August 13, 2017

Time is running out! You have TWO WEEKS!

Time may have more elastic properties for the historians of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, but in our space/time continuum there are only about two weeks left before the August 28, 2017 meeting of the Kansas City SF&F Literati book club.

The Barnes & Noble overview offers us a glimpse of what's in store: "The first book in the USA Today bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone’s cup of tea.

“'History is just one damned thing after another.' —Arnold Toynbee

"Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it 'time travel'—these historians 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time.' And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

"The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary’s is that one wrong move and history will fight back—sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting.

"The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tell the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Chief Leon Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

"From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary’s go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake."

Several copies of each month's selection are normally available through the Johnson County Library or Mid-Continent Public Library. It's also available from meeting host Barnes & Noble BooksellersAmazon, and Kansas City's own Rainy Day Books.

The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Oak Park Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Overland Park, KS, at 7:00 p.m. the evening of Monday, August 28, 2017Everyone is welcome to come, even if they haven't read the book.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Goodreads for the cover image.

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