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A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 3) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jodi Taylor

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St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another.

The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese- rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC – concussion by cheese. The long awaited jump to Bronze Age Troy ends in personal catastrophe for Max and just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse – it’s back to the Cretaceous Period again to confront an old enemy who has nothing to lose.

So, make the tea, grab the chocolate biscuits, settle back and discover exactly why the entire history department has painted itself blue …

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 506 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 492 pages
  • Editeur : Accent Press (11 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IEEXX12
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good descriptions but the plot and character development are a mess... 27 avril 2014
Par janthree - Publié sur
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I just finished reading all three volumes of the The Chronicles of St. Mary's series and have very mixed emotions about the books. Normally, when reviewing a book, I like to write a short intro to the plot, but for this series, it is difficult to provide enough detail to benefit potential readers without spoiling the narrative. So I will forgo any plot points and focus on issues I had with the story. Time travel stories tend to span the spectrum from hard science to fantasy. Unfortunately, almost all have to ignore a range of paradoxes to maintain the logical structure of the narrative. Generally, hard science time travel has the fewest paradox issues. The concept of infinite timelines is probably the most logical of the time travel plots. You change something in the past and you create or shift to another timeline. The more fantasy oriented stories tend to ignore all the time travel paradoxes and usually revert to magic as the explanation.

Jodi Taylor is a good descriptive writer. Her words fill out detailed imagery of the places our protagonist, Max, visits. I especially enjoyed her description of several historic events that were witnessed by the time travel team. However, in my opinion, the story falls short in other areas. First off, the tone of the story is all over the place. One page it is a comedy, the next it is a romance, the next it is violent horror, the next it is a macho military mission, etc. I understand that sometimes authors juxtapose narrative tones to strengthen the story, but there is no sense of purpose to this jumble of "genre" changes. It is almost as if the author sat down one day and wanted to write some comedy, then the next day she decided to write a romance, the next day she wanted to write a monster story, etc. Accordingly, in all this confusion, her character development suffers. I never really knew how the characters would react to a situation. Which is fine when I initially met them in the first few pages of volume 1, but by the time I had finished volume 3, not knowing and understanding the characters became a problem. At the end, I really didn't much care what happened to Max.

A second area I found problematic is in the time travel logic of the story. The author steamrolls over one paradox after another without offering any explanation. I am very willing to "suspend my disbelief" if an author lays down some consistent ground rules for the world that he or she has created and sticks to them. Unfortunately, the logical gaps in this series were so pronounced that my mind kept being pulled out of the narrative flow. For instance, how can you drop a rock hut into a city alley without anyone noticing? If a hut suddenly appeared on a street out of nowhere, you can be certain the neighbors would immediately notice and raise an alarm. Why not use a cloaking device? Another example...why are the scientists getting permanently killed in the timeline? You would think that any time someone is injured or killed, St. Mary's would spend a couple of months organizing a rescue party, go back in time to ten minutes before they died and rescue them. Based on the St. Mary's world logic, there should be no deaths from time travel. These are just a couple of examples of many logic/plot holes in the story.

Overall, the author is in her element when writing about historic events...the descriptive writing is very good. On the other hand, the time travel plot is filled with logic holes that are just too annoying to really enjoy the narrative flow.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mind. Blown. 13 avril 2014
Par FuldaRussell - Publié sur
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When I wrote a review for the first book, Just One Damned Thing After Another, I observed that just when you think things can't possibly get more gut wrenching, they do. When I wrote my review for the second book, A Symphony of Echoes, I remarked how it was interspersed with several I-did-not-see-THAT-coming moments. In this one, all of the above, including more than one moment, Ms. Taylor, that I really, really hated you. Oh. My. Word. What a freaking brilliant book. Just how are you going to top this one, hmmmm?
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I am hooked 2 avril 2014
Par Grandlady - Publié sur
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I am hooked on Jodi Taylor's books. I can't wait for the next one. She is a superb story teller.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It just gets better! 26 février 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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With each additional volume in this series, Jodi Taylor just gets better and better. From the first story in the series to this latest, she just sinks the hook into us deeper. While the first volume was derivative of the Connie Willis stories, Taylor has now developed her own direction with not only complex characters but also exciting plotting.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed the first book 19 novembre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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Enjoyed the first book, the second book was a bit too much of a roller coaster ride, so much happening that there is no real room for character development yet it was well enough written that I bought this book, the third in the series. I was left feeling dissatisfied, the pace of the story line is just to fast. No room for character development or growth, the main character has gone from a young women in the first book to, given the authors description, a women approaching middle age but we as the reader have not had a sense of that amount of time passing. These are not badly written books in the aspect that there are few editing issues and are easy to read, the author does have talent however its more like a series of events that happened to the main character as apposed to her life story and her place in the world. Not sure if I will buy the next book in the series, they are not expensively priced and worth a look you may enjoy them more than me.
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