Review: “Christmas Present” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

Christmas PresentHow do you balance the heavy subject matter of lovers lost in time, potential suicide, and imminent attack by Boudicca’s army?

Add a giant pig, of course. 

This Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story plugs a hole in the narrative that is touched upon in the main books, featuring our heroes (Max, Peterson, and Markham, obviously) on a rescue mission. Christmas Eve seemed like an odd time for such an attempt, but Taylor’s deft use of (literal) deus ex machina made for (literal) perfect timing on all accounts.

Though I wouldn’t have made this story into a novel, I think there was room in the narrative for a bit more length. Or perhaps that’s because I’m happy to spend any time with these characters.

(No, I’m not going to stop making time puns in my review of this series.)

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Currently reading: “The Very First Damned Thing” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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