Book Review: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

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At some point last year, I must have been on a kick to enter tons of Goodreads Giveaways in the hopes I’d get a bunch of free books. Included in that over-zealous moment was Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor. I tend to get lucky in terms of winning a giveaway once each month, and earlier this year, I won this book. When I received the email, I looked the book up as I couldn’t remember anything about it… and for the life of me, I couldn’t understand why I picked it given it’s science fiction and fantasy. I reasoned out that it had a cool premise where historians time travel to the past to see what happened, and well, that does kinda raise my interest. So… trying to clear off my list of ARCs (I’ve got 11 left… almost there for my 5/31 deadline… and I punished myself by not allowing any new ones until these are done)… I slotted it for this week, and wow! It was such a surprise and fantastic read.

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It’s the first (except for a short prequel) in a series with ~10 books already (and it’s only been 3 or 4 years since the author started writing the series from what I can tell). A group of modern history buffs work for a secret organization who travels back in time to either correct any interference from criminals trying to alter the timeline or to study and learn the reasons why things happened (that we never really understood). In this initial book, we visit dinosaurs, great library fires, epic wars and battles, and other great historical events. Throw in some romance, many suspenseful moments, the classic good versus evil battle, some interesting history lessons, and a really fun and easy-to-read style, and you’ve got a winning book series.

It was a difficult start because the two year old inside me kept saying “but what about,” or “how did this happen,” and then “you never explained” … yet truthfully… it’s the kinda book and topic where you will never have all the answers as it doesn’t exist in reality. Time travel isn’t a real thing (as far as I know, but clearly I don’t know everything so there’s some potential I am dead wrong), so why should I feel the need to invent all these rules and structure. The book has several already to give us appropriate constructs within which the historians can move around. We don’t learn how the machine was built, what it can/can’t do, etc. We just know the researchers can get in a pod, punch in coordinates and voila, they are there. That’s good enough for me as I don’t read this genre often. If you get hung up with needing all the specifics, then I don’t think this book is for you unless in future ones within the series, it’s more clearly explained. That said, it’s such a fun journey, I really don’t think you need to worry about knowing everything. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as the historians do.

The main character changes jobs and is at the end of her rope when a former mentor invites her to a mysterious meeting. Fast-forward five years later to when she’s a leading member of the historian team jumping through time. She’s smart and spunky, but definitely has a few flaws. It makes her more likable and human. When she battles the evil characters, I kinda laughed at how she just survives anything thrown at her, but it’s good drama. I really can’t encourage you enough to just let it flow and think about the fantasy aspects of this opportunity. It’s not real life, so if she can kill a few people and walk away without worrying too much, then I suppose I can do that for a few hours, too!

Thank you to the author and publisher for including this in a giveaway. You’ve got a new fan and I will pick up another in the series this year.

 

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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24 thoughts on “Book Review: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

    Jina Bazzar said:
    April 26, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    I wonder if you’re gonna go down with the fantasy fever too.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 26, 2018 at 9:16 AM

      Ha! I’m trying to take on more! 🙂 you’re helping with that… I’ve got one in May, then yours in June… perhaps I’ll become a genre mega fun! 🙂

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    Priyasha said:
    April 26, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Great review ❤

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    April 26, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    You are certainly exploring your fantasy side this month Jay. Lol. And you’ve been fortunate enough to pick up ones you enjoyed. I’ve been quite hesitant with fantasy as well but found that I enjoyed the ones I did try.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 26, 2018 at 10:25 AM

      THis is a good starter one if you like history. I have been lucky. :). What’s next on your list fantasy wise to read?

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        April 26, 2018 at 11:13 AM

        Well I still have to get to the second part of the Shadow Fall duology and then I won Children of Blood and Bone this month…. so those will be the books!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 26, 2018 at 11:17 AM

        I have to look up that second one. Cool! Congrats on the win.

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        April 26, 2018 at 12:24 PM

        Thanks 😉

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    April 26, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    I’m so glad that you mentioned the questions you had while reading this book! I FELT THE SAME WAY!! You really can’t question too much reading this one! I enjoyed the story, but I can certainly see where the title comes from… It almost felt like TOO much was going on in this book at times!!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 26, 2018 at 10:27 AM

      Yes. If you tried to figure out the rules your head might explode. Maybe I should have been drinking while reading it.

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        April 26, 2018 at 10:32 AM

        I don’t know. I probably WAS drinking while reading it! And it still blew my mind! Lol!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 26, 2018 at 10:33 AM

        You seem to have the right way of doing things down pat. Is that the right spelling for that last word? Lol

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        April 26, 2018 at 10:41 AM

        Yes. You spelled it correctly. And I’ve had years of training. 😉😂

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    DaisyGal @ DG Book Blog said:
    April 26, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Great review! I don’t usually read fantasy, but I do like to change things up from time to time and will check it out! You’re so lucky to win so often! I do every once in a blue moon, but I have never won a Goodreads giveaway. I’m such a sucker and can’t help but enter them anyway! =D

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 26, 2018 at 10:49 AM

      I like to believe the more you enter, the luckier you get! I enter a lot places, so it’s not just Goodreads where I win. Sometimes I got 4 or 5 months with nothing there, but I win on other sites. 🙂

      This was definitely one to chance from another genre if you like history, too.

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    Phantom Paper said:
    April 26, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    This was funny😄 What a great review!

    You don’t need 1000 words to convince me, just mention ‘time travel’ and I’m sold! I have this great obsession with time-travel(except Dr.Who. I know, ‘Gah, the blasphemy!’😁). This reminds me of a TV Show called ‘Timeless’ based on a somewhat similar premise. The charming Matt Lanter is in it😏 I also love a book series called ‘Time Riders’ by Alex Scarrow.

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    Nice review Jay. I haven’t heard of this, but it sounds like something I’d be interested in. 😊

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    April 26, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Thanks for this review, Jay. I do like books about time travellers. You should read Time to Lie by Phil Taylor. I thought he had a very interesting take on time travel.

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    Rae Longest said:
    May 10, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    I LOVED this book. I read it some time ago, and I believe I read the sequel.

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