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The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
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Jul 15, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

I gave this a 4 because it truly is better than average. It's not your run-of-the-mill murder mystery.

It takes place in Chinese-occupied Tibet and that plays heavily into the plot. Also weighing in are local religious beliefs. Because of this Western readers have some pretty stiff cultural divides to leap across. This is difficult at times.

Also difficult is the odd justaposition of an investigator who needs hard facts and monks who reel out vague spiritual offerings. ("To know of not knowing is the best..." kind of sums it up. Wha..?)

I did a lot of not knowing as I wandered around lost in the convoluted plot. It was harder to find my way through than to discover a hidden monastery in the mountains.

Still, I recognize quality when I read it. The book deserves a four even though I have no desire to read the other three similar books listed by the same author on the last page.

Read on a bumper sticker recently: "Zen Buddhism...don't even think about it."

Om, y'all.

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