Mayan December Paperback – 23 Aug 2011
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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 ?).
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!
I'm reminded of the scene in _Moonraker_ where James Bond looks at a diagram of a molecule and says "it's the chemical formula of a plant"--it's so silly it isn't even wrong.
Unfortunately, this book doesn't have Roger Moore jumping out of a plane with no parachute. What it has is a complete failure to suspend my disbelief. Certainly a "magical time travel story" can work, but it needs to avoid bringing in science if it is going to just be babble. I didn't get the idea from the description this was targeted at a young audience, but the protagonist is an eleven-year old girl. It might be perfect for that age, but I can't bring myself to finish it so I have no idea if it ends with an orgy of killing. Certainly there are at least a couple human sacrifices, but they weren't especially graphic.
Speaking of computers, Amazon should hire someone to work onn this review interface. They could use someone familiar with the concept of a "paragraph." it's almost impossible to edit your review on a smart phone because EVERY NEWLINE is copied straight into the review and the edit box seems to be three times wider than the screen. And on their mobile site you don't seem to be able to post reviews.
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