And Now For Something Completely Different (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #9.7)
Here's a question for you. What's the most exciting thing ever found in a fire bucket? And don't say 'fire' because you'll be wrong. Suppose - just suppose - it was the technology to take a pod to Mars? Yeah, now we're talking! Every Christmas, for reasons which seem good at the time - especially after an eggnog or two - Max and the others leap into the nearest pod and indulge in their illegal Christmas jump. It's a tradition. This year, however, just to be different, they find themselves part of someone else's illegal Christmas jump. It's time to don a spacesuit and bring your own urine!

And Now For Something Completely Different (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #9.7) Details

TitleAnd Now For Something Completely Different (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #9.7)
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ReleaseDec 25th, 2018
PublisherAccent Press
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GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Fiction, Short Stories

And Now For Something Completely Different (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #9.7) Review

  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Considering that historians generally equate Christmas with hijinx, this really IS a Christmas story. :)That being said, our intrepid pee-drenched explorers head to mars against all good sensibilities, precautions, and common sense. Especially since doing so inevitably screws up... everything. History, the timeline, other expeditions... who cares! It's now all about Covering One's Ass.Good thing we're on the historian's side... right?Fun story!
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  • Richard Derus
    January 1, 1970
    The Disaster Magnets go to Mars! The Time Police, poor lambs, are most unamused. There is no Yule tradition left that is more enjoyable than the St Mary's Christmas story. Now that the...carpetbaggers...in charge of Doctor Who have canned the Christmas special because "they're out of ideas."I ask you.But no such terror besets St Mary's Disaster Magnets! Here we are all gruntled and kempt and fully Christmased.(The missing star is docked from Author Taylor's ratings/wages for the infelicity of fl The Disaster Magnets go to Mars! The Time Police, poor lambs, are most unamused. There is no Yule tradition left that is more enjoyable than the St Mary's Christmas story. Now that the...carpetbaggers...in charge of Doctor Who have canned the Christmas special because "they're out of ideas."I ask you.But no such terror besets St Mary's Disaster Magnets! Here we are all gruntled and kempt and fully Christmased.(The missing star is docked from Author Taylor's ratings/wages for the infelicity of flashbacking the story.)
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Its Christmas Day, which can only mean one thing... a new St Mary’s novella, and we were certainly given something completely different. This year we follow some of the gang, old and new, as they explore Mars and witness the first landing of the red planet. This was certainly a change of pace (and genre) to the typical St Mary’s novels, with Max and Peterson playing a very minimal role in a jump that takes them into the future. Not being as connected to the future director of St Mary’s, or the T Its Christmas Day, which can only mean one thing... a new St Mary’s novella, and we were certainly given something completely different. This year we follow some of the gang, old and new, as they explore Mars and witness the first landing of the red planet. This was certainly a change of pace (and genre) to the typical St Mary’s novels, with Max and Peterson playing a very minimal role in a jump that takes them into the future. Not being as connected to the future director of St Mary’s, or the Time Police, I wasn’t as taken with the storyline this year - but Jodi certainly knows how to play with her genres in a fun way. This is almost like science fiction light, with all the fun and none of the heavy science and space talk - but I admit I missed the historical stuff, and the passion and attention to details that Jodi carefully manages to craft into her novels. Don’t get me wrong, this was entertaining and I flew through it... I just didn’t connect with it as much as I normally do. And I missed Markham.
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  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Such fun to see more of a different time period staff of St. Mary's and the Time Police. It's not confusing at all, right? :PAnd MARS! Jodi, you've certainly nailed the ability to entertain. :)
  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    It has become a tradition in recent years that Jodi Taylor releases a short story about the disaster magnets of St. Mary's institute on 25 December.This time, it's not necessarily Christmas in the story but who cares - we're going to Mars!!!Yep, Max, Petersen and a few other people stomp around the Red Planet to ensure the first Mars Landing will be successful.Naturally, there is a little bit of a problem up there and a little bit of a discovery in a lava tube (or was it?).For anyone being surpr It has become a tradition in recent years that Jodi Taylor releases a short story about the disaster magnets of St. Mary's institute on 25 December.This time, it's not necessarily Christmas in the story but who cares - we're going to Mars!!!Yep, Max, Petersen and a few other people stomp around the Red Planet to ensure the first Mars Landing will be successful.Naturally, there is a little bit of a problem up there and a little bit of a discovery in a lava tube (or was it?).For anyone being surprised about the destination, don't be. The pods have always jumped around the place (and time) so why not to another planet? This offers some VERY interesting musings on discoveries and whether or not humanity is ready for them, the history of humanity and human nature. Very well done.The author did a very good job with how this was written and also with tying it up in earlier books. This wasn't as funny as previous short stories - except for the very end - but it was very good nonetheless or especially because of that and as atmospheric as I had hoped despite Max and Tim only being in it on the periphery. :D
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  • Marjolein
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come!
  • J.A. Ironside
    January 1, 1970
    It's become a tradition for me to wait up after midnight on Christmas Eve to wait for delivery of the new St Mary's Christmas story to my kindle so I can start it immefiately. As the title suggest this is in a different vei than previous installments with the illicit xmas eve jump destination being Mars. It was still funny and entertaining although I would have preferred Max's pov. I'll be interested to see the author do a series on the Time Police since a) I am 90% in this for Max and the St Ma It's become a tradition for me to wait up after midnight on Christmas Eve to wait for delivery of the new St Mary's Christmas story to my kindle so I can start it immefiately. As the title suggest this is in a different vei than previous installments with the illicit xmas eve jump destination being Mars. It was still funny and entertaining although I would have preferred Max's pov. I'll be interested to see the author do a series on the Time Police since a) I am 90% in this for Max and the St Mary's cast and b) she has done too good a job prejudicing me against them! Highly recommend this entire series.
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  • Jen 3_Piets
    January 1, 1970
    Read St Mary’s How can I possibly describe to you The hilarity, the joy and the fun that comes from reading Jodi Taylor? You’re right. I can’t. Read them and you will see for yourself.
  • JPT
    January 1, 1970
    Ebook Grade: B+/A-Not a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers. Love this series. This Christmas short involves a little jaunt to Mars by combined "present" and "future" St. Mary's staff, much to the horror, rage, exasperation, etc, of the Time Police. All of the usual humor, nail-biting, and what-ifs are included, along with some references to SF greats.I've read all the St. Mary's books (but not all the shorts--I'm hoarding them as treats). I've also listened to the first Ebook Grade: B+/A-Not a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers. Love this series. This Christmas short involves a little jaunt to Mars by combined "present" and "future" St. Mary's staff, much to the horror, rage, exasperation, etc, of the Time Police. All of the usual humor, nail-biting, and what-ifs are included, along with some references to SF greats.I've read all the St. Mary's books (but not all the shorts--I'm hoarding them as treats). I've also listened to the first one audio. But now I'm contemplating a holiday audio binge of the whole series...(I used "present" and "future" because those are somewhat relative terms where time travel is concerned.)(Observation: Taylor really seems to dislike/be dismissive of the US/Americans, at least in this series.)
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    St Mary's Traditional Secret JumpSt Mary's at Christmas, time for eating, drinking, being merry and... secret jumps.This year it's a different St Mary's, a very different jump, and a very angry Chief of Time Police... and some of our favourite characters too... and the usual mayhem which follows a bright idea by St Mary's.Setting the stage for (hopefully) a new series featuring the Time Police, this is a St Mary's jump as never before (or is it?). Perfect Christmas afternoon reading, thanks Jodi St Mary's Traditional Secret JumpSt Mary's at Christmas, time for eating, drinking, being merry and... secret jumps.This year it's a different St Mary's, a very different jump, and a very angry Chief of Time Police... and some of our favourite characters too... and the usual mayhem which follows a bright idea by St Mary's.Setting the stage for (hopefully) a new series featuring the Time Police, this is a St Mary's jump as never before (or is it?). Perfect Christmas afternoon reading, thanks Jodi!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    A St Mary’s Christmas short story with a differencePrevious Christmas shorts had more of a Christmas theme, this story is completely different. Though it still has the traditional Christmas, illicit jump this tale is told more from the view of the Time Police and a future St Mary’s rather than that of Max & company. It is fast paced, amusing and is a great edition to the St Mary’s saga.
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  • Sian Bradshaw
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas story is something of an annual tradition for the St Mary's series. It fills in gaps between the next main instalment coming out.Whilst this story is a little different to the others, it is still as good and perhaps signals a different track as the Time Police are about to get their own series I understand. It's a nice little story that won't tax you much over Christmas and it's just lovely, even with the urine.
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  • Katrine Hoyt
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent!A wonderful short story for a cozy Christmas morning! Don't skip the author's preface; Taylor gives the reader a bit of back story in her trademark humour . If course I love Max as the POV, but this was an interesting change and was, indeed, something completely different!
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  • Sandra Agus
    January 1, 1970
    Totally different from the regular Christmas story. This one was more than just time travel, but also space travel. I like a bit of light science fiction. Meeting up with old friends from St. Mary’s, and from the future and a few new ones. Had me laughing out loud! Not much of history. But this was something different. Time police will be an interesting change. Enjoyable as always.
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  • Fern Adams
    January 1, 1970
    “When you’re at St. Mary’s it’s always Christmas somewhere” is yet another reason added to my (very long)list of factors as to why my new ambition in life is to become a historian there. In the latest of the St. Mary’s stories members of the current and future St. Mary’s and the Time Police become involved in a trip to Mars because well... why not! As hilarious as usual this is not one to miss!
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  • Sylvie Lucas
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect Christmas presentGlad I was on my own while I read this otherwise I would have had difficulty explaining why I was crying with laughter. Absolutely loved it. If you have never tried the St Mary's series, start reading them now.
  • Mary Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Another cracking St Mary’s StoryAnother cracking St Mary’s Story, from a different perspective. The Time Police are getting exasperated about St Mary’s antics again. Hey ho, great fun!
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Another winnerThis is probably my favorite series ever. Humorous, clever, and addictively fun to read. I cannot recommend the St. Mary's books too highly. This latest Christmas story has an unusual perspective, but it's every bit as wonderful as the previous ones.
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  • Rosemary Dreyer
    January 1, 1970
    A very different St. Mary’s short story. A good chunk of the book was in a “telling, not showing” manner that made me not really care for the story. The theme was good and important, but the way it was presented was not engaging. A disappointing “Christmas” escapade.
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  • Ela
    January 1, 1970
    Outstanding short storyUp at 7am boxing day for this. Dear Jodi you do not disappoint, thank you for another exciting Christmas read. Looking forward to the Time Police spin off. But I missed Markham..
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely completely different - not very Christmassy, not from Max's perspective, not including some familiar characters, very Time Police based - but still entertaining and setting up Jodi Taylor's forthcoming Time Police book.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely something different in the St Mary’s universe, almost...futuristic in fact! An enjoyable short story giving more depth to some old faces and the answer to a burning question at the same time!
  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful...as usual. Well worth the wait.
  • kathy bracy
    January 1, 1970
    Different... But still amazing.I loved it! Pinkie is the main character in this but if course max and Peterson are still there.
  • Mr J A Dicks
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas FunAnother great Christmas short story, a trip to Mars this time with a side order of urine. Funny and satisfying, a five star gift.
  • Sally Hallwood
    January 1, 1970
    Another Christmas classicAfter lunch my tradition of reading THE NEW St Mary's short story was Again this year a triumph,differently fun escapade
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    I love, love, love these stories. This one was a great read. I love St Mary's.
  • Sonny
    January 1, 1970
    Another great short story! It certainly was something completely different! I'm interested to see the Time Police series developed.
  • Judith D. Stanford
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, very interestingAnd very St. Mary's. I enjoyed it very much, especially the ending. Might even reread it tomorrow to make sure I didn't miss anything.
  • David Smith
    January 1, 1970
    St Mary’s ChristmasNot what I was expecting but wonderful never the less. Hope that any thoughts of another arc also has st Mary’s saga continuing
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