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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: James\Musgrave (April 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977650383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977650385
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,146,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Musgrave (1946-) was born in Fall River, Massachusetts (home to Lizzie Borden). He worked for Caltech in Pasadena (home of the "Big Bang Theory") and continues to use his fascination with technology in his "Detective Pat O'Malley Steampunk Mystery" series. Jim was also a professor of English for 24 years, and he runs an editing business with his wife, Ellen, in San Diego. He has won many awards, including being a finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards and the Heekin Foundation Awards.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcie Evans on December 31, 2012
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An English teacher's need to express himself. Several of the stories read like ADHD and they vary off topic. Short stories that are meant to have deeper thought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Estella on August 30, 2012
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His stories are meant to be deep, and he attempts to use symbolism to tell his tales. However, his writing comes up short. The writing is far from eloquent, and his storytelling is elementary at best. The stories have strangely developed characters and even stranger plots. Many of the stories lack solid substance, having no conflict or climax, but always a pseudo-resolution. These stories fail to present its readers with the proper structure of a well-written story. This might be fulfilling to children who aspire to one day be "self-made" writers, but to any who has ever read a properly written story, let alone book, this collection is sub-par and fails to satisfy in every department.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Pennington on July 24, 2009
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In a short story collection of Musgrave's caliber, the dilemma becomes which tale to review from The Mayan Magician and Other Stories. With "The Mayan Magician," this compilation's lead story and namesake, Musgrave weaves a mystical tale of love, courage and resolute faith in the great Mayan Warrior God, Kukulkán. Musgrave's story revolves around a contemporary young Mayan woman, Isabel Velasquez, or "Dipsie Izzie," as she wows baseball fans and wins over male colleagues and skeptics with her almost-supernatural knuckleball. She becomes the first female pitcher for the minor league Yucatán Leones -- and later, the first woman awarded a major league contract, signing with the San Diego Padres. A million-dollar contract, no less.

Anyone, who is a fan of baseball -- or even those readers like me, who possess little more than a headline-recapping knowledge of the sport -- will appreciate Musgrave's erudite interlacing of baseball and the spiritual Mayan culture. Musgrave affords his readers the privilege of accompanying Isabel on her extraordinary journey of acclamation, unwavering faith in her Mayan religion, betrayal, kidnapping and the realization of true love. What more could you ask of a short story? I give this one a huge thumbs up.

Throughout the "other stories" in The Mayan Magician and Other Stories, Musgrave flexes his creative genius and satirical, oft times irreverent, humor as he navigates the reader through a cross-genre exploration of diversity, acceptance, greed, community, faith, political corruption, cyber-lust, conformity and the lack thereof.
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