Review: “And Now For Something Completely Different” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

and now for something completely differentI love when stories are exactly what they say on the tin, but when the St. Mary’s crew is involved, you know it’s still going to outrageous. The Christmas story for 2018 features very little Christmas and a lot of planetary-hopping shenanigans. As someone who follows the current research into getting the first human to Mars, this story made for an excellent holiday gift to myself.

This entire story reminded me very much of an episode of Doctor Who, from the questionable logic the characters use to the actual events of the plot. Not everything gets resolved, so the possibility lingers that a greater power than Historians or Time Police might be involved, which very well could be a madman in a box.

Taylor mentions that part of the purpose of this story is working out some the kinks in her Time Police characters. They definitely grew on me here, so I hope to see them in future installments of this series.

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

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 (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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