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In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D'Amato
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Mar 21, 11

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Read from January 20 to March 17, 2011

This book is set in 2012 but shifts back to the height of the Mayan culture when Teotihuacan was a booming city, then back to 2012. It is a wild rollercoaster ride that has incredible high points and very low points.

High Points
The book is well written. The language is lovely, very descriptive, and assumes the audience is both intelligent and well-read.

The artwork is gorgeous. I would have prints of some of the artwork, if I could.

The foundation of the story, trying to save the world from the 2012 demise interpreted by the Mayan adders, is excellent. The intricate methods of making time travel without making time travel are fascinating and curious.


Low Points
This book needs serious editing. There are points that go on and on, in a rambling way. The main character goes off on tangents that don't add to the story, but detract the reader from a good story. This book could be about 300 pages shorter, with good editing, and be an excellent book.

There are bits of different languages thrown in (German, most notably) that are not translated and aren't adding to the story. The Mayan integration is good and the Spanish is somewhat ok (but not necessary).

Jed, the main character, seems to be an expert in everything (from ancient birds, reptiles, and plants to political climates around the world from various time periods), but the only thing he can think to call the contraption on his head is a toilet seat? It's incongruous with the character. His ethos is compromised when silly things like that are developed (and this happens quite often).


Unless the next books are edited down, I probably won't read further in the trilogy.
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jamie Oh it sounded good until I read the cons :(


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