The Long and Short of It
Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's as they hurtle around history! The ninth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's Series collects the bestselling short stories plus a brand new story, A Perfect Storm. All have new introductions by Jodi Taylor.
When a Child is Born A jump back to 1066 to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror goes slightly astray.
This series is funny and nutty and some folks love it (me) and some folks pass it over. My stars are for those who love it. The rest of you will need to find your own fun out there in the world!
I had read all the storied before when Audible suggested I buy this. And I did and it was worth it even if only for the short introductions to each story by Ms. Taylor.
The Very First Damned Thing: 5 stars
When a Child is Born: 3 stars
Roman Holiday: 4 stars
Christmas Present: 4 stars
Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings: 5 stars
The Great St Mary's Day Out: 4 stars
My Name is Markham: 5 stars
A Perfect Storm: 4 stars
The Long and Short of It collects all short stories from St. Mary's up until A Perfect Storm. Having read all of the previous stories (they are reviewed under their titles), I was curious for A Perfect Storm, which has since been released on it's own as well.
I've always liked these short stories and would recommend them to fans of the series that haven't started on them yet but sticked to the normal books. While not necessary to follow ...more
My 5 stars are primarily for the last short, which takes place after the end of the 8th novel, "And the Rest Is History". It neatly capstones that superb novel--but stands all by itself, believe me--and is the file-sharing fun we've come to expect from author Taylor and her creations. And the wonderful tiny bit at the end...I believe some of those fetid vapours have got in my eyes. I am not crying and smiling with delight!
All the shirts are good reading (and I have ...more
Although it's slightly disjointed because the stories are little novella's between the books in the main series, it's a nice taster to go back through the series and dip in every now and then.
Rolicking good series.
The stories found in this collection I've read in ebook form and it's good to have them all in one go. I really like the new author sections that share where and how these stories were writing, they do give wonderful insight into it.
The one additional story 'A Perfect Storm' was just more great St. Mary's.
Read this collection if you love the series.
Onward to the next book!
And Merry Christmas to me--I giggled my way through this book!
The stories are fun because they lack the grimness and sucker punches that Taylor gives her characters in the novel. Here it's all Peterson peeing on Max and Markham looking like an idiot but no one dying or having something horrible happen.
Another thing which tends to swoop right past me when I read the novels is that while the past which the historians are ...more
Buyer beware if you think this is a whole new book.
This is a collection of short stories and all but one has been released before.
As much as I love the novels I think that the short story format is wonderful for this series. It allows the inherent silliness that you have come to expect to shine through with out having to worry about dealing with the consequences of events for a whole novel.
If the novels are the meal then these little tidbits are the desert. Without the ...more
When a Child is Born
Max and her team have one small task - witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. What could go wrong? Let me list the ways!
A short story that makes you laugh and think (well a little bit)
t seemed so innocent, it always does with St Marys! Then there is Caesar, Cleopatra, assassination attempts and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
As always Ms Taylor tells a Christmas story which ...more
The stories are:- When a Child is Born, Roman Holiday, Christmas Present, Ships and Stings and ...more
This is a collection of bite-sized short stories which you can read along the way.
To begin with, I'd say it's best not to read them in chronological order: stick with the main novels for a few books. They're brilliant, and you'll get to know and care about the characters.
Published 2018. 462 pages.
I discovered Jodi Taylors Saint Marys Series (The Study of History in Contemporary Time - theyre not permitted to call it time travel) in the summer of 2019 and very happily gorged myself on all ten novels in the series almost one after another, but I never got around to reading this tome of short stories until last week (June, 2020).
There are eight stories in all, each a little bit longer than 50 pages, most meant to take place after each of the ...more
However, one of my chief complaints about the original recordings of The Very First Damned Thing and My Name is Markham was the narrators. I have always had trouble adjusting to different narrators within the same series and I found both of those stories to be ...more
I have read all the novels in this series except the last, and I think the shorts are better.
They couldn't exist without the novels, but still. As others have noted, these seem more relaxed, no one gets maimed, and there's not very much of Clive Bloody Ronan (I always use his full name), perhaps my least favourite character in all the books I've read.
Markham continues to advance in visibility and laughs, and it's ...more
Habitually tongue-tied when asked to talk about herself, she gets round this by describing herself as tall, incredibly beautiful, witty and technically proficient.
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Just One Damned Thing ...more