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Saul Summerblend has a bizarre memory problem. And his Zen master, Bodhee, says he should travel to the dwarf planet Ceres to fix it. Along the way Saul meets a thirty-foot magic square whose diagonals and rows sum to 666, encounters a group of drunken Vikings and evil dwarves, works some campy mathematics and overhears amusing CB radio conversations, fights a visionary with a penchant for wrestling masks and flipping off cars all day on main street, invents neologisms like deemkrite and freeganidge. He also learns of a mystical book called 'Red Zen: Way of the Butterfly' and attempts to solve a few koans about kangaroos, split toe nails, and carts filled with hatchets. Will Saul fix his strange memory problem? Will he even make it back to Earth alive?
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Sep 17, 2009"Buddha Fire " I was only slightly interested in buddhism before the author loaned me this book but now I am considering becoming a Zen master. Just kidding. I saw some footage of monks once on television. They were protesting something and pouring gasoline over their heads and lighting themselves on fire. As they burned, they didn’t run away screaming in pain, they just continued to pray and bow as the flames roasted them alive. Does Buddhism really work for self-control? Well, it must if a monk can sit there burning to death and just bow as he dies instead of running around wigging out. I don’t think very many Christians could do that. Anyway, in the book, I think the author was kind of disrespectful to Bodhee to have her letters written in that manner. And I thought of subtracting one star from the overall rating because of the sex scenes that I didn’t think were necessary (but I didn't do it), and for some of the other lude scenes. But I did really like the part where... More > Saul is on Ceres and he runs into that robotic jalopy that gives him liquid food from its tubes. That was neat.< Less
May 9, 2009"Math Fiction" Here is sort of a review of the book: http://math.cofc.edu/kasman/MATHFICT/mfview.php?callnumber=mf605
Apr 9, 2008"Red Zen Review" Dear Author of Red Zen, I read your book and I liked it. It was very “novel” and interesting. I liked the 888 Christ number, in the first part and how Bodhee could arrive at it from manipulating other numbers. Also the neologisms and cataclysmic events that almost ended the universe, in Chapter 8 were good too. Saul dropping to the ground from his memory attacks, yes, those were funny, but I didn’t understand that part about a hallucination inside the mind of a butcher, don’t know how that would work exactly. This book has a lot of Zen Buddhism. I liked the koans and the explanations of enlightenment. People suffering and grasping for the edge of a toenail that no longer exists. The part about life energy passing to-and-from, in-and-out of different entities, that is deep, very deep. I can see how the energy in me now, isn’t only mine, but it is universal energy that could pass on to someone else after me; and the part about how past and future are never... More > as important as NOW, living for NOW, acting right NOW. Life is only for a moment and then the moment is gone. Is there really a mystical branch of Zen Buddhism? Probably not. But that is an interesting concept. And the book 'Way of the Butterfly' with its final almost impenetrable mystical section. Cool. But the ending, I have a question about the ending, except I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t read the book yet, so I won’t ask it here.< Less
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- Jason Earls (Standard Copyright License)
- Jason Earls
- May 4, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.74 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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