Over the last few months, I started to read “The Obsidian Mirror” by K.D. Keenan. I was intrigued by the cover, which was not the one pictured in this post, but a previous one that was filled with Mayan looking designs and looked very “New Age-y”…
Just take my word for it. It looked cool and made you want to pick it up. Plus, the story premise was intriguing:
“When Sierra Carter, an out-of-work PR executive, receives a call from Quetzalcoatl, the plumed serpent god of the Aztecs, she suddenly has more problems on her plate than unemployment.
Saving the whole planet, for example.
Sierra discovers that her former employer’s semiconductors are in reality a means of spreading a deadly evil around the world. Necocyaotl, Aztec god of death and destruction, has imbued his essence within every device, causing people to place their self-interest and selfish desires above all else. Sierra is called upon to stop him.
With his request, Quetzalcoatl offers strange and gifted assistants, Coyotl the trickster, otherwise known as Chaco, a handsome shape-shifting avatar; and Fred, a diminutive and mischievous mannegishi. Although Sierra is skeptical, the revelation of a previously unknown world and its attendants is undeniable. As is the peril Necocyaotl’s return to power promises.
Entering the fray with avatars and mythological creatures alongside her, Sierra will discover there are incalculable wonders—and dangers—within the new Old World.” -Goodreads.com
So, I figure, it sounded cool, and I would take it out for a spin. I like these types of stories, and I loved the whole Aztec vibe to it.
Boy, was I wrong.
I think I got about halfway through this book before I said, “No. This book reads like a SyFy Saturday Night “movie of the week,” and not a very good one.” The characters spoke and reacted like actors who were either bad to begin with or were picked up off the street because they worked for cheap and made to make a movie that was going straight to television. This movie could have taken place in the late 1990s or early 2000s with all of its talk about saving the environment and Silicon Valley and men that are beefcakes placed in a story to look like slightly dumb jocks with the gods looking handsome and intelligent. The reveal of the villains was blatantly clear as day, the heroine weak, and the supporting cast laughable.
I really wanted to like this story, but it wasn’t for me. And, with the rating on Goodreads, I figured that it would be much more favorable.
Nope. It took me taking the advice of J.K. Rowling who said something to the point of, “If you don’t like what you’re reading, stop reading it and move on to another book.” She talks about how you shouldn’t torture yourself with bad books and find one that you can enjoy.
I promptly sent the book back to my Amazon Kindle cloud and moved on to my next book.
And, that was the best decision I could have ever made.
If you like EXTREMELY “low budget” movies that came out in the 90s and 2000s and can handle reading boring and apparent characters, then this book is for you. But, I would say skip it. Move on. Let this one collect dust.