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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Aztec Holds Attention, But Content Questionable

    Aztec, by Gary Jennings, was an extremely profitatable read due to the immense historical and social information it provided of the Aztec empire. I would reccomend this book for anyone who is looking for a well researched novel on the Aztec society due to its excellent historical content. Gary Jennings provides the reader with insight beyond the well known human sacrifices and other religious rights of the Aztecs into a world that is unique both socially and culturally. Throughout the book, one sees the distinctive social class system on all its many levels, travels through the many districts under Aztec dominion, and experiences with the charecters the cultural shock of the Spanish invasion. Gary Jenning's charecters bring the Aztec world to life in a way that has not previously been accmplished, and leave the reader with a new found knowledge as to the depth of the Aztec empire. Throughout the book, Gary Jennings also manages to entertain the reader with a continuing cycle of events that happen to the main charecter, none of which are boring, yet all have a sense of realism beyond the action. This sense of realism grabs the reader from the first page, and continues to hold the reader captive untill he or she finishes the book. However, I would reccomend this book only if you are willing to overlook some key moral issues. Throughout the book, Gary Jennings emphasizes the many immoral relationships the Aztec men willingly undertake with the encouragement from everyone else in society. While this is obvioulsy a key factor in Aztec society, I think that Gary Jennings over emphasizes it in his novel. It would be possible to write an equally good novel as far as historical content and action goes and ommitt several of the overly detailed scenes. The questionable moral content made this book less of an enjoyable read for me than it otherwise would have been, and impeded on the absorption of the important historical content. For this reason, I would rate this book as only okay, not great, and would reccomend it to readers only if they are willing to look past the distracting content to find the historical knowledge hidden beneath.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006

    Interesting but grusome

    Aztec was the only book I could find about the Aztec people but it wasn¿t available in my local library and I soon discovered why. This was the most disturbing book I¿ve ever read. Not only in its vivid description of sacrifices but also in some pretty messed up sex scenes. The book was very interesting but the author could have made it more realistic. I think he tried to hard to make it exciting.

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