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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: April 1, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J3Z1V5Q
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Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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The plot is enjoyable and entertains while leading the story forward while keeping tension high at times.
People aren't too perfect, and in generally are on the bit flawed side(as people are) while still keeping the right balance of humor.
I would give this a strong 4.5 stars out of 5 if they allowed this a more granular rating system.
The only problem with finding a first good book in a series that has just been published is remembering to check back repeatedly over time for the next in the series, which with a new author is hard to remember.
I really wish the Kindle app allowed you to flag authors so you would be notified when a brand new book came out. I mean it would drive up sales and make customers happy.
It makes no sense that hasn't happened yet.
**MAJOR SPOILER ALERT**
At one point, someone who I think is supposed to be a major character dies and instead of being sad, it's just another thing that happens because the character was never developed. I didn't know anything about him except what he looked like and he had 2 lines of dialogue instead of zero. Similarly, the main character is sexually assaulted by another major character, and again, it just seemed sudden and out of the blue and I lacked any emotional attachment because the characters weren't developed.
Her science/time jumping partner tries to rape her (back in the age of dinosaurs) and she feels intense grief because one of the bad guys knifes him in the femoral artery. . .he bleeds out and she had locked him out of her time pod. The guilt is even after she sees he had tried to kill her, whacking her from behind, causing her to tumble down a hillside. Cute premise and the author does dialogue well. I read about two-thirds of the novel and permanently deleted it.
Occasional sudden forays into bodice ripper territory. These incidents seem out of place and have an uncomfortable vibe about them, as if someone compelled her to write them in hopes of attracting the bodice ripper crowd. Instead, they have the effect of repelling more discerning readers who will not fail to notice the strange aroma that emanates from these portions of the book.
Broadcasting what is about to happen by pointedly telling the reader that some apparently delightful turn of events is about to flop over and display a nasty, wormy underbelly. I'm not sure why she does this EVERY SINGLE TIME, but the insertion of spoilers at every plot turn does nothing for her story and is actively annoying.
A Deus Ex Machina who conveniently turns up whenever the author needs a wrench tossed into the machinery, thus relieving her of the need to construct a real plot with real motivations and real consequences. The time-traveling person with a grudge just turns up periodically to screw things up, then leaps back into the time stream.
Characters act astonishingly out of character at some critical moments in order to drive the plot where the author wants it to go, deep into angst territory. Anyone who reads through these books will be in no doubt about the plot points to which I'm referring. This kind of thing is always a danger when writing what is intended to be a series. In this case, it's obvious that the author considered letting the characters do what their natures would dictate, and then realized that - if she did that - a critical part of the story would be resolved and could no longer be driven into the plot territories that still lay vacant, waiting to be exploited. All that witty, angsty, sexually tense potential dialogue gone to waste! So, instead of appeasing the characters (if they had been characters from Dickens, they'd be likewise standing at her elbows as she typed, demanding their due) she seized hold of the plot and drove it relentlessly, protests to the contrary.
It appears that later books in this series continue to have the same problems noted above, the absence of a real plot becoming even more noticeable, and the author leaning yet more heavily on her ability to write cute conversations and one-liners. I think she could do much better, but she has found a formula that some readers like and doesn't seem inclined to stretch herself.
If historical time travel is your kind of thing, do yourself a favor and read the vastly superior Connie Willis novels.