Book Review: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Three Stars)

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Book Review: Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1) by Jodi Taylor

(Three Stars)

“Gripping the edge of the console, I shouted, ‘No, no, no, no!’ and began to thump the panel. Strangely, this failed to work at all.

A fun time travel fantasy told from the point of view of a “disaster magnet” protagonist, who is too stupid to live. Unfortunately, it’s those around her who die. Fascinating to see what new ways she invents to endanger herself and everyone around her.

“Always nice to see someone who’s even more of a disaster magnet than I am. ‘Maybe we’ll cancel each other out,’ he whispered. ‘Like white noise.’ Fat chance!”

Perky, snide inner voice which adds perspective as well as humor. Clear, conversational prose propels the reader forward; that and curiosity of what new disaster will result.

“His grin could be seen from space.”

The title is drawn from a supposed quote about history by Arnold J. Toynbee. He really said, “Life is just one damned thing after another, whether it is private or public life. And looking back upon history … one can see that in almost every age in almost every part of the world, human beings have had to live their normal lives and do their normal business under conditions of uncertainty, danger and distress.”

“… woke up in Sick Bay. Actually that happens so often I’m going to put it on a hotkey.”

Quibble: If “history” is so powerful at keeping people from messing with what will be, how could Ronan’s folks go into the distant past and kill, explode, and exploit with impunity? Not to mention their forays into the recent past. And how come the time variances are greater for jumps of less than 2000 years than for those of tens of millions? Shouldn’t errors and uncertainty increase rather than decrease?

“Thinking carefully is something that happens to other people.”

Liberally borrows from Connie WillisOxford Time Travel series. Liberally.

“Strangely, I found the conclusion liberating. When you’re f…ed, you’re f…ed. Things really can’t get much worse.”

Gratuitous profanity cost Taylor a star.

“History is important. Far more important than most people believe. And it is under attack.”

1 thought on “Book Review: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (Three Stars)

  1. End of year paperwork – whether I do it myself or leave the husband in peace to do a lot of it without interruption – has us in one thing at a time mode. With the ‘thing’ almost always being something unique and new and which won’t lead to any learning that might be useful next year.

    The whole ‘sell the house and move to California’ thing was like this, and apparently we are not done with it, even after more than a year. And a few more to come.

    Seem to have been far more this year than I remember. Maybe that’s what maturity is: dealing with things. Until you become a thing your kids have to deal with.

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