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Just what is History’s Truth?

An Argumentation of Historians Book Cover An Argumentation of Historians
The Chronicles of St Mary's Series Book 9
Jodi Taylor
Historians, action and adventure, sci-fi
Accent Press Ltd
February 22, 2018
320

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max, obviously, gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back...

When I found out that some more books had continued – what I had thought was the end of – the Chronicles of St Mary’s, I immediately bought them.

This is one of my favourite series as I love history – and even took it for A levels. and here much of what you read in the story is historically very accurate, you just have a number of people involved in these events by accident through time travel. Or as St Mary’s prefers to call it – viewing history in contemporary time.

Stories about Alexander The Great are many – he did so much in such a very short time, and thus must have been an amazing person, and I can quite see why anyone would want to go and see him for themselves. And to see one of the fabled cities of the Old World before destruction and a fabled Library too…

But as always things don’t go according to plan for Max and her compatriots. And Jodi Taylor’s imagination is let loose on just what can go wrong when a city is burning, and there are lots of drunken people about, and soldiers celebrating a win, and…

Note to author: please explain more about Roman manages to keep his pod working and even gets more bought and people paid.

Great fun and good suspense. Well written stories.

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Off to see what really happened

And the Rest Is History Book Cover And the Rest Is History
St Mary's Chronicles
Jodi Taylor
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, sci-fi
Accent Press Ltd
April 13, 2017
320

No one knows quite how, but Max and her baby are safe at last. No one knows quite how, but Peterson has persuaded Dr Foster to marry him. No one knows quite how, but Markham's marital status remains unknown. Certainly no one knows quite how a twelve-foot-high teapot has mysteriously materialised on the South Lawn, but it has. But they do know that Clive Ronan is back. They do know that he hates them and that this time he has good cause. And they do know that he will bring death and destruction in his wake. Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary's from the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, and from Hastings to the Sack of Constantinople in this, the eighth book in The Chronicles of St Mary's.

I love this series – which is not about time travel – not at all – it is all about viewing events in contemporaneous time. which means using a pod to travel to certain co-ordinates in time and space and tying to find out what really happened.

The problem for St Mary’s – the ‘academic’ institute which houses the historians that undertake this – is that something tends to go wrong. Regularly!  Hence the need to have them accompanied at all times by Security guys and to have a fully functioning hospital ward or 2.

I spend most of these books giggling. Snorting. and with tears running done my face from the hilarious escapades. Especially, when they get bored and decide to recreate (the R&D dept) events. Like Cleopatra and the carpet. Or various war machines , or…

Max, the heroine, is relentlessly practical. Once things have gone awry. Her reports are a work of Art. And then we have the Muse of History popping up to ensure that this timeline remains the same – even though there have been time wars.

So these books are well written. Humorous. Full of real (researched) history and some quite unbelievable happenstances that add a certain panache to the stories.

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Now is born the Angel – or not

Angel Unborn Book Cover Angel Unborn
Deadly Sins #1
Andris Bear
#AndrisBear ,#angel , #DeadlySins ,#Demon&Devils , #JezebelPress ,#paranormalromance , #psychic ,#ScienceFiction , #timetravel ,#urbanfantasy

Preferably not.

The author attempts a snarky female heroine, but fails to pull it off convincingly.

The storyline is derivative of others – see angel blood – saviour of the universe and so on…

 

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Andris Bears all

Angel Unborn
Deadly Sins #1
Andris Bear
Paranormal Romance  - Urban Fantasy - Science Fiction Fantasy- Psychic - Angel - Demon & Devils - Time Travel
Jezebel Press
(8 Oct. 2012)

Had your fill of Vampires and werewolves? Prefer your immortal warriors with a bit more legend?

Hell has literally come to Earth for one mortal and what’s worse, she is expected to leave behind all hope for a family of her own to stand in defense of humanity against the darkest forces of Hell. But when Satan offers her the normal life she covets, Joey must decide if the price of mankind’s salvation is worth her own damnation.
Strong-willed Joey Benton is the half-mortal child of an angel with heavenly powers. She has no knowledge of her heritage or the power running through her veins until she meets a handsome stranger who forces her to question her life and the world around her. And she quickly becomes a key player in a battle that will define a victory for Heaven or Hell.
Ursus, a sexy Archangel, doesn’t want the responsibility of another charge, especially when Joey is so defiant. Protecting her from Hell might very well be the biggest challenge of his immortal life. But when his feelings for Joey get in the way of his duty, it’s a challenge he refuses to lose.

Interview with the Author

Q – So, what makes the Deadly Sins series special?

A – When I set out to write Angel Unborn, I wanted to write the kind of books I like to read. My favorites are usually paranormal romance novels with not only strong heroes but strong heroines who can stand on their own. I enjoy a great fantasy or science fiction novel as well. Basically, anything with a kick-butt attitude and a touch of something different that grabs my attention.

The Deadly Sins books are a great mix of these genres. You’ll find the series focuses on angels and demons but also features psychics, ghosts, the mythical gods, and other supernatural favorites. Either I have commitment issues, or I like to keep things interesting! I’d like to think it’s the latter.

Overall, the Deadly Sins series is designed to keep you turning the pages – and I’ve made sure there’s never a dull moment.

Q – What order should I read the books in?

A – I’ve written the series so you can read the books in any order (except for All Wicked’s Eve—it should be read after Demon Undamned). If you do want to read them in order, I’d suggest the following sequence:

– Angel Unborn
– Angel Redeemed (accompanying novelette to Angel Unborn)
– Angel Unleashed
– Hexed (novella that ties into Angel Unleashed)
– Demon Undamned
– All Wicked’s Eve

Q – So, why should readers give these books a try?

A – Because the Deadly Sins series is a fast, fun, humorous ride that takes no prisoners! Ultimately, readers who enjoy strong heroes, snarky heroines, and lightning-fast pacing with a plot that twists and turns all the way to the end will get a kick out of this series.

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When time went backwards – or did it?

The Summer of Impossible Things Book Cover The Summer of Impossible Things
Rowan Coleman
time travel, science fiction, fantasy
Ebury Press
January 10, 2017
400

This summer, get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. This is THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE for a new generation of readers. Available to pre-order now! If you could change the past, would you? Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's only prepared to reveal after her death. Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother's birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible - magical - happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. At first Luna's thinks she's going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything - everything - to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

A slow burn story where you are taken into the esoteric world of physics gently so that you understand the concept of the multiverse and what happens when you kill your grandmother!

A multiverse is, apparently, a hypothetical collection of identical or diverse universes, including our own.

And of course there is Schrodinger’s cat to help us understand it – when you open he box he is there and dead, there and not dead, or not there at all and you don’t know which until you open the box.

…. the question commonly asked about your grandfather also apparently has many different answers –maybe as many the multiverses themselves!

  1. You may have prevented yourself from being born and thus when you return to your own timeline you are an anomaly with no previous existence.
  2. You can’t return as you no longer exist anywhere.
  3. You haven’t made any difference as you killed your grandfather in a different universe
  4. and so on…

In this book a different concept is proposed, that you can go not only to a different universe but also  to one that it is running at a different time, and thus the connection between the two keeps throwing you into a different universe with different  histories. In each universe you enter with your old memories but you gradually lose them and remember a new history.

So as you go back and forward between these universes you affect the one in which you end up until you are in one where the history you want is the correct one for that universe.

I just wish I knew more about theoretical physics before reading this book but I am fairly sure that time travel is less likely than universe hopping so I am doubtful that she really affected the timeline, merely that she ended up in the universe where she liked the timeline and family history.

I have to give this a 5 for stretching my brain uncomfortably!

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