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Gary Jennings's Aztec is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America. Told in the words of one of the most robust and. Gary Jennings's Aztec is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America. Told in the words of one of the most. Aztec book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 12, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: View all 26 comments. Jul 07, Meredith Holley rated it did not like it Shelves: Did you ever wish that Boogie Nights was a book set in the time of the fall of the Aztec empire? Well, don't tell Gary Jennings that because I'm pretty sure it would hurt his feelings.
It's not really something I would have thought you'd need to be specific about, but kids are so "creative" these days. It's about the penis of this other dude who is able to "visit" with exotic Did you ever wish that Boogie Nights was a book set in the time of the fall of the Aztec empire? It's about the penis of this other dude who is able to "visit" with exotic tribes and still make it back in time for the major happenings of Spanish conquest.
I find it apropos to quote the GR summary of the book to give you a basic outline of what you might expect to find "under the covers" of this novel. This was obviously written by someone who decided not to actually read the book, but wanted to guess what it was about quotes added for emphasis: Here is the "extraordinary" story of the last and "greatest" native civilization of North America, at the "height" of its "magnificent" sic.
It is a story told in the words of one of the most "robust" and memorable characters in modern fiction. His name is Mixtil--Dark Cloud. So much is lost in translation.
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The best thing about this book was the woman who gave it to me. I was working in this law office with four lawyers all male and four assistants all female. I had just moved into a new house, and a woman I knew decided to throw me this "house-warming shower," which was a pretty painful experience for me but well-meaning of her. The game she came up with like ya do for a "shower" was that everyone had to give me a book I would hate. This stressed out all the attendees those who were actually my friends because many of them are friends with me only because of books, so they felt like they had to bring a book I would actually love.
It turned into a situation where all these women men aren't allowed to come to showers, don't you know? So, I worked with this one woman, who in many ways was an average, comfortable mom type. In a lot of other ways, she reminded me of a character from the Addams Family, though.
She had this white streak in her black hair, which was cut into a mullet. She also had this way of shuffling around the office that was pretty unique. You know how lego people walk by moving their whole bodies? It was kind of like that. Also, she had the Addams Family theme song as her ring tone.
I never asked her about it, but I figured she made a lot of style choices based on that show. Also, she had a speech disorder where she replaced her the 'r' sound with the 'w' sound.
When I first met her, I honestly thought she had an accent. At one point the other assistants and I were out to lunch, and I asked her, "So, where are you from? While I think Boogie Nights is a great movie, there are some other times and places to which I feel it might not translate well.
For example, space would totally work, as would reality TV and other entertainment genres music, game shows, theater, etc. Bill Clinton, likewise, has absolutely set us up for a political re-make. View all 45 comments. Feb 01, Bill rated it it was amazing Shelves: Man, it's been over two months since I've made any updates and this behemoth of a novel is to blame.
As some of you may already be aware, I'm not all that keen on marathon reads. Losing a month out of your life for something like Stephen King's Insomnia will do that to you. It's for that reason that after buying Aztec it sat on my shelf for several months before deciding to venture into it.
Well, two months later I can look back on this as a time travel trip well this review from my website Whew! Well, two months later I can look back on this as a time travel trip well worth the effort. This review could easily be placed in any of my pages.
Aztec is all of these, and I must warn you, that apart from being a wonderful history lesson an Aztec recounts his life story to the conquering Spanish officials , this novel is not for the squeamish or easily offended.
There are graphic depictions of human sacrifice and torture, and explicit and illicit sex scenes. So now you know what you're in for. Highly recommended, and best read during a heatwave. View all 5 comments. Jun 20, Linda C. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is simply the best single novel that I have ever read. Nothing is superfluous. There is human sacrifice galore as well as graphic and I mean graphic violence and sexuality.
However, the drama is top notch and there are times when you must stop reading because you are overwhelmed by the spectacle of the story. I gave this book as an impulse buy to my mother for Christmas one year. I had no idea what it was like, I simply went by some fabulous blurbs This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is simply the best single novel that I have ever read.
I had no idea what it was like, I simply went by some fabulous blurbs on the cover and that she liked fat historical novels. I figured she had read lots of stories about Mary Queen of Scots and probably hadn't read one about the history of Mexico before the Spanish Conquistadors. I was right about that part, but had no idea what I was truly giving my mother. She was astounded by the gift, as was my father.
The next year at Christmas she gave me the book back, but by that time it had gone through at least six pairs of hands. I was shocked when I read it, but the story still is seared in my brain. View 2 comments. Mar 04, Szplug rated it really liked it. Jennings was one hell of a storyteller: Raptor was a thrilling and transgressive post-Roman romp, and The Journeyer fleshed out the eastward travels and adventures of Marco Polo with an exotic embellishment, a sexy and spicy pomp; but Aztec was my introduction to his colorful and hot-blooded novels, and remains a fond favorite.
Sure, this overlong confession given by a captured Aztec aristocrat to his monastic interlocutors in the aftermath of Great Montezuma's empire being flushed down the Jennings was one hell of a storyteller: Good grief, what a overload to the adolescent system this puppy turned out to be.
Mesoamerican historical fiction porn at its absolute peak entertainment value. Simulates Obelix tapping at his forehead Those Aztecs were crazy! View all 4 comments. Jan 16, Nate rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was It's the story of the titularly Aztec guy named Mixtli I guess they were actually called Mexica but somewhere along the way they picked up the name Aztec which derives from their mythological ancestral origin place Aztlan, I picked up like a thousand facts like this from this book and it hurt my brain from his weird childhood to weird adulthood to weird old age.
Along the way he extensively travels Mexico and gets involved in dozens of adventures and tragedies, mo This book was Thankfully as gross and weird as this book can get most of it is directly related to the plot and somehow didn't seem gratuitous or superfluous. I think. At the very least it added to the pervasive sense of being in this old, dead world that didn't know or care that Judeo-Christian based value systems even existed.
All of that good clean stuff really didn't impress on me as much as all the incredibly thorough and vivid detail of this destroyed world.
Mixtli travels to dozens of settlements ranging from a handful of decrepit huts deep in the jungle to the shining limestone of Tenochtitlan and the people in them are just as varied as the places they inhabit. Best of all, this person could be male or female. And these people took up like 5 pages of this book. It's so full of this stuff that you can just get lost in it.
This book also boasted a protagonist that's pretty different from the usual fare. He's not a hero or even really an anti-hero He's capable of very touching emotion, but he can also be a jerk. And he also has a severe visual impairment. So again, not really your typical main character guy, but I ended up really liking Mixtli Dark-Cloud, and not just because he had an awesome name.
Also the rest of the characters in this book are plenty colorful in and of themselves. Seriously, what a horrible person, both in life and this book. Seeing him as a person brought to life in fiction just really made clear what a greedy, mean, xenophobic, violent, sociopathic douche Cortes was. He had an insane grip on the dream of exploiting these people and he managed to pull it off through a combination of weaselly manipulation, intimidation, and outright violence.
Despite the fixation most people have on the human sacrifices which, I mean, is obviously understandable these people had a beauty and nobility to their culture as well as a complicated and long-developed tradition in law, custom, warfare, religion and all that stuff.
Even when they were ripping people's hearts out they were just doing it because they thought it would keep one of their many mercurial gods from getting pissy enough to wipe them out. Even the people that were killed were seen as being given an honorable death and position in the afterlife. All of this Cortes pretty much single-handedly destroyed, whether it was through the spread of disease, conquest, or colonization.
I guess the point that I'm trying to make here is that a great function this book performed for me was helping me eliminate more of my own xenophobia for the Aztec people. I mean, it might sound absurd when you're talking about a civilization that's been gone for hundreds of years that no one will ever have to interact with but it was nice to see them as human faces instead of these weird sadistic people that pretty much got rightfully exterminated this is just what I gleaned from my outdated American textbooks in school.
It's not easy to bring this kind of alien world to life in such a potent, extensive way that's also accessible to people from our time, and do it in a way that forces me to warn all of my nice older lady coworkers away from this book. View all 18 comments. Aug 05, Maxine rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This was the first Gary Jennings book I ever read--and I was hooked forever! Jennings is one of my favorite authors and Aztec remains one of my top 5 all time great books. Aztec is a compelling story, unusual in that it is told from the point of view of one of the vanquished, rather than by the conquerors.
Mixtli is one of the most memorable characters in fiction. He's noble, he's honest, he sees his own faults and those of the society he's part of. Through his eyes we see not only the grandeur This was the first Gary Jennings book I ever read--and I was hooked forever! Through his eyes we see not only the grandeur of the Aztec civilization but also its corruption and shocking practices. We witness nobility and depravity, and finally the brutal destruction of a culture, as seen by one who lived it.
When you read a Gary Jennings book, you are transported to the world he writes about. He was so masterful with his settings and characters, and so knowledgeable of his subjects that for the duration of the book, the reader feels out of place in his own world. When you finish this book, you'll feel you've lived in the Aztec world, and experienced its heartbreaking downfall. A world in which the Spanish are the savages and the society they destroyed, the true nobility. An unforgettable book.
One caveat: Gary Jennings did not write for the squeamish. His books contain graphic and sometimes bizarre violence, and graphic and sometimes bizarre sex.
If you can't deal with such realities of life, better stick to Jane Austen. But you'll be missing out on some truly great reading. Jul 30, Yann rated it did not like it. Do not read it if you're actually interested in the Aztecs or if you know about the Aztec culture, because the "so well researched" historical facts are wrong.
Just the way the sacrifices are depicted is wrong! How can you get that wrong!? If I had the book here with me I would quote it, but it says something like: The Tlatoani king was like "yeah I can totally tear his heart out like a pro", so he starts stabbing the dude in the chest and break the ribs, then slides the obsidian blade in an angle to make a bigger gap, then he tears the heart out.
Moving on What the hell is wrong with the author? There's a sex scene every 20 pages! And it's not shy and romantic sex. We have to deal with incest between the main character and his sister 15 and 13 years old , then a princess raping men, then raping a woman. I could deal with that ok, even though I was getting fed up with it, but what actually got me wild is the pedophile sex scene between the main character and his very very young slave boy!
I cannot read through a passage that graphically talks about how a kid was moving his ass to pleasure a guy. And I don't understand why people don't comment on it more in their reviews. And by the way the Aztecs weren't the ancient Greeks or Romans! Seriously, can you imagine if in the year an author wrote a book about nowadays western world, and what if it took 12 years of "research" to write it, and what if the only thing they came up with was "westerners were all doing cocaine and having sex in clubs"?
Well that's what he did with the Aztec culture. An amazing culture reduced to sex with prostitutes and little boys having their genitals cut off for no reason. Another point that actually annoyed me. The book is about the old main character telling his story to Spanish priests years after the conquest.
Every single time there's a sex scene, the main character finishes it by saying "oh sorry mister priest, is it too much for you? The first time it happens, I thought it was funny, the second time was ok And it goes on and on Plus the Aztecs were very pious and strict with their morals. For example being drunk on the street meant death by stoning. I really don't think anyone would actually brag about having an erection whislt they were drawing a woman who was being raped by another woman right in front of their face.
To conclude on this review I would say that 12 years of writing and researching to come up with something inaccurate is laughable, I would even dare say, 12 years of writing to come up with a very poorly plotted porn novel is outrageous! To whoever says this in an amazing historical novel, and to all of you who are paid to review books Setting a porn novel in the Aztec times doesn't make it historical. If you ever wondered what it would be like to read a completely inaccurate historical porn novel, well there you go, you have it ;- Enjoy!
Jul 26, Austin Briggs rated it it was amazing. This book may change you. Full of lust for life, written "in the field" in Mexico, the book is polarizing, and has drawn both admiration and outright disgust from a few generations of readers. It was the very first book I found when doing the competitive market research for my own writing about 10 years ago. Imagine the depths of my emotion when I found an immensely suc This book may change you.
Imagine the depths of my emotion when I found an immensely successful title of the same name by the late Gary Jennings, a brilliant historical novelist.
Predictably, some of them loved it, while others felt compelled to toss it into my face. Here's what I learned from this work. Per the official website of his estate, Gary Jennings wasn't able to afford the life in New York after deciding to focus on his writing.
So he went south to Mexico where he lived, travelled and wrote for 12 years. His fascination with the country and its people comes across wonderfully in AZTEC, and his genuine joy at telling the story makes me come back to it over and over again.
His writing style seems to have been formed by the very life he led. Having fought in a war, and having travelled widely across several continents, Jennings weaves his insights into human behaviors into the intricate plot that takes us to all the corners of the world known to his characters. His specific, visual writing leaves no doubt about what he wants to convey.
No misunderstandings are possible, and he treats the most controversial subjects with confidence. The words are chosen with care, the scenes are complete, and the text is easy to read. He was having fun writing, and the fun comes across and draws the reader into his world. From the first pages Jennings grounds us firmly in one of the classic scenes of the time.
However, this native goes well beyond the usual recital of ritualistic incantations that fill so many Aztec codices. The level of detail may slow the story somewhat; but every time I read this book, I forget about time. The text is so visually and sensually compelling that the experience is like that of watching a movie, or having a vivid dream. Jennings had discovered some delightful historical episodes that truly add to our understanding of the world we have lost.
Love him or hate him, but Mixtli "Dark Cloud" is a joy to get to know. He's one of the richest literary personages that I know of. The insights into his nature are deep and disturbing, and his no-nonsense, observant and humorous voice temps you to keep the pages turning in search for new revelations. Some people complained that Mixtli tends to find himself in all the right places at the right times, ala an Aztec Forrest Gump of sorts.
Way larger than life, Mixtli guides us in our explorations of almost all the known aspects of his world. The book is honest and brave in diving straight into the deepest temptations and dilemmas we humans face. A lesser author couldn't have done it, but Jennings excels. Some folks seem to expect a fast-moving plot from this book which is probably a "milieu" novel rather than an event-driven story.
Even the most bizarre scenes e. This brings me to the three grudges that I have with this novel. Because of these, to be honest, I refuse to read any of his other stories. Here come my 3 grudges - It's Easy to Succumb to your own Vision of There's one aspect of the book which I couldn't quite stand by the end, and this is Jennings' trademark cookie-cutter women. I hate it when things become predictable.
However in this novel, every lady even of a fleeting importance to Mixtli is a beauty of unbelievable grace, all too ready to inundate our well-endowed hero with her unconditional love, only to die an untimely and horrific death.
Over and over again. When his incest-inclined sister dies and her death still haunts my nightmares , Mixtli finds a lover. When a lover dies, he finds a wife. All breathtaking, of course. And between them, there's a procession of other beautiful women.
Every such lady ends up worshiping his male member and indulging into all sorts of behaviors with him from regular incest to casual adultery. I have to diagnose Mixtli with a compulsive sexual disorder and a bad case of narcissism. In this book, Jennings doesn't go to the extent of some of his Aztec sequels where every inch of a woman's genitalia is described in loving detail; but as it stands, some folks may find it a bit too much. There's temptation.
Here we come close to smut. I'll be brief on this one, because I can't make up my mind on how much inaccuracy can be acceptable. Jennings does't make a singe silly mistake, as far as I can tell; he doesn't place Petra an arrow flight away from Sphinx, so to speak, like some writers do. But I'll just say this: Which is a shame, because these things are clearly done to serve the plot.
It affected me deeply, and possibly changed me. How many books have done this to you? Cheers, Austin. This book is completely brilliant. Let me assure you that yes, it is graphically violent and a tragedy from beginning to end. Perhaps only the last quarter or so involves the Spanish, so anyone who harbors any delusions about the "noble savage" will be greatly disappointed.
I myself am not particularly prone to those sorts of romanticizations. Be that as it may, to some degree I can understand the notion of human sacrifice far better than I can understand the actions of the Spanish. I don't cond This book is completely brilliant. I don't condone it, true, and it was gruesome, yes, but there was a sort of honesty to it along with a general public consensus.
A flowery death is a fairly quick thing, unlike being burned at the stake, regardless of the things done to the body after the fact. Drive them out of all the lands of The One World. By patiently working with the Spanish conquerers and learning their customs he acquires a great deal of knowledge about his enemies. While serving on a duck hunt, for example, he learns a something about weaponry and discovers how to make gunpowder.
Our hero also visits the northern part of Mexico which has remained unmolested by the Spaniards, at least at the time being written about. There he visits some of the northern tribes to try to recruit warriors. When he visits Michoacan, which is under Spanish control, he recruits a small army of women warriors. He also meets a Spanish priest, who, somewhat against the will of his own people, is setting out to create a Utopia in that state. He is also trying to teach the locals how to make Spanish guitars!
All these travels and adventures and characters give author Jennings wonderful opportunities to exhibit his enormous research about the customs, religions and ways of life of these people.
He also depicts extremely well throughout what it must be like to live in a conquered and subjugated country. As in the previous book theres the usual frequent use of Aztec vocabulary and the usual tongue-twisting pronunciations to wrestle with.
Indeed, its occasionally overdone. For example, in one exchange a character says to another: "Are you tlahuele, friend, or merely xolopitli? Theres an overabundance of such exchanges, both in Aztec and Spanish. However, on the positive side, the foreign words do lend something to the feeling of reality of the overall narrative.
I suspect the author would defend those passages on those grounds. Theres also an interesting sex scene where our boy loses his virginity. I find Im getting a bit long in the tooth for sex scenes but it at least gave me the opportunity to learn a bunch of new naughty words, like xacapili, tepuli, tipili, omicetl, and cuilontli. If that turns you on, its on page The last two hundred pages of Aztec Autumn are great fun, with stories of sieges, battles, guerrilla warfare complete with lots of treachery, heroism and cruelty.
In one scene prisoners of war are each given the choice of their method of execution. And although the story naturally conforms with history i. Verdict: Good stuff.
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