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296 pages, Paperback
First published June 1, 2013
Think of History as a living organism, with its own defence mechanisms. History will not permit anything to change events that have already taken place. If History thinks, even for one moment, that that is about to occur, then it will, without hesitation, eliminate the threatening virus. Or historian, as we like to call them.Although Just One Damned Thing After Another completely sucked me in while I was reading it, in the cold light of morning its shortcomings became more apparent. There are several inconsistencies in plot and characterization, particularly where one character, at a key point in the story, acts in a way that seems completely out of character for him. The plot focuses much more on action than depth; several events get glossed over that really could have benefited from more details, like the main character’s abusive childhood, which is referred to only in the vaguest of terms, but has a lot to do with the person she’s become.
And it’s easy. How difficult is it to cause a ten-ton block of stone to fall on a potentially threatening historian observing the construction of Stonehenge? Another cup?
“The screaming redoubled. You put dinosaurs and people together, you always get screaming.”