Time Bangers #1: One Does Not Simply Walk Into Tudor, by Luna Teague and Ivery Kirk

Second sentence of third chapter:

Of course, she couldn’t allow herself to get carried away with emotion. Tawny had a lead foot wired directly to her amygdala, but she had to be careful these days. No taking chances with even a speeding ticket anymore, not since she quit contracting with DARPA. She missed her sporty MacLaren F1, but it, along with the Victorian manor she’d been converting into a kind of Batcave, and all her social media accounts, had been sacrificed on the altar of anonymity once she made that first discovery with the virtual photons. Avoiding attention from the government was a top priority now—she’d almost canceled her plans for this reunion at the last minute, then thought better of it. Secrecy was a top priority, not the top priority. This reunion might be her last good chance to reconnect with Beth. And if the NSA already had informants at her old sorority house, the game was pretty much over anyway.

I picked this up after reading about the great time the authors had at this year’s Worldcon, and because I tend to have a weird enjoyment of time-travel romances and also have a minor fascination with the Tudor period. Though this isn’t exactly a romance, more comic erotica; our heroines, historian Beth and scientist Tawny, decide that they have had enough of their boring twenty-first century thirty-something lives and go back in time to the court of King Henry VIII in order to shag him, with frankly hilarious consequences. I found this really funny and enjoyable – my favourite chapter title is Chapter Ten, “In Which Beth Explains The Retrospectively Obvious Hazard Of Substituting TV Dramas For Research”, but there also a handy index of erotic scenes at the beginning for those misguided readers who want to skip the bits in between the sex. The authors obviously had a great time writing it, and I was very entertained which is the main point.

One thought on “Time Bangers #1: One Does Not Simply Walk Into Tudor, by Luna Teague and Ivery Kirk

  1. I fear you’re in a minority with Blink, Ryk. While I wouldn’t call it the best hour of television ever, I join the majority in considering it one of the finest single episodes of Who.

    The Family of Blood two-parter suffered from two different sorts of mawkishness — WWI and the whole obvious, cliched “human Doctor falls in love”. It’s still worth watching for the wonderfully creepy villains and the sense of tragedy.

    Doug M.

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