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Lies, Damned Lies, and History

por Jodi Taylor

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"The seventh book in the bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time travel"-these historians "investigate major historical events in contemporary time." And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets. The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots-Director Bairstow, Leon "Chief" Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more-as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea. "I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me." As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. But in Lies, Damned Lies, and History, she's gone too far and now everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right? Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors"--"Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time travel"--these historians "investigate major historical events in contemporary time." And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets. "I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me." As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. But in Lies, Damned Lies, and History, she's gone too far and now everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?"--… (mais)
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What? A total guilty pleasure that doesn't have much to do with romance, vampires, or werewolves? One that reads so easy and so effortlessly and so addictively you might want to classify this as a class A substance?

And OMG we're ALL able to abuse this shit?

Yeah, we are. Just for the price of a book or a whole damn series. Including short stories. We can GET OUR FIX.

What's even better? Oh yeah, it's SF, time travel, and SO MUCH HISTORY for all us history buffs. :) Total history-porn.

Oh, and of course we've still got our favorite characters just jumping blindly into the past where they're able to get into so much damn trouble just because history isn't safe. I mean, is *any* time safe? Of course not... but we have to sigh and reconcile ourselves to the fact that Historians are idiots.

Seriously. Idiots.

Fortunately, it's hard to stay angry at them, even when they jump into several English wars, get into serious trouble with Arthur, become a pawn in Dr. Bairstow's games, even having Max think her last jump before maternity leave would be an easy Stonehenge reveal, but no. Of course, no. Any fan of this series is going to be sitting on the edge of his or her seat and wondering what dire and/or absolutely horrible event is going to happen next, and while I might be a pussycat in real life and wish to tell you what horrors await you in order to steel yourself to the tragedy... well, I won't. I'm mean on occasion. Or often. Who knows?

But this is where the tears start falling... or do they? This author is really, really mean. :)

And AWESOME. This is some great storytelling with really dry humor and great history and great characters and really mean and fast plots. :) Why aren't more people reading this? It's totally entertaining as hell. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
"Lies, Damned Lies and History" is one of the most accomplished books in the Chronicles of St. Mary's. This is Jodi Taylor at her best: perfect comic timing that highlights rather than hides the stresses, anxieties and evil intents that life keeps throwing at us.

As ever, the humour is based on a kind of compassionate fatalism that brings to mind almost outdated words like "Pluck" and "Gumption" and "Intrepidness" or even "Sang Froid" (although the last one is suspiciously French and may tend to take itself too seriously).

At St. Mary's, being in an apparently hopeless situation where your duty requires you to risk your life for others is no excuse for a lack of moral fortitude, which is best demonstrated by doing the right thing AND delivering a witty, self-deprecating remark while you do it.

"Lies, Damned Lies And History" has a mystical flavour to it than I didt seen in its predecessors. True, we've always has mysterious interventions from the History in the plot but this time we get a sense of the power of Animus Loci: an intense emotional reaction, evoked in us by a place and time. We visit post-Roman Britain and get remarkable Dark Ages scenes with warriors and magic swords that give a very pagan view of the Arthurian legend. We take a truly chilling trip to Stone Henge in the far distant past. Both these trips move beyond the realm of the purely rational without seeming any less credible.

There's also a threatening sense of finality to the book. Perhaps it's just Max, trying to squeeze in more jumps through time before she finally stops being a pregnant historian and becomes something she finds much harder to imagine: the mother of an infant child. Perhaps it's just that this is the seventh book and things keep getting worse. Perhaps it's the sense of dread from the visit to Stone Henge but there is a skilfully maintained deep tension in this book, like a very low note that you feel rather than hear.

Max has a new enemy: an arrogant, devious, administrator who is an anathema to the spirit of St Mary's. This gives us a reason to cheer as Max, simply by being Max, brings about his downfall.

Yet the real enemy, the one that low note resonating in my gut had been warning me about, only emerges in the final chapters of the book.

This enemy is ruthless, imaginative and driven by an implacable hatred of Max and St. Mary's. The plot that unfolds is truly evil and very plausible. The more I thought about it the more repulsive it became. I won't give away the idea or the outcome here but it is certainly one of the darkest passages in the Chronicles of St. Mary's.

All I can say is that I was relieved to find Jodi Taylor is part way through writing tBook 8 in the series. I need to know that I can visit St.Mary's again. I need a place where humour and courage and loyalty form an alloy that is almost impossible to bend of break. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
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As I'm reading this series, this is currently the last book in the series. I was anticipating some withdrawal symptoms after finishing it, because I read all other books back to back.

Lies, Damned Lies, and History was not my favorite in the series. There is a lot of not time-traveling when Max isn't allowed to enter a pod, and even when she is, she is on light duty, meaning no dangerous jumps. Instead watch the embarrassment of Queen Caroline.

Nevertheless it was a fun read and I'm looking forward to the next book, which will -hopefully- be published somewhere next year! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
I liked this installment in the St. Mary's Chronicles. There was a lot of humor and suspense and thrills. I was particularly taken with the info about Stonehenge and also the linking up of a fortress in Wales with the Arthurian legend. I have been listening to the History of English podcast which talks about the the relationship of Arthur to Olde English and pre-English languages. And there was Arthur in the book. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Aug 25, 2019 |
Possibly the best and fortunately not the last book in this very enjoyable series. Max doing "Who's on First" with the twirp from Thirsk would make a great UTube flic. She and her happy band of mayhemics visit a battle, a coronation and meet Arthur Pendragon. They find artifacts, donate the same and then have to steal and return them; to right the world order. Much good fun, many perils and creative solutions as one expects from Jodi Taylor. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jul 20, 2019 |
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"The seventh book in the bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time travel"-these historians "investigate major historical events in contemporary time." And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets. The Chronicles of St. Mary's tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots-Director Bairstow, Leon "Chief" Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more-as they travel through time, saving St. Mary's (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea. "I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me." As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. But in Lies, Damned Lies, and History, she's gone too far and now everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right? Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors"--"Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time travel"--these historians "investigate major historical events in contemporary time." And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets. "I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me." As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. But in Lies, Damned Lies, and History, she's gone too far and now everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?"--

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