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An Emmy Award-winning TV animation writer, JP Mac (as John P. McCann) has worked on shows such as "Animaniacs," "Pinky and the Brain," "Scooby Doo Mysteries," and "Kung Fu Panda." A student of T. Coraghessan Boyle's at the University of Southern California, Mac is a writer of short fiction that has appeared both in print and online—in venues such as "The Best of Every Day Fiction" and "The Cthulhu Mythos Mega Pack." Mac is also a military history buff, a former marathon runner, and a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft and Turner Classic Movies. He is currently writing animated projects for DreamWorks and Warner Brothers as well as penning a comedy homage to H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror."
on Sep. 24, 2014 :
If the benefits of Spiritual Enlightenment could be gained instantaneously, with as little effort as possible, sign me up! Who wouldn't? Yeah, I'm into taking shortcuts.
"The Little Book Of Big Enlightenment" is a short story that we could all gain insight from. It delivers plenty of laughs along the way, as both parties explain their point of view on the same subject. Lots of parallels in real life. JP Mac delivers the goods with clever wit, irony, skepticism and tongue firmly planted in cheek. Having read his previous writings, I was familiar with his style, but with this book, he upped his game.
This "little book" is a humorous exchange between two very different and principled characters, that both see things through different points of view. Ultimately, there's some common ground ground, but along the way, it's a laugh a minute. Can't wait for the movie!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Sep. 21, 2014 :
A hippy-dippy self-help guru reveals his true colors.
This is a wickedly funny look at a "self help - spiritual" book author who claims to be a guru, but you find as you read on how not very "spiritual" he is. At various points in my life I've found myself in the "Self-Help" section, embarrassingly looking over my shoulder to make sure no one saw me pick up the book entitled "FIND YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE NOW", or "THE 12 SPIRITUAL SECRETS TO TOTAL WEALTH". Anyone who has been hypnotized by those big headlines, and was able to realize that the book was really filled with a lot of fluff, then this here book is for YOU! (I'm not knocking all self-help or spiritual books, some of them are very legit--but there are plenty that are not). Anyone who has done true spiritual work knows that there's no quick way to get INSTANT ENLIGHTENMENT, but that it takes hard work and living your life on principled that challenge your ego and your comforts. Yet, like those "fad diet" books out there, there are those who claim to have found the short cut to Nirvana. This story is meant to be a humorous look at those types of writers, but I think it's also a good way to be able to spot these "false prophets". If you see big flashy fonts, "INSTANT" in the title, and a lot of promises of a big reveal at the end, you're in for trouble!
This story is filled with witty humor, megalomania, irony, KEY PHRASES WITH BIG FONTS, and is thought provoking as well. All in all, a great read!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
J. Gillian Finley
on May 31, 2014 :
As I write this, I'm still not finished the book. (life keeps getting in the way of my reading time), but I'm very much enjoying what I've read so far.
As a rule, I'm not a new-ager, so I don't know chocolate from shoe polish, as far as what is factual or made up for the sake of the story, but I love the way " 'The Little Book of Big Enlightenment ' was written. It's a light, bedtime read. Conversational. As if he's sharing a story (one on one) with a friend. It's clear that the author had fun writing it!
On top of which, the 'Publisher's Note' might or might not be part of the story and it's a fun mystery to figure out as I read through, and compare writing styles of author and 'publisher'.
Since I'm not finished, I won't be 'spoiling' anything, but Mr. Mac's humorous exploration for enlightenment will have readers rooting for him to find it!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)