In the Courts of the Sun

In the Courts of the Sun

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A tale inspired by near-future apocalypse prophecies finds math prodigy and Maya descendant Jed DeLanda invited by his former mentor, Taro, to travel back in time into another person's life more than thirteen centuries earlier to learn about a "sacrifice game" that has been described in a newly discovered Mayan codex.

Blackwell North Amer
Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing abstract strategy games on his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon is something called the "Sacrifice Game" - a divination ritual that the ancient Maya used to predict the birth and death of civilizations. But Jed's life is thrown into chaos when his former mentor, the game-theory scientist Taro Mora, and a mysterious game designer named Marena Park, ask him for his opinion on a newly discovered Mayan codex - an ancient book that contains an account of a Game predicting the end of the world.
For thousands of years the fate of mankind has been etched into the fabric of history, and not even the greatest advancements in modern science and technology have been able to thwart it. Now at the brink of the end of time, Marena and Taro need someone to travel back to AD 664, to learn to play the original version of the Sacrifice Game, and Jed, who has spent his whole life hungering to retrieve his lost heritage, convinces them that he should be the one to go. With the future of humanity in his hands, the scientists replicate Jed's brainwaves and send them through a "desktop wormhole" straight into the mind of a Mayan king. Only something goes wrong. Instead of becoming the Lord of the ancient Maya city of Ix, Jed arrives inside a Maya ballplayer named Chacal, who is seconds away from throwing himself down the temple steps as a human sacrifice. If Jed can survive the next few minutes, he might just save the world.

Baker
& Taylor

Math prodigy and Maya descendant Jed DeLanda is invited by his former mentor, Taro, to travel back in time into another person's life more than thirteen centuries earlier to learn about a "sacrifice game" that has been described in a newly discovered Mayan codex.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2009
ISBN: 9780525950516
0525950516
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy DAm
Characteristics: 684 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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Ulla11
Aug 28, 2012

Yes, the book was a bit overdone but still super interesting. I really enjoyed reading it once I got used to the writing style. The historical details were fantastic. A great read for book connoisseurs.

JohnKloempken Aug 13, 2011

Just plain old dull. I enjoy reading about culture but this was overdone in a big way.

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