Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: #1 in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series
Publisher: Accent Press
Publication Date: 2013
The Short Version:
A story of time travel, history, adventure and plenty of humor along with a healthy dose of danger and a touch of romance.
Why I Read It:
It seemed like everyone in the LibraryThing 75 books group has been reading this book and enjoying it so I decided to give it a whirl.
From the publisher
“History is just one damned thing after another” – Arnold Toynbee
A madcap 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 quiet.
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 questions…and 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 wake …
I don’t get too caught up in the ‘correct science’ of time travel stories and I was encouraged to read this comment from the author at the beginning of the book:
I made all this up. Historians and physicists – please do not spit on me in the street.
I enjoyed the heck out of this one. It was fun and adventurous with some characters I liked and a few I despised. There were plenty of surprised along the way. Yes there are some huge leaps of logic, science and credulity but gosh darn it, it was fun.
Madeline Maxwell (Max) is invited by an old mentor to apply for a job at St. Mary’s and after a bit of a mysterious introduction she’s soon in training to become a member of the time traveling team.
Initially it all seems like a big fun adventure but soon the danger increases and she learns that it’s not all observing history and learning what really happened.
The book truly is just what the title suggests as “one damned thing after another” happens and I’m not going to say anything more because it would be spoilery. Mostly, I enjoyed the escapist story and will be reading the sequel.