So the last St. Mary's book, "And The Rest Is History"mangled my emotions with great skill, putting me through much more angst than any allegedly light story about time-travelling historians has a right to. In her introduction to "An Argumentation Of Historians", Jodi Taylor says that her publishers asked if she could make this volume a little less depressing. I think she managed that, but only just.
When Max says towards the start of the book:
"It had been a bad year but it was over now. I could look forward to the future"
I'm sure not a single reader will believe her.
There are lots of good things in this chronicle of St. Mary's. I was immediately back at home watching St. Mary's muddle through with stout hearts, awful luck and a reckless excess of pluck. We started off at a joust with Henry VIII and at the burning of Persepolis with Alexander the Great. It was all good stuff.
When it turned out that Clive Roland was back as the big bad and I became less pleased. This is a man with all of Time to choose from who still chooses to spend his energies plotting revenge on Max. He's apparently clever enough to avoid the might of the Time Police yet too dumb to kill Max on sight. I've had enough of that. I'd like a new bad guy. or at least the slow, painful and definitively final excoriation of this one. I found myself saying: "New balls, please!"
Then Jodi Taylor did it again. Just as I'd grown dissatisfied, Max ends up, lost, alone and with no hope of rescue in England in 1399 and we are treated to an engaging story of her efforts to make a life for herself there. This part of the book, which seemed like half of it, is wonderfully done.
The plot twist at the end holds up and explains a lot of the action but I didn't find it as satisfying as the 1399 section.
This was a good St. Mary's episode with some evocative pieces and it moves the story arc along but I'll be happier if/when we get a different big bad on the scene (although I'd be happy to applaud clever and violent revenge in the meantime.
Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Joanna, an avid reader and romance books fan, who prefers reading than eating and sleeping. Obviously.
Follow JoRead on BookLikes: http://joread.booklikes.com/
What are you reading right now? How do you like it?
I hardly ever read more than one book at once but right now it happens that I’m reading two. The first one is a lovely ARC by the always amazing Katharine Ashe called The Prince and I’m loving it. I’m also reading Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London but only a few chapters in on that one so it’s too early to tell ;)
When have you discovered you’re a book lover?
Very early in life. I was the girl that would rather spend her time inside reading a book instead of playing outside with kids my age.
Why reading is important to you?
At first it was sort of an escapism. Books would take me to a different place, different time, and sometimes even different worlds. Now I’ve realized that books, regardless of genre or whether is fiction or non-fiction have always something new for me to learn. Books have taught me to understand people better because in a way I’ve been inside other people’s minds.
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?
I think people need to give romance books a chance. Romance is more than “smut” or “mommy porn,” which by the way, are terms that I loathe with the passion of a thousand suns! Romance is a genre that’s been empowering people in general (women in particular) for centuries. Depending on your tastes you could try authors Lisa Kleypas for historical stories, Penny Reid for some fun contemporary reads, and Jennifer Ashley for adventure with paranormal creatures.
You short bio says: “If it wasn't because life gets in the way, I could spend all day reading”. How much time do you spend reading daily?
Dear me, hours I tell you! Hours! But who needs to eat and sleep is overrated anyway… :)
How do you find new books to read?
Besides Booklikes I’m part of several book groups in Facebook and Goodreads. Like-minded people tend to recommend the best books.
We can find many romance titles on your BookLikes shelf. Do you switch between the genres or do you follow you favorite reading path?
I read romance the most because it’s what I like the most but I do enjoy all genres. I’ve read from Leo Tolstoy to the beautiful crafted Japanese Manga. A book is a book is a book and each one has something new to teach the reader.
Do you read one book or several at a time?
I try to stick to one at a time but there are times when I cannot take my print with me so my handy eBook reader comes to the rescue. For instance, currently I’m reading Bad Bachelor in print and The Prince in eBook.
Your bookshelf has got many thematic shelves. Does it mean you’re a well organized reader?
I try to be. My digital shelf is organized so because if I ever need to “pick” a book with a certain theme I can just check that shelf and voilà! All at the click of a key :)
A library or a bookstore?
Tough question. Bookworms should never be made to choose.
What are your three favorite book covers?
Eek! I have lots! No way I could choose only 3. How about I give you the three that come to mind right away ;)
A paper book or an e-book?
Both. Well, I love prints and if I’d have more place at home all of my books would be in print but I love the simplicity of format of an eBook. You can literally have hundreds of books in the palm of your hand!
Three titles for a holiday break?
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein
If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?
I’d read Jennifer Ashley’s Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage while sipping Earl Grey tea. Yep, that would hit the spot.
Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
My apartment is really small so most of my books are in boxes *sad face*
But here is a pic of the books I have on hand because I’m planning on reading them or have read recently.
Thanks! This was lots of fun!
Have you missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links below:
Never Let Me Go, by Elaine White
The Prequel to The One That Got Away