Given how little they had seen of the events, I couldn't understand how the historians could be so certain a that he was really Ephialtes; or b that they were recreating events that should have happened. Of course, if they intervened at all then that must be how history always had been in order to preserve the timeline, so they weren't actually changing anything at all This mental Gordian knot is, I suspect, why Taylor initially chose to preclude her characters from participating in events in the past.
It just doesn't work. Perhaps we should just slice through it by ignoring the paradoxes and enjoying the story. The Good: I always say this: but the sparky dialogue and humour in these books is a complete joy to read. I love the idiosyncratic English jokes Taylor throws around it did take me a while to work out what the "WPB file" was, but I got there in the end , and I'm constantly impressed by her ability to combine that humour with well-researched history and serious issues.
There are some seriously dark moments in this and the previous book. Taylor's references are light-touch, not dwelling on the horror, but they're more than sufficient to get her point across. The way that they are written is so evocative that you can almost feel the protagonist turning her head away from events as she narrates them. The Bad: In places, I found it a little difficult to distinguish who was doing what. In particular, during the Thermopylae adventure Markham and Peterson were hard to differentiate at times.
I think this is partly a characterisation issue they speak in a fairly similar way and partly a function of the pacing of the novel. Either way, I had to do a fair bit of re-reading to work out what was going on at times.
Although the book ends with a big event I won't spoil it for you , for me there was no significant climax to the novel. It didn't particularly detract from my enjoyment of the book, but the usual thread of central plot line that underpins these stories disappeared about halfway through, so it felt like two novellas rather than a single novel. The climax to the first part was more dramatic and compelling. The comparison made the second half feel a little flatter than the first, which to my mind is the wrong way round.
The Ugly: As with the other books in the series, there were a few squiffy punctuation marks and typos scattered around. The typos were a bit more frequent in this instalment, and they tripped me up a few times.
Question marks were frequently conspicuous by their absence. It's a shame that these wonderful books aren't better polished by their editors. The Quote: "Everyone needs rules. After all, how can you break what doesn't exist? Rules give anarchy something to aim for.
View 1 comment. Mar 07, Debrac rated it really liked it. Good fun for the most part, except when everything goes wrong! Jun 30, Rbucci rated it really liked it. Much like the other books, fast paced and full of history. I love reading and following the relationships between the characters. Oct 22, Marjolein rated it really liked it Shelves: time-travel , read-in-english.
I was not disappointed. Returning to St Mary's was great even though I only left for half a day. Your favorite time-traveling historians return in order to cause more mayhem. No Time Like The Past focuses slightly more on St Mary's related problems, as they travel back in time to investigate the mysterious ghost that Markham keeps seeing, try to secure some more treasures to be found on the grounds of St Mary's and most difficultly, try to get the general public interested in History.
Indeed, people-person Max needs to organize St Mary's in order to have a open day, of course in the typical style you've come to expect Oh, how I wish I could attend it.
It was a great follow up to A Trail Through Time, which left us hanging with certain threats. But, all is well that ends well. Except for the car, it gets crashed.
Being a time traveling historian is hard and dangerous work, and enfant terrible Max has become an elder statesman through the loss of many colleagues. Luckily most of the core group of freaks that she works with, like accident prone Markham or vicious nurse Helen, are still around to keep life interesting. Max goes on several excursions into the past The Grand Exhibition! It's all very charming and funny. I'm torn between wanting more Being a time traveling historian is hard and dangerous work, and enfant terrible Max has become an elder statesman through the loss of many colleagues.
I'm torn between wanting more of these episodic romps through history and wanting more overaching plot. As always, awesome to be back at St Mary's. Not one of my favorites, another 4. Just some duller parts for me this time around. Still really enjoyable! This might be my favorite of the series, because it might be the funniest.
I laughed aloud a few times, but I also kept realizing that I was just grinning like an idiot as I read. I'm grinning now. Jan 31, Melanie Mel's Bookland Adventures rated it liked it. Rollicking time travel adventure. Makes no sense, yet, I find I enjoy them. Nov 08, Anita Reads rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , science-fiction , read , wheel-a-thon.
Only someone has decided to go back themselves to try and change things for their own benefits, so instead people at St.
In this one St. We actually saw a lot more of this book fro [3. We actually saw a lot more of this book from the office at St. If you do decide to pick these up I definitely recommend reading them that way. Feb 24, Linette rated it really liked it. Another excellent outing with the disaster prone history department of St. Sep 08, puppitypup rated it it was amazing Shelves: humor , adventure , romance , time-travel , plump-heroines.
At last, the happy ending! Plus, just today, Book 7 appeared on Goodreads. That means I still have two books to go. I am one happy camper! I love this series, I can definitively say it is my favorite of all time. This collection presents those two 45s, in addition to their unheard third single and no less than six newly-discovered unreleased recordings and demos of exceptional quality.
Revealed at last is the detailed history of the band, as told by former members Jim Hilditch and Billy Carroll, and embellished with stunning never-before-seen photos. Meet the Gods of the Fifth Floor. They work hard. They play hard. They f ck harder. Think Madmen meets Suits. They have history. They have a connection.
They have unfinished business. Beck Money. The ghosts of Meet the Gods of the Fifth Floor. The ghosts of my past haunt my future. The money. The hook-ups. The ad agency. The friends. I should be proud of my achievements. Instead, my success is marred by guilt. It weighs heavy on my mind day and night. My future is apparently bright. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages.
More Details Gods of the Fifth Floor 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Beck , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 05, Dora Koutsoukou rated it liked it. Totally different characters yet appealing and intriguing!!! He was in for an ultimate surprise, as he accidentally had an encounter with the love of his life who had disappeared for the last twelve years!!!
While the other three Gods were the basic secondary characters, it was confusing and kept me out of focus. I was able to distinguish one from the other after the first half of the story. Mar 03, Sissy's Romance Book Review rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary , arc-author-publisher , series , booksprout , kindle-sent , some-what-alpha , read , give-me-books-promotions , second-chance-at-love , trt.
Beck and Melissa had been in love with they were younger but something happened and Melissa just disappeared. Beck, Raine, Nate and Dillion have built a Empire that has brought them wealth and success. But, Beck still can't get Melissa out of his mind fully even with all his wealth along with as many women as he could want nothing Melisa and Beck end up meeting again for through their work.
Beck of course wants answers as to what happened to her that made her leave. Melisa knows her secret might be more than he will handle. This was a good second chance at love story. Great start to a new series Mar 03, Geraldine Streit rated it liked it. I was a bit disappointed with this story. Characters are all over the place. And they keep repeating themselves. For more then half of the book the story seems going nowhere.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. View 1 comment. Mar 03, Michelle Krystel rated it it was amazing. I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. This book was extremely hot and emotional. The sexual tension, the teasing, t hg e banter. It definitely kept me on my feet. I love the guys and I can't wait for the rest of there story.
As for Melissa I just don't kn w how I feel about her right now. I feel like she really messed up Beck and he didn't deserve that. And I just don't agree with her reasoning I just can't. I love beck though. He's I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. He's truly great.
Feb 21, Adriana rated it it was amazing Shelves: arcs. Firstly I would like to thank the author for giving me the honor of reading and reviewing an ARC of this book. I've loved all that she has written previously and i knew this would not be any different. I found this book different from her previous writing more mellow but still just as good. Beck seems to have it all Money , power , woman but there has always been something missing Melissa is a Senior VP of Firstly I would like to thank the author for giving me the honor of reading and reviewing an ARC of this book.
Beck seems to have it all Money , power , woman but there has always been something missing Melissa is a Senior VP of marketing in Beyner America, has worked and sacrificed alot to be where she is , but her past still haunts her till this day. When Mel gets asked to sit in a hear a pitch, she doesn't expect the one that got away to walk through the door, both not expecting each other both just as shocked as the other. They haven't see each other in 12 years.
Amongst the boys Melissa is known as the one who broke Becks heart and ruined him for all other woman Beck needs answers why Mel just up and left and he wont stop till he gets them. No matter how much time has past the off the chain sexual chemistry is still there, but it wont be as easy to pick up where they left off all those years ago, and secrets tear people apart every day, and Melissa has a huge one.
When Beck finds out why she left will he able to forgive and forget or will it all be too much for him to handle. Can they start again or will the past come back to haunt them, and when Beck finds out Mel's huge secret will he able to forgive and move on or will it be too much to forgive. Is a second chance in the cards of Mel and Beck. Your going to have to read it to find out. This book is about a love lost but not gone , about the one that got away, its about second chances.
I cannot wait for all the boys to get their own book. Both were 14 or 15 years old and went to the same junior high. There was no real talk about putting a band together until February 7th, , when the two saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. They named themselves the Electras, after the popular Buick sedan of the period.
The four started practising, alternately in Billy's living room or Jim's basement, where they quickly graduated from no-frills instrumental workouts to British Invasion-style vocal tunes. They improved rapidly, and in short order were ready to play out.
The young band appeared at school events, weekend dances and private parties. The kids dug their sound, so the band kept rehearsing, and played as many gigs as they could.
It wasn't long before they cultivated a loyal following. It got to the point where they found themselves performing weekend engagements all over the state - "Much to the consternation of our parents", laughs Bill.
Word about the new group spread, popularity grew and the first manager, Mike Leonard, came - and went. Dick was the producer and director of the popular local TV show Dance Party; Jack, a year-old college student and songwriter, worked for the same program as a floor director. Dick was always trying to help everyone. Around this time the Electras had to reorganize themselves into a new band. So we decided to bring me out front full time," says Bill.
Mike Berand left, because his parents felt the band was taking too much time away from his schoolwork. Jeff Johnson, another school chum, came in to play bass and Mike "Muff" Comfort replaced Billy on the drums. Jack Sender has another reason why Billy should have been featured more as a vocalist, "On stage Billy was an animal that the girls loved - the crowds went nuts for him and the band.
This led to more popularity, more gigs - and the first record. For one thing, Elsie Edwards is actually fat, not just "pudgy". She's clearly obese, she eats for comfort, she steals people's food and lunch money, and she's been in trouble for her bad habits. And yet you still feel sympathy for her because even a sneaky thief with an eating problem doesn't deserve the bullying she gets from her classmates and for her own mother to treat her like shit and blatantly favor her spoiled little sister.
Jenny Sawyer is a likeable protagonist. She's not perfect and at times you do kinda want to shake her a little, but she doesn't just pick on Elsie out of wanting to fit in; when she does get pissed at Elsie it's after the money is stolen. And more importantly? She changes. She realizes that Elsie is indeed human and reaches out to her, becoming her friend. Elsie's transformation and integration into the group is well done, as are her efforts to slim down.
Unfortunately, her mother is a horrible person and keeps treating her like a bad seed rather than realizing her daughter is trying to change. Granted, going along with the other girls' hitchhiking plan wasn't a good move for obvious reasons, but even when ROBIN is the one who makes it worse by jumping back in the truck to get her purse Mrs.
Edwards is all too eager to blame Elsie for the whole thing. As well as Robin and Kenny making a mess in the kitchen in an earlier chapter. Because precious baby Robin can do no wrong and Elsie is a bad bad girl. Yeah, I don't like Elsie's mother, can you tell? But ultimately Elsie gets her well-deserved happy ending. As for Jenny, her plot is slightly more simplistic: Get better at math and learn compassion.
She does both with the help of Elsie, who's a whiz at math and accepts Jenny's offer of friendship once the initial tension is out of the way. So yes. Unlike the whiny, irritating Jill Brenner and the plot device Linda Fischer, Jenny Sawyer and Elsie Edwards are well-written characters who give this plot the sensitivity and dignity it deserves.
Read and reread this as a kid, since it was one of my precious book order books! There was something so satisfying about the scene at the slumber party when the mom takes Elsie's pinned together clothes and tailors them for her, and then yells back when Elsie's mother calls to complain about her meddling!
I mean, I realize now that it's a bit problematic how Elsie is treated and how much better things get as she loses weight, I also don't remember if anything is resolved with her mother, who is Read and reread this as a kid, since it was one of my precious book order books! I mean, I realize now that it's a bit problematic how Elsie is treated and how much better things get as she loses weight, I also don't remember if anything is resolved with her mother, who is basically emotionally abusive.
But it felt very, very real, and the relationships all around felt extremely natural. View 2 comments. Feb 25, Chris rated it it was amazing. When I was in 5th grade, I encountered this book under some odd circumstances while staying at a girl's house. I picked it up and started reading, and was hooked.
I love it. I loved it as a kid, and having recently ordered it online and read it again, I love it all the more as an adult, and can appreciate how excellent it is on a deeper level.
The characters are just totally REAL. That's the best way to put it. I could relate to them, boys and girls alike. It easily could have been my class. Even the first-person narration captured a kid's way of thinking excellently. And it's not just the characters; the story itself was very true-to-life as well.
The story itself is just a great rollercoaster ride of fun, drama, and even comedy, with a little bit of adventure 2 chapters worth thrown in as well. It moves fast, and yet still finds time to humanize the characters with plenty of "life moments", which are always essential to good characterization.
I was surprised, rereading the book 16 years later, at how much of it was fresh in my head, despite having only read it once as a kid. It just shows the lasting impression that one rare, truly excellent story can have on you.
I can't praise the book enough. Easily 5 stars. May 21, Adrienne rated it really liked it. This book was actually written by a teacher and her class. It's pretty amazing that a teacher got a book published by having students write what happened next.
Nov 27, M. I read this back in 5th grade no, really, haha and I really enjoyed it. You see how she got fat in the first place, an that she has issues because of her parent's divorce an I read this back in 5th grade no, really, haha and I really enjoyed it.
You see how she got fat in the first place, an that she has issues because of her parent's divorce and how her mother treats her, but her friends give her encouragement.
Elsie Edwards is the central character in two books in this series, and I felt her character was realistically portrayed as having struggles with self-mage even after she's been at a healthy weight for a long time.
Jan 13, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: oldies-but-goodies , juvenile-fiction. Great examination of middle school politics and still walks off the shelf with my 5th graders. Feb 10, Kate rated it it was ok. It gets two stars because it was easy to read, but I think there are much better books available that address bullying a childhood obesity. Also this book writes about so many child safety issues!!! One - a three year old sitting in the front seat of a car?!
Two - children hitchhiking from a stranger and riding in the back of their truck?! Three - a grade five student staying home alone and cooking dinner and other food in the oven and on the stove?! View all 3 comments. I don't know; fifth grade wasn't too bad for me. But I loved getting ready for the fifth grade and reading about other fifth graders. Plus, Barthe DeClements once taught at the elementary school I attended, so that made the book even more special to me, especially when I, with my elementary schoolgirl enthusiasm, wrote to her and gushed about how much I loved the book, and I thought it was so cool that before she became an author, she taught at the school that I was then at.
She was really nice I don't know; fifth grade wasn't too bad for me. She was really nice and wrote back a lovely postcard that I cherished and still have, too. Anyway, good book for elementary school girls. Found this book in my local little free library.Moment I Saw You Lyrics: The moment I saw you I wanted to hold you and keep you warm on a cold days morn / The moment I held you I wanted to kiss you and welcome you here on the day you .