Holiday Lit List — Mayan Horror: How to Survive the End of the World in 2012



Wherein we look at some of the local books that have been published this year and give you some ideas of what to get your book-loving friends and family for Hanukkah, Solstice, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or just because it’s a day ending with “y”.

Don’t forget to support your local independent bookstores!

Mayan Horror: How to Survive the End of the World in 2012
by Bob Robertson
Anvil Press

We all know someone, a friend and/or uncle, who wears their paranoia proudly like a badge of honour, as well as always keeping an extra box of aluminum foil close by, “Just in case.”

This book isn’t for them, because they’ve been prepared for the end of the world for some time now. No, Mayan Horror: How to Survive the End of the World in 2012 is for those among us who are pretty sure that nothing is really going to happen on December 21, but think it might be a good idea to have a survival manual close at hand. Is there a team of disaster DJs ready to play the airwaves of the Emergency Alert System? Can you make money amidst the rubble of a post-apocalyptic world? (One of Robertson’s suggestions: go through the glove compartments of the thousands of wrecked cars and trucks and collect all the Canadian Tire money that’ll be stuffed in there. “You will be the owner of the only currency on earth and you will rule.”) This book looks at all possibilities and gives detailed suggestions on how to come out relatively unscathed.

Comedian and satirist Bob Robertson has made his mark on the Canadian landscape in almost every arena: radio, television, live performance, books and other print media. Double Exposure, the weekly radio show he co-created and wrote with Linda Cullen, ran for 10 years on CBC Radio. He has poked fun at high-level politicians and newsmakers, entertainers and business people, and survived. Is he tempting fate this time around?

You might want to pick up Mayan Horror sooner rather than later, “Just in case.”


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