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The Shining Shining Path

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Turner, a rock promoter and Vietnam vet, is improbably chosen by a sect of Buddhist monks as the "Hope" -- a spiritual warrior picked to battle the forces of darkness and evil in times of millennial world crisis. And the conflagration will come in his native Alabama. The skeptical Turner is sent home with six monks whose special talents he will need. While waiting for the ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by NewSouth (first published April 1995)
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Ramey Channell
In my family, we make frequent use of the saying "Toad's wild ride!" I believe after reading Carroll Dale Short's book, I'll refer to it as "Turner's wild ride!" This is a surprising, impressive, ambitious and totally original work. While reading The Shining Shining Path, I repeatedly asked the question "How does he know all this?" as the author explains the unexplainable and describes the indescribable. The creative depth and the metaphysical complexity of this adventure, whether factual or fic ...more
Starts as a mildly amusing personal zen journey, but leads into Ultimate Evil, Mystic Confrontation territory. A fine read. Hard to categorize ... and that's a good thing.

Roger Zelazny would have liked this book.
This is a fun adventure combining elements of Buddhism, memories of the 60's and the Viet Nam war and lite magical realism.
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I have a fond memory of a comic book I read as a book. It may have been about Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck. I'm not sure, but the characters don't matter. What I do remember clearly is that the comic's story revolved around an incredible invention--a magical printing machine that could create any kind of story one wanted--Western, romance, mystery, or whatever. At the end of the comic book, the characters order the machine to combine all the genres in one book. After spitting out hundreds of pages, ...more
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Carroll Dale Short, a native of Shanghi, Alabama, has published fiction and non-fiction in Redbook, The New York Times, USA Today, The National Observer, Newsweek, American lawyer, The Runner, The Oxford American, Birmingham, Southern Humanities Review, UAB Magazine, Roanoke Review, Medical Center, Country Music, Appalachian Journal, Arts and Sciences, The Runner, Business Alabama, South Carolina ...more
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