Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
Dr Maxwell, newly qualified takes up a post at St Mary’s Institute and is in for the experience of her life.
My overall impression?
Brilliant!!! What a fantastic book. I loved every word, which is something I don’t often say. It is one of those stories that is a bit daft, a bit weird, a bit sci-fi, a bit historical, a bit of comedy, a bit racy but a lot of adventure and fun. I don’t usually like fantasy books, but this one is a corker. The humour is distinctly British and it is full of quirky language and dialogue, a bit like a younger take on Terry Pratchett but in the real world. If time travel could be deemed ‘real world’.
Who are the main characters?
First and foremost is Dr Maxwell – ‘Max’, she is the main protagonist and the story is told from her first person point of view. She is joined by a series of trainees, The Chief, The Boss and a plethora of other characters which never get confused. They are so well drawn they are all distinct and separate in my mind as I read. I suppose the institute itself is also a character – a little bit of a cross between St Trinians and Dr Who.
Where is it set?
It is set in modern day Genericshire which could really be anywhere, but the overall tone of the book is most definitely British. In it, Max and her team travel literally all over the world up and down the timeline, from the Cretaceous period to Ancient Egypt and all over the place.
Will I read the next in the series?
I absolutely will, it is fantastic and I loved it.
Would I recommend it to my friends?
Yes, without doubt. It is the best book I’ve read for a long time and it would be lovely to talk to other people about it so hurry up people and read this book.