I bought the book (Of course! For $1.99!) and stayed up late last night to read my way through to the middle of TheThird Rule of Ten. I am in Nirvana!
Ten — which is what Tenzing is mostly called, outside Tibet — is the illegitimate son of a strict, advanced and powerful Tibetan Lama and a Paris hippie. He was raised in a Dharamshala monastery where he often got into a lot of mischief, but still found time to intimately learn the dharma. [We know this from the prequel to the series, The Broken Rules of Ten, a mystery written after the First and before the Second books in the mainline of the series.]
I cannot say that the writing is high style — think Edith Wharton or the mysteries of Chandler and Hammett — but there is perfect clarity in the writing of collaborators Gay Hendricks [Buddhist] and Tinker Lindsay [Relationships expert]. I enjoy their wordsmithery quite a lot!
With a relationships-expert as half of the writing team, you can bet that Ten has many challenges in his love life. In The Third Rule, his gorgeous girlfriend Heather is passive-aggressive and more than a match to Ten’s crankiness. Their sex life is less than wonderful, Heather needing to swap out Ten’s penis for a vibrator, mid-hump, in order to reach orgasm.
|The Fourth Rule.|
Coming in January, 2015.
I pondered the different ways cats and dogs – not to mention their deluded owners – handle affection. If you’re a dog owner, you pay a little attention to your dog, and your dog thinks you’re doing something miraculously wonderful. It licks, wags, pants and dances in circles. Dog owners accept everything about this deal, despite the potential for well-earned ridicule as enablers of vulgar canine toadying.As you might not guess, Ten has a big cat, Tank. Tank has enough sway over Ten’s thinking and actions that he has garnered an online fan club (or, at least, a WEBPAGE for fans).
If you’re a cat owner, the reverse is true: your cat pays a little attention to you and you think it’s doing you a favor. Cat owners accept everything about this deal, despite the potential for well-deserved ridicule as an easy mark, suckered in by cunning slackers who appear, at best, amused, when not subjecting their masters to long periods of feline disregard.
Either way, everybody’s happy.
“You’re only as sick as your secrets.”Ten struggles to be a fully open person, with little success (at least through the first half of The Third Rule).
“Lama Tenzing, we are all equal beings in the universe,” [Lama Tashi had] told me more than once. “If you hold others in the thought that they are victims, you rob them of their power. If you hold others as fully responsible for their own destiny, you ennoble them by treating them as equals.”Tenzing does not forget lessons learned at the Dharamshala monastery.
To my great glee while doing a tad of googling to write this blog post, I learned that The Fourth Rule of Ten will be 'out' in a short five months. The universe is being very generous to me!