Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig, 1974

My favorite quote: “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.”

Notable characters: Phaedrus, the narrator’s former self

Most memorable scene: No single scene really stands out for me

Greatest strengths: The writing is very seductive. I don’t know how else to word it. Once I opened it, I couldn’t put it down … even though I desperately wanted to at times

Standout achievements: Reading is like sitting down with the philosophers and having a very long (but fascinating) conversation

Fun Facts: This book was rejected 121 times before it was accepted for publication
Other media: N/A

What it taught me: This book touches on a lot of the themes of Buddhism which set me on a quest to learn more about it

How it inspired me: I’m currently working on the 4th book in Vampires of Crimson Cove series and my character Brooks Colter (who isn’t the book type) just discovered a copy of it on his bookish younger brother’s shelf. Thinking it’s about motorcycles (Brooks is a car guy) he picks it up — and loves it. My thinking is that it will help him come to terms with some things going on in his own (totally f*cked up) life.

As for how this book inspired me personally, I read this when I was young — about seventeen, I think — and it not only prompted me to examine myself a little more closely at the time, but it created a habit of self-reflection that I still carry with me today. I feel like someone who knows himself very well — and this book played a part in that
Additional thoughts: There are times when the author starts to sound a bit pretentious. Some of the logic is weak, too. These are usually deal-breakers for me, but I got through the book and mostly enjoyed it. It’s a mixed bag, I guess

My rating: 4 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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