters not figuring it out sooner just makes them look dumb On the most basic level St Mary's does not seem like a fun or exciting organization to work for so why would I want to read about it This book was baffling for me from start to finish; I kept waiting for it to get going then to get better It didn't Now I wish I could go back in time and not bother

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Just One Damned Thing After AnotherEcially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too uietMeet the disaster magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History Their aim is to observe and document to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered uestionsand not to die in the process But one wr. 1 JUNE 2020 UPDATE The Kindle edition of this wonderful delightful first book in the Chronicles of St Mary's is only 99¢ TODAYRating 4 of fiveThe Publisher Says “History is just one damned thing after another” Arnold Toynbee A mapcap new slant on history that seems to be everyone's cup of tea Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's a different kind of historical research is taking place They don't do 'time travel' they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time' Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too uiet Meet the disaster magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History Their aim is to observe and document to try and find the answers to many of History's unanswered uestionsand not to die in the process But one wrong move and History will fight back to the death And as they soon discover it's not just History they're fighting Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh century London to World War I and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria For wherever Historians go chaos is sure to follow in their wakeA story of history time travel love friendship and tea Meet the disaster magnets at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around history observing documenting drinking tea and if possible not dying Follow the catastrophe curve from eleventh century London to World War I and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria Discover History – The New SexMy Review With a healthy dollop of the Old Sex tossed in for good measureAddictiveCrack level addictive This book was free still is last I looked on for the Kindle I've gently recommended stop laughing that others would do well to avail themselves of the free goodness I slurped it up in one long day Because well how does one not fall under the spell of a short buxom foul mouthed redhead whose purpose in life is to cock a snook at Authority and go about the business of making the Cretaceous safe for Dinosaurkind despite the fact that we all know how it ends for themWhile not incidentally nourishing a serious and well reuited pash for a dark haired omnicompetent uiet dynamo of a man fighting most satisfactorily against the evil hearted plotting of a seriously tall and elegant femme fatale in the best and most literal senses of that term and battling to save THE LIBRARY AT ALEXANDRIAAnd so much Does anyone remember the Paratime series by H Beam Piper Darn good fun similar in nature to this series in that the Paratime Police dash about trying to maintain the intended course of History The difference is that this series assumes there is One History as opposed to Paratime's many many historys in a multiverse Both have their strong points from a narrative structural angle and their weaknessesKnowing how pantiwadulous so very many people become at the merest whiff of a spoiler eyeroll I will say that Taylor's History has a verypersonalstake in the Universe Go find out fer yer darnselfNow Nothing is flawless No book is absent goofs errors infelicities This one is no exception The only one I feel it necessary to mention in this context is that age old problem of time travel stories getting it all to hang together Several characters are set up with a specific backstory that to the reader would lead them to know of their own personal knowledge certain other characters Yet they don't But they do know other things that fit within the backstory That's an oops momentThe others merest minor gaffe lets Punctuation spacing errors the odd repeated word blah blah blah Nothing that merits than a grunt of annoyance And each of those is measured against several laughs a few giggles a large number of grins and the odd sniffleback at moments of sentiment The less disciplined will shed a tear or two or stand accused of heartlessnessIn short Excellent fun for the reader in need of fun thrills and a larger sense of significance that can easily be ignored if the mood is light Free Now what on earth are you waiting for Free Go GO This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License