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Plan for the Worst (The Chronicles of St Mary's, 11) Audio CD – MP3 Audio, December 29, 2020
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Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a history nut. Her Chronicles of St. Mary’s, a wild mix of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else the author could think of, began as a self-published book entitled Just One Damned Thing After Another. It’s now a bestselling, wildly addictive series.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (December 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 171357280X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713572800
- Item Weight : 2.39 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,385,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read every book in the Saint Mary's canon and have yet to leave a review.
I would say that it is important that one read these in order and handily, there is a guide at the end of this book. If you jump in here, you'll not understand the full implications and stunning developments of this amazing book. I won't spoil it, I will just say that every time I finish one of Ms. Taylor's book, I proclaim it my favorite one yet and I'm sorry it is over. I love love love this entire series. Plan for the Worst however, is my favorite. It isn't often I am left stunned by a revelation in character development, but this time, I was thunderstruck, or as the British would say, gobsmacked. Start at the beginning of the series and read them all - they're worth the time and money. Then you will have the same reaction I did with this book.
I am going back to the beginning and re-reading the series so I can leave proper reviews. They are all 5 star books. I tell every one of my reading friends to get them all.
I will say it again: Jodi Taylor is my new Gold-Standard Author.
Reviews are tough because, honestly, how may ways and times can the same book be described without giving away too much? Rhetorical question. So, I like to stick to the basics.
1. Is it a good story? ................YES
2. Has it been well edited?.... YES
3. Cliffhanger? ........NO
4. Unnecessary and/or abundance of foul language?.... NO
5. Explicit sex? ........NO
6. Unnecessary and/or abundance of sexual references? ...NO
7. Does it leave me wanting more?...................... DEFINITELY!
Some may want to know if it is realistic. My answer is "I don't care because I read for pleasure".
Does that cover the major points for ya?
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The thing that keeps this series fresh for me, is that Jodi doesn’t stick to going to well known points in time. We land in Crete and London July 1483 and hop between other places but they’re never well known points in history (at least, not for me) and I am glad of that. As it keeps the cast of characters on their toes, wondering where their Mistress is going to dream up, to send them next.
This book is one of the funniest I’ve read in the series. There’s quite a few times where I had to stop reading, because the tears were rolling down my cheeks, I couldn’t see the words on the page anymore. And then when I did pick up the book again, I would read the same lines and the whole process would start over again. By page 25 or so, I’d read quite a few lines out to my ever-suffering dad (who also reads the series), that he probably doesn’t need to read this book now. And page 86, I nearly fell off my seat.
Markham is still the scene stealer of the series, and although he’s largely underused for this book, we do see a lot of him towards the end, and at one point, my exact words were “what the f***”. This part is a serious mindf*** and you’ll either love the idea, or hate it/Markham completely.
The main issue I have with these books (and JD Robb/Janet Evanovich) is there’s no real concept of time passing. Max frequently mentions that she’s not as young as she used to be, and frequent time travelling adventures (with time still passing in whatever era she finds herself in), means I’ve never really had any real idea of what age she actually is at the beginning and what age she is now. You would assume years have passed, but at the same time, no one else seems to be aging/retiring and everything is just plodding along, as if a couple of weeks have passed since the previous instalment.
But how long can this series carry on for? Unless you’re reading each book back to back, there are a lot of salient points that you’ll not remember. I read the first few in the series back to back, but then I have had to wait for the rest to be released. A fresh re-read of the series may have set some points in my head for this particular entry into the series. I would highly recommend if you’re a big fan of this series, to re-read the series beforehand, just to refresh your memory.
Where can this series go from here? I wouldn’t say that this ends on a particular cliffhanger, not like some of the earlier instalments but you’re still left wondering. Until next year.
pressure flow; pipe diameters and drips. So there you have it.
I have read every book in this series so the beginning confused me.
I had last read of Matthew being grown, so to have him back as a child was wrong. However, I soon got back into the swing of reading, giggling, and sheer amazement at the characters' behaviour and pickles they find themselves in.
I should point out though, that the flu pandemic mentioned about Paris, was no doubt COVIDI9.
Just not recognized in this version of history.
This is not the book to start the series though, and it really isn't standalone. There are too many characters who appear tangentially and too many past adventures.
I love this series and the madcap weary disasters and the strange romances between unusual characters.
History is explained in a very readable form and thus the books are educational too! And very very funny, but with bathos and pathos, and sadness too.