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review 2018-03-30 09:38
A Symphony of Echoes (Chronicles of St. Mary's #2)
A Symphony of Echoes - Jodi Taylor

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Just One Damned Thing After Another when I read it several weeks ago; I generally feel pretty 'meh' about time travel and usually pass it by.  But I was swayed by the academic bent of the time travel and the humor and liked it so much I  pretty much immediately ordered A Symphony of Echoes.

 

#2 was fun; fun enough that as I write this my head is throbbing and my neck is stiff, because I spent all afternoon with my ass on the couch and my head in this book.  But what was a fresh and novel idea in one book can often stale quickly in the second, and I felt some of that here.  I loved reading about the history hops, and even the melodrama between Max and Leon wasn't bad, but I'm tired of the arch villain and the idea that these guys can't ever complete a jump without something catastrophic happening is fast approaching a stretching of disbelief I'm not sure I can pull off.  And I have no idea what she was doing with the whole Jack the Ripper thing, but it felt gratuitous. 

 

The dodos were fun, but ultimately fleeting (the scene, not the dodos).  Definitely not Pickwick quality.

 

I'm not against reading the third one (although I'm lukewarm about Troy), but I'm not going to rush out and order it.  I'll wait until I feel like stepping back into St. Mary's again and go from there.

 

This book works for the Kill Your Darlings game card Victim: Ariadne Oliver.   It was written by a woman, and set in the UK.

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review 2017-04-13 03:26
A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor
A Symphony of Echoes - Jodi Taylor

Series: Chronicles of St Mary's #2

 

I'm still not a big fan of this series. Once again this was just ok. Once again the events were a series of péripéties although they formed a more cohesive plot this time around. I honestly thought this one might be better than the previous one despite the weird introduction of supernatural elements. I was going to forgive the Jack the Ripper thing somewhat but then the visions happened. I don't really see what the point was with doing that to Jack the Ripper. I suppose it might come back in a future book.

 

I think part of it is that I just don't enjoy reading Max all that much although I think I liked her voice a bit better this time around. There were some really silly things that happened though, and some of the plot elements just seemed forced. So I may not pursue this series.

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text 2017-04-11 04:39
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
A Symphony of Echoes - Jodi Taylor

Telling the reader that you have a plan then cutting to characters discussing what a stupid plan it is and showing them do something stupid which is apparently "the plan" does not good writing make. It just makes it seem like you're describing bad TV. 

 

And I thought this book seemed more promising than the last, apart from the whole supernatural thing. 

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review 2016-11-08 20:00
A Symphony Of Echoes
A Symphony of Echoes - Jodi Taylor

I'm not a serial reader. I'm quite the opposite, even when I like books, I'm usually glad I can dive into another world next. However, having finished the first book in the St. Mary's series, Just One Damned Thing After The Other, I couldn't resist and immediately started the second book (and after that, the rest of the series).

The world is amazing. It is super British, very witty, filled with loads of tea and time-travel, or 'investigating major historical events in contemporary time'. Time-travel has always fascinated me, and although the phenomenon of it is not explained, they use it to study history. Max, the main character, is a lot of fun to read about, as she and some of her colleagues have a great talent for getting into trouble.

While this all remained in the second book, there were some changes compared to the first book. It starts with allowing more interaction between St. Mary's and the History. Also, some rules don't always seem to apply. A final thing is that it takes a bit of a jump into the paranormal, which is never fully explained, and they don't go into it any more later in the story. This confused me a bit.

But, it was wonderful reading, and I look forward to the rest of it!

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review 2016-09-22 00:00
A Symphony of Echoes
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