Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1) by Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)

"History is just one damned thing after another."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-magne...

Details Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)

TitleJust One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)
Release DateJun 1st, 2016
PublisherNight Shade Books
Number of pages480 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Reviews Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)

  • Brad
    What a surprisingly delightful Time Travel novel!I mean, if it wasn't for the great characters, and there were a ton of them, this book was still full of snark right down to the foundations. (And even sometimes under the foundations!) But even so, no one could hold a candle to Maxwell. I've never read a character so simultaneously dense about sex and love and so very, very brilliant and adaptable than her, while all the while being brainy, clumsy...
  • Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
    Crappy Review Time: I loved it! The description says “madcap” and “disaster magnets” and that describes this perfectly. Miss Maxwell (“Max”) gets recruited to be part of a team of historians who go back in time to study and observe famous events. Nothing ever goes right, but it always works out in the end. Maybe a few people die, but hey, this is a dangerous business! Who knew being a historian was so dangerous?!I adored this. It was ...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: “History is just one damned thing after another” - Arnold Toynbee A mapcap 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 w...
  • Carol.
    Madeleine Maxwell has had two pivotal moments in her life to date. Her second moment arose after a former teacher suggested applying for a job as a Historian at St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research. During the interview, St. Mary’s is cagey about the exact nature of their work, but once Maxwell accepts the job, she discovers they are historians who use time travel to correct historical inaccuracies. St. Mary’s has a certain eccentric...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Well, that was a wild ride! It's a time travel tale, but doesn't get hung up on the theory or mechanics of it. The plot races around from place to place and event to event, and I just raced around with it. Mostly it's about the adventures -- conspiracies! dinosaurs! -- but there's also some deeper stuff going on. In the cold light of morning, I'm going to say 3.5 stars because there are several inconsistencies in plot and characterization. (view ...
  • Helen 2.0
    Unfortunately I seem to have enjoyed this read a lot less than the rest of my MacHalo buddies. I really wanted to like it, based on trusted buddy reviews, but nope.The premise: fascinating. Especially the part about history fighting to preserve itself, like a living entity.The characters: a brilliant variety of realistic freaks.The storyline: fast-paced and creative. So what's the problem? The writing. If I had to describe it in one word (and thi...
  • Trish
    I've done it! I can't believe I finished this book and am still alive! Just so you don't get the wrong idea: it was that thrilling and gut-wrenching!Boy-oh-boy. The book has history, alternating funny and dark moments, some memorable characters, more history and lots and LOTS of timey-wimey stuff! How on Earth could I not have loved it?! :DLet's start at the beginning (and bear with me, this might take a while).This book is about an institute tha...
  • Choko
    *** 4 ***A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks:) We believe that discovering history is the new sex!!! At least, this is what Max, Madeleine Maxwell, the young historian from the St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, would like us to believe:) I kind of agree with her - history is almost as good as very good sex, but only if you can relate to it. And in this book, the researchers at St. Mary's are doing more than relating to history - the...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/05/30/...What a fun little time travel book! As someone who frequently goes trawling through Audible’s site looking for sci-fi and fantasy releases, I often see the audiobooks in this series pop up in my recommendations and I’ve always been curious about them. Now the first book is finally being released in the US in print (seven volumes are already available in the UK, where th...
  • Trin
    The title unfortunately describes the way this book is plotted. Things happen, and they are sort of loosely slung-together, with very little sense of time passing (at one point the protagonist notes she's known another character for five years, and I genuinely thought only a single year had passed since their meeting at the beginning of the novel) and with absolutely no character development. No characters at all, really: Taylor's creations seem ...
  • Elizabeth
    A thoroughly amusing and gripping time-travel adventure that was all the more enjoyable for being so thoroughly British in its approach. At the very special research unit of St Mary's there exists the academic discipline of practical history - that is, time travel. And with all the rigour, excitement, politics, bickering, and drama of a real academic department, the historians of St Mary's are busy gathering data when events become rather more ac...
  • Jamie Lymer
    Well where to begin ? The book really grabbed my interest at first, and I thought the premise of the story was good. However, some of the actions of the principal characters did not appear to be inkeeping with their previous behaviour - making them unbelievable. Also from the description of the book I expected there to be a lot of detailed, historical content and there just wasn't - not enough to satisfy any history buffs anyway and that disappoi...
  • Allison
    I really enjoyed this time travel adventure, and that's in spite of the high body count. Who knew that being a historian could be so hazardous? Many of the deaths are sudden and meaningless. I'm a little nervous at what that means for characters in future installments, but for now I'm happy that the ones I actually cared about made it.The book was not without issues, but I found them easy to overlook and just went along for the ride. For example,...
  • Miriam
    A fun and funny frolic. Very amusing prose and fast-paced action. There is no attempt to explain the mechanics of time travel and very little effort to make sense of what it is being used for and why. You have to be in the right mood to accept that; easier done in the first half, which is quite light, but gets harder in the second half, when unexpectedly darker events take place. A couple incidents and and inconsistencies had me on the verge of l...
  • Emma
    Absolutely brilliant! This book was far more than I expected. I expected a fun romp. It was. It was fast- paced and funny and action packed. But it also had a clever plot, great characters and provided an original and unique look at time travel. Strongly recommended.
  • Kaitlin
    I'd give this one an easy 4* rating as I don't think I've ever read a book where quite so much happens in such a short space of time, but yet it's also truly amusing and works. I honestly think that this story is wacky, odd, funny and bizarre, and pretty much everything I hoped it would be and more!We follow a young lady, Miss Maxwell (a.k.a. Max) who is just graduating and applies for a job at a The University of Thirsk as a historian. Little do...
  • Orient
    I enjoy a well-written time travel story, and I really, really thought that “Just One Damned Thing After Another “might be one. But it wasn't, I just read for educational, scientific purposes and kept urging the plot: “Come on, give me my bone, I’m digging for!” No bone, no happy reader.But let’s start from the beginning. At first I was struck by the lack of some punctuation marks or just missing letters (I thought that it was a bad e...
  • Allie
    Very much enjoyed that. {Thanks, Brad and Trish!}First things first: I knew straight away that I loved Jodi Taylor's sense of humour. At first I was convinced that she was Australian (I love Australian humour!), but after sifting through articles of a porn actress with the same name, I learned she's from the UK. Still great humour. Besides referring to the family as an invention of the devil (come on, that's hilarious!), here's just a couple exam...
  • HBalikov
    It’s way too easy to lapse into spoilers, so here are the essentials - What I liked:- Time Travel for the Right Reasons (and they can go anywhere to any time period)- Certified historians verify what is in the history books and resolve controversies.- Can these academics avoid danger long enough to find out the truth?- Oh, did I mention that they are all Brits adept at droll wit and slinging a lot of current slang about?The prime character is M...
  • Jana
    O. M. G. This Should Be A Movie. Or a TV series. Or both!!! Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor caught me first off by the title. Brilliant! Then the opening chapters, feeling almost like a grown up Harry Potter, except no magic. Brilliant! I'll admit, at first I was a little confused with names and which character was which, but after that, it was off to the races. For anyone who's ever daydreamed of time travel and how cool that ...
  • Eva
    I am angry with this book. I so wanted to like it. It is not one of those one stars where you just can't get hooked by the story, and leave it after 30 pages. It started out so well. But there are gaps in the storyline, the caracters are sketchy at the best, sometimes doing things that are not in line with their previous caracteristics. The plot is oveer 5 years but there is no developement. And you don't get a real explanation as to why somebody...
  • Christina ~ Brunette Reader
    3,5 Stars "[...] the St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research. [...] Their work inclines more toward the practical side of historical research." Read "practical side of historical research" as "time travel of the first order" and you'll get an appealing offer a young and smart historian such as Madeleine Maxwell can't refuse. From medieval England to WWI France, from the Cretaceous period, where the dinosaurs seem to be the least dangerous cr...
  • Roslyn
    This was a great deal of fun. It was quite dark in many ways - there are some nasty characters and many violent deaths - but this was offset by the quirky, funny, intelligent voice of Max, the narrator. I enjoy the way most time travel stories end up involving paradoxes, like a dog chasing its own tail, and this was no exception. Matching the narrator's voice is the picture she paints of the time-travelling institution to which the narrator is ad...
  • Tammy K.
    I did it! I completed this book! Yippy. Do I recommend it? No, sorry. The time travel paradox logic fails miserably. I found myself arguing with the characters (author) about the characters current actions vs their previous statements.The characters were all over the place. Their motivations were disconnected to their character build up. The Romance/sex scenes was out of the blue. Awkwardly placed. They did not read like any experience that I wou...
  • Angie
    I picked up this book for two reasons. First the title made me chuckle to myself and second what at a quick glance was a cup of coffee, though I know better now that it is a cup of tea. I didn't even read the synopsis, I just clicked download and moved on looking for other little tid bits. At about 10 pm last night I cracked open my kindle and shuffled threw those tid bits and set myself to read this oh so very wonderful book. I haven't slept yet...
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    First person narrative. We get to know the setting together with the main protagonist, Max. A lot of names and character descriptions are dumped on the reader in the first chapter. By page eight I was hopelessly confused about who was who and looked how. A quarter into the book our main character had learned her new job (cheating and avoiding jobs you don't like are apparently acceptable behavior) and was on her first real assignment. I was mildl...
  • Robyn
    3.5 stars that I'm rounding up to 4 because it was just plain fun. Exactly what I needed right now - a unserious, funny book about historians who are secretly time-travellers. Tea-guzzling time travellers engaged in a war with the future. What more can you ask for?