This classic story is filled with all kinds of teachings, from Ram Dass playing on the Wurlitzer of Wisdoms, to the Tibetan wheel-of-life, to Sufi stories, all woven into a humorous adventure taking place in an old mansion called Inverness. The mansion has three towers, but Jack Flanders has seen a fourth. When he finally enters the tower, he discovers there are various levels, and each level contains another world.
"Escapism to the existential degree"
Jack Flanders has inherited the Inverness mansion from his late aunt, Lady Jowls. A strange energy is emanating from the ruins of a temple that Madame Trunknose believes is the awakening of an old pagan god. Jack calls Mojo to help save Inverness. When Jack hears the voice of Little Frieda calling for help, he enters the Fourth Tower and finds not only Little Frieda, but also the seductive, shapeshifting daughter of the King of the Rakshasas!
A new Ruby, but as snappy and sassy as ever. Our futuristic sleuth faces some grotesque new adversaries in screwball locations as she battles the manipulators of the electronic media. Will Ruby defeat the detractors of the truth and protect the perspective of credulous consumers, or desiccate in the dreadful desert of the Great Boosbooszees? From Kismet to the Ossirian Islands, Ruby's escapades move, twist, and shimmy!
On the planet Summa Nulla (crossroads of the galaxy, high point of nothing) someone is manipulating the media. And Ruby, smart, tough, sexy detective that she is, is hired to track down the male-factors. The swinging Andriod Sisters perform speak-satirical songs as Ruby, the funny, fast-paced galactic gumshoe encounters some pretty weird planetary inhabitants on her quest for truth and the intergalactic way.
The natives of a far-flung archipelago are tring to turn their islands into a fantasy world called "Land of Zoots". There are rainbow bubble abodes, giant inflatable walking/talking toes, and trees that grow feathers. While Rodant Kapoor is leading a troupe of tiny Terminator Teddy Bears, Ruby is trying to find out who is behind all this. Dan it be, the Wizard of Zoots?
"Great Social Commentary! AND A REALLY FUN STORY!"
In "The Underworld", Ruby investigates the dark force within Magnifico, City of Malls, while Inanna journeys into the Seven Gates of the Underworld. In "The Invisible World", Ruby finds herself in the Astral Bar & Grill, where the decor adapts to each person's personality.
"Movie for the Mind"
Illuboo Roi is a planet inhabited by pear-shaped beings with pointed heads. Ruby is hired by Oop Boop, an Illuboo, to uncover a secret society known as "The Illusionati". When the Digital Circus is invited to Illuboo Roi, Ruby, Teru, And/Or, and Rodant Kapoor travel incognito as performers. Meanwhile, doppelgrangers, grown out of bio-flesh, are replacing infuential Illuboos, perhaps even Oop Boop!
"Ruby Keeps Getting Better and Better"
From Rio de Janeiro, into the vast Amazon, Jack pursues a mysterious crystal skull. The author and composer recorded the music and sounds of Rio, and then flew into the dark heart of the Amazon to record the jungle sounds. Also featuring Mojo Sam.
This edition contains all four unabridged episodes, "The Moon Coins of Sonto Lore", "The Turban of El Morya", "Dark Night of the Reptiods" and "Mad moon for Rubina". Ruby is hired to find four moon coins. There is a myth that when the four coins come together, dimensions will shift. Along with Teru and Kapoor, Ruby explores a creepy planet of slithering reptilian beings called Reptiods.
When a beautiful Indian woman hands Jack his own business card, which she claims he gave her Aunt over 40 years ago, there is no doubt in Jack's mind that another quest is about to unfold. Before the riddle is solved, Jack is off to India.
Jack is led by a crystal skull to the ruins of a lost city in the Amazon. One night, an ethereal city appears hovering above the ruins. Jack climbs to the top of a pyramid temple, and is drawn up into the city.
A delightful vacation in Bali turns into something else as Jack is confronted with black magic, dreams, and spectral visits from a Balinese holy man who sends Jack through a circular doorway to a wold where those who step in rarely step out.
A strange velvet overstuffed chair is delivered to Jack's apartment. When he sits in the chair, sinking down through the soft cushions, he finds himself in a realm of pirates, sorcerers and three masted ships that fly the skies.
This is the very first Ruby story (before even Ruby 1). Ruby Tuesday (that's what she was called) is hired by Colonel Abulah Abdullah of the star cluster, Saudi Asteriodia, to find Cleo, a missing planet. Ruby discovers there's much more behind this mystery when she encounters the villainous Forked Forefinger of Fong. Also includes four Ruby pilot episodes that had never been released before.
While Jack Flanders is scuba diving in the great barrier reef off Belize, he discovers a sunken pirate ship. On board are two skeletons poised as though playing chess, and every time he returns, the pieces have been moved. One of the pieces looks a lot like Jack.
Lucas Trust has it all - money, a mansion, an island, a gorgeous girlfriend. But his shadowy past returns and Willie, who has been painting Luke's house, suddenly finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery. Meanwhile Short Top Detroit, a fictional paperback detective, has taken up residence in Willie's head. But Short Top isn't a very good detective, and Willie finds himself in some bizarre and dangerous situations.
Jack Flanders encounters trolls, wizards, and all sorts of odd mythical creatures when he explores the "Invisible Realms" in search of our future Ah-Ha's - those spontaneous flashes of insight that have caused great thinkers to leap to their feet and shout, "Ah-Ha!".
One autumn evening in New York, Jack Flanders walks into an all night coffee shop, and finds himself stepping out into the tropics. He encounters his long lost uncle, Sir Henry Jowls, who convinces Jack to steal a green stone. But Sir Henry is replaced by another Sir Henry, who insists Jack return the stone to the mythical city of Mer-Kahbah. To reach that city, Jack must cross the Twilight Realms of the Hungry Ghosts and they are quite hungry.
Jesse, a young anthropologist, disappears somewhere in the highlands of West Sumatra, and Jack is hired to find her. There's evidence that she was involved in the Kabut cult, a secret society practicing ancient tribal magic. Jack travels to Bukittinggi as the city erupts in the exotic sounds of celebration at the end of Ramadan, the Moslem holy month of fasting. Sounds just dandy - until a mist swirls around him, and he's staring into the gaping mouth of a giant, swirling vortex.
While Jack Flanders is being chased by a zombie, his phone rings. It's Mojo waking Jack from his nightmare and inviting him to New Orleans. Later, strolling through the French Quarter, Jack is amazed to see Claudine, from Montreal. Or had he just met a voodoo priestess who can shapeshift into the woman of his dreams? And who is that zombie that keeps following him?