The Mayan Magician And Other Storiesby Jim Musgrave
The first woman signed to the San Diego Padres is a Mayan Indian. She has a mysterious control over her knuckleball. Does she pitch for her god, Kulkulcan, the Warrior Serpent of the End of Times in 2012? Or, is she controlled by the N.A.S.A. scientist hired by her owner? Jim Musgrave's latest collection of short fictin includes this novelette, along with 22 other remarkable stories, ranging from contemporary to science fiction and even a few horror tales. Award-winning short fiction author, Jacob Appel says, "With the publication of The Mayan Magician and Other Stories, Jim Musgrave joins the ranks of the George Saunders, Steven Millhauser and Kevin Brockmeier at the heart of the modern American short story's second great renaissance."
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I was introduced to the work of the author through his alternative historical fiction novel Iron Maiden. Beyond the extremely well researched and integrated storyline, I adored the realistic characters who seemed to come alive as I read. Needless to say, when I got the chance to review another book from this author, I jumped at the chance. Despite that Iron Maiden and The Mayan Magician are not from the same genre, I am glad I did. Through perhaps a little more raw, the characters are just as vivid. The Mayan Magician is an anthology of people stories. The genres and themes vary but it could be said that each work is about dreams and nightmares. They run the gambit from dreams fulfilled and dreams that fall flat to dreams that become perverted and outright nightmares. There are a number of stories that stand out for me. The title of the book comes from the first and longest entry in the book. It tells of a talented female baseball player with a dream and a secret. The Peek-a-Boo Man is a chilling tale about an man with Asperger's syndrome who believes that children are being abducted and taken to a paradise without adults. The Reluctant Zombie is told from the perspective of a fallen soldier who is stuck in limbo until he gets a proper burial.