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New arrivals. Mary's Book Two. Jodi Taylor October 22, Add to Wishlist. Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, withess the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

But they must also confront an enemy intent on destroying St Mary's - an enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself to do it. Not okay. Why are you wearing a red snake in my office? Whose office should I be wearing it in? Jun 02, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: history , fiction , owned , fantasy-and-scifi , 21st-century , brit-lit.

Also fun for most of the proceedings. It's sort of clear that partly the issue Taylor's plotting is kind of just happening as the story happens and things occur to her. Which makes everything feel fairly gloriously spontaneous, but also means she doesn't consider things until she does because she's distracted by some other shiny thing she's interested in at the moment and we've all already thought of the thing because we're not quite as distracted with her ob Also fun for most of the proceedings.

Which makes everything feel fairly gloriously spontaneous, but also means she doesn't consider things until she does because she's distracted by some other shiny thing she's interested in at the moment and we've all already thought of the thing because we're not quite as distracted with her obsession, so we're skeptical. I felt like my reading experience was fairly give and take- going great- then issues- then great again- then more issues, etc.

I was surprised into laughing several times because Taylor does throwaway dialogue better than most, but I was also disappointed because the book regularly skips over the sort of human moments that make us all attach to characters or goes at them at such a high volume that it renders them unbelievable, particularly after she's sounded that note a few times.


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She's great at thinking of wonderful scenarios at which to point her characters, and does it with the childlike glee that only someone with a truly deep passion for a subject would be capable for evoking. But the game and individual fun scenes can sometimes come at the expense of plot coherence. It's good episodic fare right down to the "Curses, foiled again! Their weirdly distant, not-like-actual people relationship was odd enough to begin with- partially a function of Taylor deciding to foreground their relationship only when it suits her, partially due to the fact that some of her characters gain and lose character traits as she finds useful for a scene.

He seems lovely, and I'm sure with the attrition rate in this series, his SO is not long for the world. Team Tim, right here.

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Overall a fun sandbox, still, though. Mostly great energy, enjoyable scenarios to geek out at and pretend you're a part of. I think I'll save the rest of the series for the next time I'm sick, though.

I'd have wound up watching a bunch of Friends reruns anyway. Might as well do it with a version with more explosions and historical wish fulfillment. View 1 comment. Dec 11, Emma rated it really liked it Shelves: time-travel. This series is very funny and often a literal riot! They are cleverly plotted and the world of St Mary's is well conceived. In fact for me, St Mary's is the main character. In fact I think I want to live and work there. You could even add Carry On films to the mix. Very much enjoyed this. Looking forward to the next. This isn't the place to start with this series.

Read the first one before attemptin This series is very funny and often a literal riot! Read the first one before attempting this! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The second St. As always, I love these characters. They are the heart and soul of the novels, the biggest ups and downs come from reading about their I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Both have a chequered past, marred with not enough love and too much mistrust, and I enjoy seeing how their time together plays out. I admire that tenacity. As before, Jodi also has a knack for making you fall in love with the underrated characters too, and has no issues with completely ripping your heart out by taking them away at short notice. And it could be anyone. I feel like quite a bit of this book is Jodi experimenting with the genre.

The plot flits about, bouncing Max and co. Stories have a quick turn around, often ending quite abruptly and never mentioned again, and some are left quite open ended. I felt this was more Jodi playing around, and getting a feel for her characters and settings over a more structured, methodical approach.

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Already I can see an improvement in the writing from the previous novel, with timescales and the passing of contemporary time passing in a more realistic way. Yet again, Jodi is also able to get me excited and interested in area of history I never would have thought twice about. The St. To return to these books is like a giant comfort blanket for me one that sometimes delivers awful death blows , and I will continue to enjoy the stories for many years to come. View all 4 comments. After surviving numerous murder attempts, foiling a coup, and dropping T Rexes on her enemies' heads literally , Max has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer at St.

Using time travel pods, she and her colleagues can actually visit the periods they study, making them the luckiest historians ever. Of course, they also have a much higher mortality rate than most historians The book begins with a truly creepy investigation into Jack the Ripper--I actually shuddered at my d After surviving numerous murder attempts, foiling a coup, and dropping T Rexes on her enemies' heads literally , Max has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer at St.

The book begins with a truly creepy investigation into Jack the Ripper--I actually shuddered at my desk while reading. After barely scraping away from that misadventure, her partner leaves St Mary's but Max remains, devoted to history and her service to it. This particular volume of her adventures includes a visit to the Hanging Gardens and an interview with Mary Queen of Scots herself!

Lest my excited punctuation mislead you, let me mention that this series is not as inherently sweet as, say, Connie Willis's time traveling Oxford stories. The characters swear a great deal, and several of them go through torture, rape, severe bodily harm, or death. Max is a wonderfully drawn main character, unique and precise in her bloody-minded, stubborn, off-kilter mindset and methods, but she's gone through a great deal and her mind isn't always a pleasant place to be.

The dangers aren't gratuitous, however, but feel like a part of seeing gone-by wonders and being the nearly sole-owners of coveted advanced tech. And the grasp of history is good--I totally bought Queen Mary's court, and the details Max notices while there were exactly what I'd have wanted to figure out, where I there myself.

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I can't wait for the next installment of Max's adventures through time and space! Nov 10, Robyn rated it liked it Shelves: This was madcap fun as usual, but with a plot that I found a little too all over the place and an unsettling incident and attitude towards the end around sexual violence that prevented me from rounding up. And like that book, it also needs an editor's hand.

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There is also a sense of disjointedness about the plot. The first bit of plot concerns Jack the Ripper and this was far more creepy and disturbing than I expected. That part of the plot was resolved, but, coming as it did right at the beginning, I kept waiting for it to come up again and become part of a larger plot arc. It never did. It will be interesting to see if it appears in a later book - I would be really surprised if it doesn't - but as it is, it was left dangling a bit, unconnected to the rest of the plot.

Max is as semi-insane and funny as ever, and despite its glitches and imperfections I found it thoroughly enjoyable and extremely difficult to put down. Jul 12, Kaitlin rated it liked it. This is book 2 in the series and it's just as bonkers as the first one, but equally just as amusing. We once more follow the St. Mary's organisation of Historians who travel through time to see 'what really happened?

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Her adventures are often risky, but rewarding, and this book is no exception. The true British humour of this series This is book 2 in the series and it's just as bonkers as the first one, but equally just as amusing. The true British humour of this series really tickles me as I read it and makes me genuinely smile or giggle along. I constantly find myself getting drawn into the story, and then I have moments of rolling my eyes or smiling, along with the characters.

It really is so fast-moving and alarming at times that you have to be on the ball and absorbed, and I think Taylor has a great balance here. In this book we see our brave adventurers facing off against someone who is trying to disrupt St. Mary's and History itself. We follow them back to the time of the Dodo, to a meeting with a Queen although you'll have to read it to see which one , to discover a dubious Shakespeare play, and to see Thomas Becket. Amongst all the traveling and adventure you wouldn't think there was time for Tea, but in a British Time-Travel company Tea is always the priority : Highly recommend this wacky little series.

I would give this a 3. I didn't like this one half as much as the one before. It was just so disjointed and It actually left me not really wanting to read book three. The issues here are mostly the plot and all the filler stuff that happens for no reason. And there are some underlying world building problems. It starts out good but after that, it really, really slows down.