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Mayan December by [Cooper, Brenda]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 836 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prime Books (20 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DS5ZPY
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95681618) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9554321c) out of 5 stars I finally gave up on this one 29 Feb. 2012
By Deborah J. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to like this book. It featured two of my favorite subjects - astronomy and archaeology. Sadly, I didn't find much of either. Granted, I gave up half way through the book, so perhaps if I had stuck it through, there would have been a little. The main irritant was that the characters all talked the same -- scientists, adolescents, politicians, Mayans from the far past, you name it. The main character, who is supposed to be a scientist (an "archaeoastronomer" - how cool is that?) does not think like a scientist or talk or solve problems like one. Moreover, she seems to do no scientific work, holds no discussions of research with her colleagues, no peer review or critical analysis. The Mayans from the past could just as well have been Druids or Hawaiians or Australian Aborigines, with just a few changes in what animals they knew. Cooper's a competent writer, so I wonder if this was a trunk novel that got published only on the strength of her previous sales.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95543270) out of 5 stars A magical time travel novel 2 Sept. 2011
By Louise Marley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cooper gives us perspective on the Mayan end times through a colorful cast of characters from two vastly different time periods. An eleven-year-old girl, her archeoastronomer mother, a nerd in dreadlocks, a Mayan maiden and the warrior who loves her--all of them populate a mystical landscape which has a science fictional base. This is a refreshing look at the end of the Mayan calendar without the preconceived disaster scenarios, and its conclusion will surprise you! Great vacation read.
HASH(0x955436a8) out of 5 stars A sweet and haunting surprise 3 Jun. 2012
By Darragh V. Metzger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I kind of expected an "end of the world" tie in, since this is, after all "the big one" of 2012. This book came as a total surprise! It's more a mystery and a look in a shadowy mirror than anything else. I love the whole them of the clash of science and mysticism that bound all the characters, and the totally different ways Alice and her daughter, Nixie, react to the interjection of magic into their world. Alice, a hard-core scientist and total skeptic, finds it almost impossible to let go of her own pre-conceived worldview and expectations to grasp what is about to tear her daughter away from her. I absolutly could not see the ending coming. A great read!
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HASH(0x95543a74) out of 5 stars A view to a time and place 12 Jan. 2012
By Matt Buchman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Brenda Cooper's strong voice anchors me in the story, leads me down the trail of a broken past and present to a possible future... a possible future, if there even is one. Engaged by the characters from the first scene, I read it in a single sitting. A pleasure and a joy.
HASH(0x95543b58) out of 5 stars What if the Mayans had had it right and the world had ended in December 2012? 11 Feb. 2015
By Margaret A. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Maybe the Mayans knew a thing or two after all!

Mayan December is a time travel novel in which people slip (intentionally or unintentionally) hundreds of years into the past and back.

What if the world had ended in Dec. 2012? After all, that was the end of a Mayan bactun (part of the Mayan calendar counting system). This book is set in the weeks before the end of the bactun when both present day Mexico and ancient Mexico was preparing to celebrate the solstice and welcome a new year (in the past but who knows about the present [2012]?).

What I liked best about this book is that an expert on ancient Mayan culture suddenly and totally unexpectedly gets to see firsthand what the Mayan culture looked like in its prime. I also liked the fact that the Mayans from the past were not that different from present day humans. In other words, people are people, even if they live in times hundreds of years apart.

This was the first book I had read by Brenda Cooper herself. (I had previously read Building Harlequin's Moon which she had co-written with established sf author Larry Niven.) Now I can't wait to go read more of Ms. Cooper's books!
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