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Review of "2012" by Brian D'Amato - Ed Via Magna

2012 de Brian DamatoI confess I read this book as a result of seeing the eponymous film, and I did on the recommendation of my brother, with the promise that the book is the part that you forget the film: the Mayan legend about the date of the end of the world, and with the promise that was not Science Fiction and Historical Novel (I have nothing against the historical novel, but I prefer to read science fiction I always possible).

Según narra el libro, los mayas predijeron que el 21 de diciembre de 2012 el tiempo se detendrá y no habrá futuro para la humanidad. El libro nos explica la historia de ésta leyenda, pero lo hace de una forma original aunque poco ortodoxa: con un viaje en el tiempo a través de un agujero de gusano de tamaño atómico.

El protagonista de la historia es un descendiente de los mayas con una mente prodigiosa y adicto a los videojuegos y a los juegos de estrategia en general. Entre estos juegos se incluye un juego maya que se utiliza para predecir el futuro y que corrobora la fecha del fin del mundo citada en las leyendas. La misión del protagonista será averiguar por qué los mayas predijeron el fin del mundo para esa fecha y descubrir si hay algo para evitarlo.

Para descubrir más sobre la fecha en cuestión, la mente del protagonista es enviada al pasado a través de un agujero de gusano de tamaño atómico, que ha sido desarrollado por científicos de una empresa privada que parece tener más poder que el propio gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Pero sin saber por qué, la mente acaba en el cuerpo de varios mayas y no lo hace de forma optima. El protagonista (ya en el pasado) tendrá que lidiar con este handicap e intentar por todos los medios dejar un mensaje con claves para desvelar el misterio, para su yo de 2012.

Overall the book is well, although at times I think it has pages that are only there to reach the 733 pages because they contribute nothing and are completely dispensable.

A half a book you realize that really the book and the film have nothing to do. Nothing at all. In fact the original title is "In the Courts of the Sun" (but this did not know before buying). And when you discover this, you realize that you have been the victim of a marketing campaign publisher, has taken the film to rename the book and sell more books.

Nevertheless, the biggest disappointment appears on the back pages ... when you discover that the book is only a first part of a trilogy ... 733 pages for an introduction ...

Anyway ... not yet clear to me that I will read the following two parts when published. Still, the book is well narrated, he has pace and explains quite well how were the Mayan cities and culture. The author seems well documented.

The attached video is the promotion of the book.

Review of "THE LAST DAY OF CREATION" by Wolfgang Jeschke - Quantum

The Last Day of Creation It is a book that really worth reading: it is entertaining, with an original plot, it gives a different view of Atlantis and is pure science fiction of time travel.The last day of creation, W. Jeschke

As it relates to the author, as the title of this post, it is Wolfgang Jeschke, A German author recognized internationally, but I confess I did not know and therefore had not read anything from them before. I'll have to remedy this.

The book begins narrating different episodes that are extraneous objects near the Mediterranean, although seem to come from a very distant past, are made of materials that have been around for little, or in some cases, which have not yet been made up.

It also explains how some of these anachronistic objects end up being revered as relics by the Christian tradition.

A second part of the book takes place during the decade of the 80s of the twentieth century (moment in which was written the first edition of this book) where we have the NASA and the US Navy have just discovered that it is possible to travel to the past.

The third part of the narrative is set in the distant past in which only Homo sapiens sapiens are those who have reached the future ... but not only those of our timeline.

With reference to Atlantis (I'm dedicating myself to read books that talking about it), located in Bermuda and is a refuge where men who have traveled to the past and have been stranded in time refuge. In this way it explains both the strange phenomena that were so popular last century in Bermuda, as well as the origin of the legend of Atlantis. The explanation is quite convincing.

The book reads well and hooks, so in three or four days with some free time, can be read.
There are only a couple of negative things ... and are not the fault of the author, but I fear it is the work of the translator:

  1. In several chapters of the book talking about the theory of Tectonic plates and instead of writing "tectonics"The book states"Teutonic"But not once (that could be considered a typo) does several times, in different places and with variations of the word. So as the author is German and the plates are "Teutonic"When the book states that"there are strong tectonic movements in the border area of ​​the Mediterranean basin"Gives a little laugh to imagine a whole group of Germans moving through the Mediterranean and modeling the relief.
  2. The other is in vocabulary ... the author refers several times to a lateen sail boat sailing the Mediterranean. The captain indicated that at different times during sleep or rest should "tie the oar". The author is referring to the tiller, Which lateen boats is rather like an oar, but not a paddle is a "cane". I do not know what should write in German author ...

These two stories do not remove the book is 100% recommended and worth reading and spend a long time thinking about paradoxes, anachronisms and in different time lines.