Thursday, 24 February 2011
Just one quick post before I hit the road: I’ve just finished a self-published book, and need to recommend it to you. Readers should be proud of me; two years ago, I would’ve stopped listening at the phrase “self-published.”
It’s called Red Zen, and it’s by Jason Earls, the ‘mathematician, eastern philosopher, writer’ type. Expect to see an eastern influence (á la Jack Kerouac’s lesser known works), which becomes very honed during the course of the narrative.
You can buy it for $3.75 as a .pdf (I’m really breaking out of bounds today) and it’s a quick read.
No excuse not to give it a look. I’m trying to get in touch with Jason so we can have a quick little interview. In its stead, here’s a weirdly-worded summary:
“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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