It's Christmas Eve at St Mary's. And all through the house. Nothing is stirring.... Except for Max, Peterson, and Markham, sneaking out at midnight for an assignment that is very definitely off the books.
It was ten years ago tonight that senior historians Bashford and Grey went missing in 12th century Jerusalem. So how did they end up in AD 60 Roman Colchester?
Max has a theory. Peterson has a plan. Markham has bacon sandwiches. Colchester has Boudicca and her bloodthirsty Iceni hordes.
And then there's the giant pig...the enraged, giant pig....
Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate, and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then. She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.
©2014 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
Very exciting St. Mary's short story. Love the usual St. Mary's humor and excellent narration by Zara Ramm. I do so love this series, especially on audio. I listened to this after book 6, but it takes place before, and so it filled in the blanks on the presence of some historians that are re-introduced in that book. It was fun to see where they came from but it might have been less confusing if I had read this one before book 6 (where I was scratching my head wondering why I couldn't remember these characters). Very strong for a short story.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
I may be calling this fluff, but I'll fess up that I love it. It's silly, fun and a great read. Enjoy it!
Well written with appearances by your favorite characters. You figure the ending will be disappointing, but it isn't.
Highly recommend EVERY volume in the St Mary's Chronicles. You will love the characters , the history , humor & adventure . Very cleverly written , & ZARA RAMM is simply superb .
Jodi Taylor writes fairly madcap time travelling adventures. These very short stand-alone stories sit in that world and offer an entertaining escape from reality. Best of all, they're free!
Tough to compare it with anything.
I guess Jodi Taylor books have that same whacky humour you get from Douglas Adams...and maybe Ben Elton.
I write romantic suspense with a little southern grit. I love romance & adventure w/a little mystery & suspense. I believe in happy endings.
The short story Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor is part of a series Chronicles of St. Mary's. I thought this was a fun and fast-paced adventure with interesting characters. It combines history, science and human interaction in a way that makes you believe in time travel and ancient deities. I'll have to check out the rest of this series.
This amusing short story, part of a much larger series, is my introduction to the historians of St Mary's. They time travel on various missions in stone huts that function like Dr Who's Tardis. There is some interesting history but the story is built on situation comedy. The characters seem fairly numerous and varied. Some are clearly interested in each other...others only in work. Eccentricity is the norm. They fight, they are loyal friends. Nothing happens according to plan. British to the core. The only similar story I can think of is The Librarian.
In the Christmas Present, a small group decide to throw out the rule book on Christmas Eve and make a rouge rescue mission to the scene of Boudicca's revolt (lots of burning and dead Romans). There, they hope to find two lost historians...ten years gone. One is the lover of a sad and grumpy colleague, who they fear is on the verge of suicide. Reuniting the couple is The Christmas Present. I think there is pun on "present". Beware, very British laughs.
This is just a sampling of the great stories and characters from St. Mary's. I love everything about them, every story and book has thrills, adventure, comradery and humor thrown in just when you need it. Always a little saddened when a story or book ends. The narrator is one of the best I've listened too, love the cheeky inflections here and there. Truly adds to the read!
"Time and history as a present"
A great short story to add to the Chronicles of St. Mary and an explanation to what happened to pod number 4. Plus more adventure and closure of some questions.
"Greatest Story Ever Told?"
Great story as expected. What I didn't expect was, as I'm lying here at midnight unable to sleep due to it being the hottest UK July night on record, to be made to feel Christmassy! Make of that what you will...
This has to be one of my favorite additions to the main series.
Keep them coming !
"Great short story from a great series"
Max! Zara Ramm really brings her to life!
Yes, it's short enough for one long-ish car journey.
I really like that this short story was made available to add another facet to the overall series. I always enjoy learning more about the background of characters and this was the perfect platform.
"Stunning idea, well written"
Something no one expected, there's no clue to it in any of the full length books. I wonder if the ramifications will be included in No Time like the Past or any of the future full length books.
I have to admit it was a marvel to listen to and a perfect Christmas present for Guthrie.
I haven't read the print version of Jodi Taylor's Chronicle of St Mary's series so I can't say. However I can't imagine the print version being better as the audio is superb.
Other than the rest of the series ... nothing really.
Everything! She is absolutely perfect in her rendering.
This is a short story so yes, I listened to it right through.
If you haven't read / listened to the Chronicles of St Mary's I really urge you to give them a go if you like clean, informative about history, and laugh out loud funny!
The books can be read as stand alone but I advise you to start at the beginning and work through in order as the story line and characters develop with each book. You'll be hooked after the first one. I was, and am eagerly awaiting the audio version of Book 5!
"What a marvellous gift"
A massive shambles and yet they come out of it successfully, in true St. Mary's style.
A touching story, of care and friendship.
"The series that keeps on giving."
Superb, terrific, fantastic, great, excellent, witty, funny, and just a really good rollicking series.
Usually I read stuff like "Live free or die" by John Ringo, but I jumped out of my comfort zone and listened to the first audio book in the series, "Just one damn thing after another" and have been up at night for two weeks listening to the first 5 books and 3 novella's ever since. Can't wait for book 6 and Zara Ramm is the perfect narrator for them.
Once again St Mary's and the team are triumphant!!!! In one word 'WONDERFUL!!!! That is all
"Fantastic stand alone adventure"
Fast paced standalone adventure. Great plot line.
Any of the other chronicles of st. Marys
As wonderful as ever!
Laugh as usual. Jodi is very funny in her writing and beautifully delivered by Zara.
Onto the next in the series. Can't wait.
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