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Just one damned thing after another : the chronicles of St. Mary’s (original 2013; edition 2016)

by Jodi Taylor (Author)

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Title:Just one damned thing after another : the chronicles of St. Mary’s
Authors:Jodi Taylor (Author)
Info:Night Shade Books (2016), Edition: Reissue, 348 pages
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Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (2013)

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Wenn Dir als Peter-Grant-Fan eine große Gruppe von anderen Peter-Grant-Fans eine ähnliche Reihe wie die Flüsse von London empfiehlt, dann stürzt Du Dich mit Begeisterung drauf. 'Die werden bestimmt nicht falsch liegen', denkst Du Dir. 'Das ist total witzig und unterhaltsam', sagen sie. Das allein hätte mich schon mal stutzen lassen müssen. Aber tat es nicht. Danke, liebe Begeisterungsfähigkeit, Du bist manchmal echt mehr hinderlich als hilfreich.

Ebook endlich gekauft, geladen, losgelegt. Die ersten 50 Seiten vergingen wie im Flug. Lustig war's schon. Max war irgendwie cool. Aber dann.... dann verflogen auch die restlichen 282 Seiten und eigentlich kann ich gar nicht sagen, worum es denn nun ging.

Fangen wir mal am Anfang an: Max, Historikerin mit Doktortitel hat ihr Vorstellungsgespräch in St. Mary's. In St. Mary's wird nämlich auch die Geschichte studiert, nur eben mit mehr vor-Ort-Erfahrung dank Zeitreise. An sich ja brillant. Wer Connie Willis' Oxford-Time-Travel-Reihe gern gelesen hat, so wie ich, der wird das Buch bestimmt begeistert in die Hand nehmen und Großes erwarten. So wie ich es tat.

Max muss sich für die Stelle allerdings ausbilden lassen mit anderen Kandidaten. Spoiler: sie schaffts natürlich in den Job, zusammen mit drei anderen. Aber da fingen die Probleme für mich als Leser eigentlich erst so richtig an. Bis dahin war nämlich alles noch recht unterhaltsam.

Punkt 1: Das Buch deckt eine Zeit von mehreren Jahren ab. DAS wird dem Leser zwischendurch immer mal wieder mitgeteilt, aber so richtig bekommt man davon absolut nichts mit. Weder hinsichtlich persönlicher Veränderungen oder Entwicklungen der Figuren, noch sonst irgendwie.

Punkt 2: Alles geschieht superschnell. Max sahnt den großen Auftrag ab: sie darf in die Vergangenheit zu den Dinosauriern reisen. Warum hier ausgerechnet Historiker hingeschickt werden, ist mir allerdings nach wie vor ein Rätsel. Jedenfalls verbringen sie und ihre Kollegen längere Zeiträume in diversen Vergangenheiten, aber erzählt wird immer nur "wir kamen an, taten ein bisschen davon und davon, und zack gings wieder heim." Hier hätte es mir wesentlich besser gefallen, wenn man sich auf ein oder zwei Zeitreisemissionen konzentriert und diese dann auch ausführlich präsentiert hätte.

Punkt 3: Max' Partner-Historiker vergeht sich sexuell an ihr während sie schläft. Zumindest versuchte er es. Das kam sowas von unerwartet und aus heiterem Himmel, dass ich mich die ganze Zeit fragte, ob die Figur von irgendwelchen Außerirdischen fremdgesteuert wurde, als er das tat. Es.passte.einfach.nicht. Kein.bisschen! NOPE!

Punkt 4: Passenderweise stirbt jener Kollege, damit man sich im Rest des Buches nicht weiter damit auseinander setzen muss.

Punkt 5: Max' Liebesbeziehung kommt genauso aus dem Nichts, wie die Freundschaften und so weiter. Es gibt keinerlei schleichende Entwicklung. Nichts.

Gepaart werden diese Punkte alle mit dem krampfhaften Versuch, witzig und cool zu wirken. Aber es funktioniert einfach nicht. Da, wo Figuren ruhig ein bisschen schrullig wirken konnten, wurde jede Chance darauf verschenkt.

Fazit:

Ich bin mächtig enttäuscht. Ich wollte dieses Buch soooo sehr mögen, weil ich soooooo gern eine weitere Buchreihe zu meinen Lesefavoriten zugefügt hätte, damit sich die Bücher um Harry Dresden und Peter Grant nicht so alleine fühlen. Aber nope, es passte nicht. Gar nicht. Es gibt die St. Mary’s Romane noch nicht auf Deutsch. Von mir aus kanns auch so bleiben. Vielleicht, und das mit großem V, gebe ich der Reihe noch eine Chance und lese den zweiten Band. Aber nicht so bald und nicht dieses Jahr. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
This is the first installment of a series that is new to me and I really enjoyed it. He was basically about history and how time travel can screw it all up. It reminds me of Connie Willis' work and of the series Timeless. I will definitely want to read more of the series. It's got humor, action, suspense, and some tragedy. The history parts seem pretty accurate except that I don't understand how these historians can go to different periods and speak the language as it was spoken in that period. That is not discussed and requires a suspension of disbelief. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Feb 11, 2019 |
This time travel novel, the first in The Chronicles of St. Mary's series combines humor and some rather dark and gruesome passages. And it is quite entertaining. I bookmarked the initial list of characters, and had to go back to it a few times to remember who was who. There are a team of historians and teams to back support the efforts to document what really went on in times past. I liked that the protagonist was klutzy and smart and and driven and brave and sometimes afraid. Personal skills of the major players were seriously lacking. There are good guys and bad guys and totally unbelievable plots which the author makes us believe, for the duration of the reading anyway. Quite a fun read if you like your fun to be laced with blood and horror. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Feb 7, 2019 |
This jumped the TBR queue because book 3 is in the Black Friday Kindle sale and I hadn't read this one yet although Paul had. He thought it started well but tailed off enough to not be worth continuing the series.

St Mary's is a historical research organisation attached to Thirsk University. They have a unique approach to research - they possess the secret of time travel and go back and study the actual event first hand. Dr Lucy Maxwell is invited to join the team of historians and she is the PoV character. We see her during her training and during her first time jumps - the Cretaceous, WWI France and others. However, all is not well - there is another organisation who are looting the timelines and are trying to get St Mary's shut down so they can be the only ones with access to the past.

Good points: it's reasonably well written, and is episodic enough to be easily put down in the middle of the book. Bad points: I could have done without the sex (yes, it's a plot point, but in all honesty it would have worked better if the characters involved weren't being so in-your-face about it), and (what killed it for me), allowing people to go into the past wearing modern clothing especially when they are going to be interacting with history. I mean, the Wardrobe department is meticulous about any clothing that could possibly be seen, but allows thermal underwear and a sports bra? Um, no - that's completely wrong - that's the SCA approach to re-enactment.

Given there are now 9 books in the main series, and a bunch of short stories, I hesitate to recommend this.
1 vote Maddz | Nov 18, 2018 |
Madeleine Maxwell – short, opinionated redhead – is a maverick. She’s also an historian, which amounts to much the same thing. At school, Max is saved by her teacher Mrs De Winter, who channels her disruptive tendencies into a deep passion for history. Many years later, having gained her PhD from the University of Thirsk, Max has a second reason to thank Mrs De Winter, who puts her up for a job at the St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research. The historians of St Mary’s have a public reputation as eccentric, shabby and lovable: a band of chaotic academics who pursue the bits of history that others don’t reach. How do you drive a quadriga? How far could Icarus have flown? What are the constituents of Greek fire? But the initiated soon learn a different story. Once Max has passed her interview, she enters a thrilling world where ‘practical history’ takes on a whole new meaning. For St Mary’s have discovered the secrets of time-travel, and there are no limits to their research. A roistering tale of historical skulduggery, physics, and plenty of tea, this is a glorious, geeky gem of a book: historian’s catnip.,,

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2018/10/24/just-one-damned-thing-after-another-jodi-tay... ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Oct 24, 2018 |
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"History is just one damned thing after another"

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"Madeleine Maxwell, new recruit to St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, discovers that the society members travel through time to thwart time-traveling terrorists and investigate major historical events." - NoveList Plus
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"Madeline "Max" Maxwell has stumbled on the dream of a lifetime: a career as a time-traveling historian with St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research. The researchers are under strict orders to observe only--no interaction with the locals is allowed. But from her first mission rescuing artifacts from the Great Library of Alexandria, Max realized that time travel is a dangerous activity and that history--and other historians--will go to elaborate lengths to protect themselves." --… (more)

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