Book Review – Mayan Calendar Girls: The Great Meso-American Novel by Linton Robinson

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Available in Print for $18.95 and eBook for $5.95

Mayan Calendar Girls is a book unlike any I have ever read and I honestly am going to have trouble putting the style into words but will attempt to do so. It reminds me a little bit of the movie Crash, in that there are several, simultaneous stories going on at once with various characters who at times, will influence others in ways that they are completely unaware of. That is the case here. The biggest difference, however, is the amount of humor present in this book.

Another aspect of Mayan Calendar Girls that makes it stick out is the humor and satire present. Realistically, even if the story doesn’t intrigue you, you may find that reading this is great just for the humorous way it is written. Some examples of amusing lines:

“It might actually be water level rising, Global warming, perhaps? I lay the blame squarely on Al Gore.” To which is replied: “Inconvenient, if true.”

“She had only heard of crack, but lusted for a taste because the name itself just sounded so very, very bad. Which is to say, of course, extremely good.”

Political satire is strong here and is probably one of my favorite aspects of the book. President Obama has his own show. Other political figures actually take active roles in this book. Again, an amusing set of lines starting with Joe Biden:

“Is it like a real honeymoon, Barry?” to which was replied “Not really. They don’t screw you until the honeymoon is over.”

To give you an idea of just how much witty banter is here, even the descriptions read like some of these sarcastic dialog lines. For instance:

“She was quite a sight for anyone who cared to stare instead of blathering about cryptoarcheology: breasts as spherical as stone temple houris in India, Chinatown cheekbones, matte skin the color of cinnamon sugar, and sleek black hair so long it brushed the floor every time she shifted her delectable ass (which was the only time it ever got swept).”

“The best way to explain Ganzo might be to just realize he marched to a different drummer. A really slow, muted drum with wacko syncopation.”

There are a couple of things to warn potential readers about. First, the language. Swearing. Yes, swearing. If that’s a problem, you may want to look somewhere else (like a Little Golden Book or something). Graphic sexual encounters. Yes, there’s sex in this book and quite a bit of it. Matter of fact, it starts with a woman having a major orgasm. There’s another part where a woman is climaxed by a dolphin. It can get extreme. If you’re sensitive to this kind of stuff, you are dually warned. Finally, there are themes around racial tension and other such sensitive topics.

Basically, this book isn’t for the overly sensitive. It’s funny. You will most likely find yourself laughing through much of it. If you like humor, this is a great book because it mixes so many different types: political, racial, sexual, etc. Have some fun with it. The short chapters insure that it keeps moving along.

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13 thoughts on “Book Review – Mayan Calendar Girls: The Great Meso-American Novel by Linton Robinson

    • To be honest Karla, even if I didn’t like the story (and I did), I would have liked this book simply because of Linton’s writing style.

  1. Climaxing with a dolphin, huh? Yes, that’s going to get some people more then annoyed!

    Just from the samples of quotes you use here, I like Linton’s use of wordplay. I’ll have to check it out.

    • William, Linton’s particular style of wordplay is used throughout the book. Even if you don’t like the story, it’s worth it just to see how he describes things.

  2. I also felt Linton’s shared progressive story a bit, ah, raw.
    Oh the word play and use of same was masterful, but the story left me exiting at, “Team Tranquility”.
    I must be honest though, as I have read Jeff Deaver’s shared works–“Twisted etc. and almost the same thing happened.
    I bailed.
    It seems that I cannot wrap my mind around the diversity of the multiple writers writing style.
    But–As a writer… I wish that I could write that-raw.

    • This was the first fiction book I’ve read by multiple authors (plenty of academic books are written like this but those definitely are not pleasure reading). It definitely is not for everyone, but hey, what book truly is?

  3. I am all for humour, esp satirical humour. Therefor, I will have to check this out and read it. 🙂 I also want to buy and read this book cus I love when stories have a lot of different stories and things/situations going on within a book. It keeps me from becoming bored too easily with a book. The books I’ve encountered in the past before reading those from authors in WD have sometimes come off as a little boring. So, I switched to reading James Patterson, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Ann Rice, etc. to not be bored during reading novels. Although, I have found the pattern of Nora Roberts’ books to be of her books being all too similar to each other in how the stories start, build up, and tie togeher of story, and then end. So, I’ve lessened my reading of Nora Roberts’ books. Then, I cam across writing of authors from WMD that were very good, and I am in Heaven, as it were, when reading books from WMD’s authors, and even from a couple of authors from the WD site, as well). However, I’ve not read any books from Linton, who is also on WD. And this story sounds as though it is busy enough to keep me entertained and as though I will get good laughs from the humour within his book. Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

    • It’s important to find authors whose style is agreeable to you. No author writes material that is good for everyone. Even with the popularity of Harry Potter, there are still people who think it’s terrible (I have no idea why, but they do).

      • I understand and agree about that no author writes material that is good for everyone. And, I also don’t understand why people think the Harry Potter story and books are terrible, but some people do. I’d really liked J.K. Rowlings’ writing, storyline, and characters, a lot, plus th fact that she kept it real (she kept the “human element” to the human characters, where they were shown to still have the same feelings, to still have opinions, thoughts, needs, wants, etc., that humans in reality have. And she stressed in her story about choosing to do the right thing and to do good as though she, as the writer, were a teacher to all the readers, be they kids or adults or are kids-at-heart and who are kindred spirits.So, I cannot imagine why anyone would dislike her books and story.

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