The Mayan calendar states that on December 21, 2012 the world as we know it will come to an end; ....For the first time in recorded history, our entire solar system will move BELOW the milky way galaxy. These combined cosmic events, will be the end of the world as we know it. About 6 billion people of the world will perish in just a few short years if this cosmic catastrophe occurs.' What this troublesome prediction has produced in the arts thus far is a plethora of novels, movies, religious warnings, and philosophical angst on the one end and complete debunking on the other end. And while most of the works are meant to terrify the reader/viewer/listener, this brief book 2012: THE LAST ENTRIES by the mother daughter team of Christina and Judy Ann Eichstedt takes a different approach - one that makes their book superior to the others.
....By simply following diary entries by these six people as the year progresses, the reader is able to observe the possible means of 'final days' - climate changes, disease, crop failures, diminishing food and energy supplies, increasing police control, loss of the ability to communicate or receive information from the outside world - and these entries build the tension of the book without the need for commentary from a 'third party author'. It works well.
It is evident that the writers intend to deliver more than a message of impending destruction of the world, though that is well reported in a credible way. But once the last empty entry pages on December 21, 2012 are turned and the book is finished, retrospective musing is focused less on the 'predicted Mayan fact' than on the importance of the interdependence of each of the diarists' discoveries of what is important in the world as we live it. That statement is made without the usual ballyhoo other writers have used. But instead, the Eichstedts offer gentle reminders of preparing changes in our perceptions that the ominous threat of such an event can stimulate well in advance of a tragedy. This little book may not be great literature, but it accomplishes its goal. For those still wondering what all the talk about 2012 is about, this is a fine way to approach finding out - and perhaps altering life styles now. Grady Harp, January 10
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Written by Christina Eichstedt and
Judy Ann Eichstedt
2012:The last entries; A book of journals kept by six different people in the year 2012. Beginning in January you get to know each of the six people sharing their stories with their personal notebooks. Who they are, what they believe, and what they see in the towns they live in. None the wiser to what the year has in store for them, they begin to notice things changing quickly. As the year progresses many strange climatic events occur in various parts of the world; each person giving their account as they witness many terrible events first hand. The disasters have caused a chain reaction in the lives familiar to them, food shortages, power outages, and loss of communication with the outside world.
Will impending doom change who they are or will they continue their lives in ignorance and disbelief of the events leading up to December 21st, 2012? When natural disasters strike out against mankind, it’s hard to know where to run. Join these six individuals in their journey through the most trying times of their lives. Take a look into the lives of six very different people and how they see what’s happening in what could possibly be the final days of the human race.