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Jodi Taylor’s Just One Damned Thing After Another

Historians + time travel = happpppppyyyyyyy Pip

This book really is a silly, raucous and a tremendously entertaining adventure. I love history and so the idea of time travelling historians going on adventures and saving the day really is always going to win with me!

Facebook advertising…really?

It turns out, Facebook advertising works. You see, I first saw this book advertised to me on there. Usually, I’m very skeptical about any ads, but boy did the sellers get this targeting right because I clicked straight through to read the blurb and quickly added it to my wish list on Amazon.

When I finally got around to purchasing it I decided it would be one of my ‘book a month’ reads for my challenge this year. A bit of light relief in reading is always a good thing. Sometimes I find, when you’ve either been reading some heavy going stuff, or you’ve been unfortunate enough to end up with a dud book, it’s nice to pick up an easy-to-read page turner that you can laugh out loud at while you’re whipping through it.

Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 12.41.51The comedy element

This was one of those. It was just funny. It had a good story-line that kept you bounding along. I mean sure, you had to suspend your reality-checker to enjoy it, but isn’t that why we read sometimes?

I mean, just the title, it made me giggle when I read it. Along with the tidbit about time travelling historians, it’s what drew me in naughty as it is.

Lots of different history

I loved the idea of these teams of historians popping along to different pivotal moments in history. Even better, I’m usually tucked away in my 18th century pigeon-hole loving life with wide-hipped dresses and enormous wigs, but this book pulled me into some completely different ‘time zones’. Like to the library in ancient Alexandria, the Cretaceous period and Medieval England.

A word of warning

I always think it’s worth pointing out aspects that not all readers might like. This book I would say probably isn’t for younger readers. There are some love scenes in it which may not be to everyone’s taste.

A series

One of the things I am quite pleased about is that this is a series. Although I’m not ‘I need to buy the next one right now’ invested in the overarching storyline, I was definitely entertained enough to come back to this at some point and get the next in the series. The 1,500+ Amazon reviews show Taylor has entertained quite a few with these books.

 

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