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

I 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 […]

Review: “The Steam Pump Jump” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short) by Jodi Taylor

This short story very much needs the context of pretty much all of the novels in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series so far to understand the detail of what’s going on. But otherwise, it’s a “typical” St. Mary’s lark, full of the usual shenanigans and mayhem (#disastermagnets). And as an added bonus, it’s from […]

Review: “The Battersea Barricades” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story) by Jodi Taylor

Finally, some “history” of the world of St. Mary’s! Taylor’s authorial voice makes pages and pages of expository narrative delightful rather than boring. Even more fascinating, this time she’s not talking about something “real” — this time the historical events are all from her imagination. I loved every intricate detail of it. The more specific […]

Review: An Argumentation of Historians (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #9) by Jodi Taylor

Call me blasphemous, because I am a huge fan of this series…but I’m getting a bit bored with fighting Clive Ronan. I still enjoyed the hell out of this book, despite the slow start. One thing I did appreciate about it is seeing the evolution of St. Mary’s relationship with the Time Police. They’ll never […]

Review: “Christmas Past” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s short story) by Jodi Taylor

Though this review won’t get posted until after the holiday itself, this story was easily one of my favorite Christmas presents this year. Taylor blows me away with her ability to weave humor and heartbreak into the same passages. Though this story didn’t have quite as much of the usual St. Mary’s shenanigans, it was […]

Review: AND THE REST IS HISTORY (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #8) by Jodi Taylor

I am finally caught up on everything in this series, and now I have to wait for the next installment! I picked up the first book just under a year ago, and I think that I’m thrilled to be up to book number 8 (plus all the short stories) in such a short period of […]

Review: “My Name is Markham” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story” by Jodi Taylor

This short story is very different from anything else in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series specifically for what is says on the tin: The narrator of this story is security officer Markham rather than historian Max. Now, this isn’t the first time this has happened (see “The Very First Damned Thing”, narrated by none […]

Review: “The Great St. Mary’s Day Out” (A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

While I have to wonder at the logic of involving time travel in a holiday for this lot of miscreants, considering all the things that go wrong normally, I have to admit that the story wouldn’t really work, otherwise. (Though I do have faith that they’d get up to the same sort of trouble during […]

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

It was very, very cool to not only get a glimpse of the origins St. Mary’s but also a peek into Dr. Bairstow’s head. At this point in the series, seeing his relationships with the people that he intentionally sought to staff St. Mary’s was more interesting than the jump to Waterloo (despite the delightful […]

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

How 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.