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The Long and Short Of It, Jodi Taylor 18 October 2023

2017 science fiction anthology collecting stories in the Chronicles of St Mary's series (time travel).

I've read a couple of these before as individual publications, but this is the collection of all the short fiction; they've all come out as distinct ebooks, often at Christmas. It's mostly fairly short and light, and largely avoids the heavy emotional trauma of recent entries in the main line of novels.

"When a Child is Born" has a team sent to observe the coronation of William I (on Christmas Day 1066). Things go awry, of course, and they end up interfering in something they shouldn't have been anywhere near. Good fun.

"Roman Holiday" has the team sent in to observe Caesar shortly before his assassination, and preventing a different assassination.

"Christmas Present" gives a surprising depth to what's basically a cross-time rescue. (And Boudicca gets involved.)

"Ships and Stings And Wedding Rings" (previously reviewed) is a pleasingly lightweight diversion with an unusual bit of medical research in it.

"The Very First Damned Thing" is the story of Bairstow's setting up of St Mary's – carefully never admitting that he is a time traveller himself.

"The Great St Mary's Day Out" (previously reviewed) was nearly titled "The Man Who Dropped Shakespeare".

"My Name is Markham" has the team putting on a Christmas entertainment for children, and if you're read any of these books you'll know what a terrible idea that is.

"A Perfect Storm" has the TV people visiting, and needing to be kept sweet (while nobody admits the time travel thing of course).

There's nothing astounding here; "The Very First Damned Thing" fills in some background in an interesting way, but it's not essential for appreciating the stories. Good fun, though.

See also:
Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings, Jodi Taylor
The Great St Mary's Day Out, Jodi Taylor

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Previous in series: When a Child is Born/Roman Holiday/Christmas Present/Ships and Stings And Wedding Rings/The Very First Damned Thing/The Great St Mary's Day Out/My Name is Markham/A Perfect Storm | Series: Chronicles of St Mary's | Next in series: And the Rest Is History
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