Friday, February 14, 2020

Booknote: Mayan Blue

Michelle Garza and Melissa Larson, Mayan Blue. Austin, TX: Sinister Grin Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781944044213.

Genre: horror fiction
Subgenre: Mayan mythology, college students
Format: paperback
Source: Berea branch of the Madison County (KY) Public Library

I really wanted to like this book, but it was just disappointing. The premise, albeit a bit out there (or a bit of a stretch), was good: a horror look at Mayan underworld mythology. Just for that I was drawn in. The Mayan realm of Xibalba, kingdom of their lord of death, sounds awesome and terrifying. So far so good.

The basic story is this: a professor has a theory that the Mayans migrated north, even to Georgia, U.S. This is where that bit of a stretch comes in. That may sound a bit ridiculous, but I was still willing to go along with the tail. The professor disappears as he is about to find proof for his theory. His research assistant, tasked with bringing in some college students to help with the dig for college credit, arrives with the students to find the professor missing. Naturally they go looking for him, and the book goes down hill from there.

For starters, original premise aside, this is your usual story of dumb college kids doing dumb shit in a horror movie, but in book form. It is also the usual cast of suspects: college jocks, the bimbo slut, the nerdy girl, and the somewhat responsible male figure, i.e. the research assistant. So it is your typical group that you can't wait to see killed off because you could not care less about any of them.

The story then becomes a repetitive cat and mouse game in the cave where they are chased by monster they just keep getting banged up and meandering. It honestly gets tiring, and by the time revelations happen, you just don't care that much. Yes, there is gore, but it is comparable to other horror with gore, and to be honest, not that big a deal.

Honestly, the concept had a lot of potential, but the execution was poor. Done right, this could have been made into a good horror film even. As is I do not think it rates for one of SyFy's cheesy B-movies with washed up actors.

Overall, I did not like this, and I found myself dragging to the end. This is one to skip. If you have to read it, borrow it.

1 out of 5 stars. 

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