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Searches cannot start with a wildcard. I have no idea what this says about me. Anyway, five stars, and now back to my regularly scheduled reading regiment, where I go and re-read a book that I didn't enjoy the first time reading but which other people love, and which I'm hoping to enjoy more the second time around. View all 10 comments. Mar 30, Naomi rated it did not like it Shelves: scifi-fantasy. The authors thought they were WAY more clever and intellectual than they really were.

Mostly these books were pretentious and boring and a regurgitation of themes that had been explored numerous times in numerous other places. Not to mention the fact that the whole trilogy pretends to be building up to some huge world-altering event that never actually happens. It's like the authors finally realized after 3 books that they didn't really know what they were trying to say or where they wanted the The authors thought they were WAY more clever and intellectual than they really were.

It's like the authors finally realized after 3 books that they didn't really know what they were trying to say or where they wanted the plot to go, so they just decided to end it. A huge, utter, complete waste of time. View 2 comments. Jan 01, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Shelves: black-comedy , psychology , sexuality-erotica , alternative-histories , consciousness , esoteric , pr-propaganda , religion-spiritual , cultural-studies , north-american.

This book meant a great deal to him. It is so deliberately occult in places as to become occasionally and ironically a bit pompous, much like its 'hero' H [ This review is dedicated to the anarchist and occasional friend Steve Ash who sadly died last year. It is so deliberately occult in places as to become occasionally and ironically a bit pompous, much like its 'hero' Hagbard Celine, the Captain Nemo of the story.

The satire is somewhat jaded and the three novels taken together are too long and sometimes over-written. But, having said this, the book is mostly a great deal of fun and, once you get used to the technique of having apparently disconnected tales flow into each other without any clear sign that the narrator has changed, easy enough to get through. It is a classic text because it introduced into popular culture an entire alternative way of thinking about the world which, though sometimes as absurd as the 'morning of the magicians', is genuinely liberatory and, ultimately, 'true' or 'as true' as anything else.

We have to remember the time when it was written - the depressingly reactionary period in early s America that emerged in response to the counter-cultural liberatory aspects of the s. Yes, the s were an era of unorganised narcissism whose final result was Hillary Clinton but, in that specific context, Shea and Anton Wilson provide us with a cogent popular explanation of why anarchic narcissism may be the only appropriate response to authority.

The themes in these book - Lovecraftian, erotic, science fiction, conspiracy, new age - have, for better or worse, embedded themselves in the minds of those who will not accept that state authority is anything other than oppressive. In this respect, the seeds laid by Shea and Anton Wilson in the s act as counterpoint to those laid by Saul Alinsky, as alternative democratic sub-socialist and anarchic sub-libertarian responses to Leviathan, the State - or rather to Man's determination to submit. The dominant model of political organisation in relation to the American State on the American Left is a sort of 'femininised' or beta male baring of the arse in order to be buggered in the hope that eventually the old beast will die and the buggered beast will inherit.

The anarcho-libertarian model seems to abandon all notions of Right or Left which confuses the traditionalists of the Left and laud the trickster, freethinker, pirate and even criminal against the very notion of order.

It is a view of human nature as good in the very end - or at least as less bad than when it is in under orders. The politics may be questionable but the psychological and philosophical insights are less so, even if presented in quasi-Zen parables and obfuscatory occultism. The Trilogy and the 'serious' Appendices, with no more 'truth' in them than any other part of the books offers us versions of a number of theories questioning the reality that we create out of our sense perceptions and, in particular, social reality.

This questioning of social reality will last far longer than the political satire and the book's somewhat stock appropriation of cultural memes, such as Lovecraftian monsters and Nazis waiting to rise to make blood sacrifices to 'immanentize the eschaton'. The book is justified by its bringing these thoughts about social reality subliminally to thousands of young people in every generation although, sadly, for every one who gets it, ten or a hundred will not and cease to be as functional in their own interest as they might. Many observers have not noted that, as a book of constant paradox, the Trilogy, with its twists and turns has inherent fascistic aspects too - the elite eroticism, the leadership principle underpinning Hagbard, the cyclical views of history, the appropriation of traditionalism.

There is also implicit in the vision a disturbing sense of history as elites manipulating masses but without any real outrage being expressed - the Discordians seem simply to wish to play in the game on equal terms, disrupting the forces of order to restore 'balance'.

The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan

In this world view, there is still a hierarchical view of humanity. The masses could have their eyes open, and the Discordians devoutly wish that this would happen, yet a deep conservative pessimism in the game players leads them to accept that it will not. The clever trick played in the book is that the naive reader who thinks he has 'got it' is really being manipulated into the false belief that, because he has 'got it', he is now part of the same elite that gave 'it' to him. He is not. The authors warn but not directly.

Look hard and there is a paragraph in the Appendices where an argument for human sacrifice of a most primitive type is made too plausible to be ironical, a nod perhaps to Evola, yet contrasted with horror at the mass immolations of war and that s preoccupation, the Holocaust. This is where the s Generation can be seen to be bifurcating into an authoritarian and ideological optimism on the one side and a tendency to inverted rage and pessimism.

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The slave now adopts guerrilla tactics to undermine what cannot be destroyed frontally. Magick and the occult in particular are the tools of the frustrated and the outsider and this book is heavily imbued with magical thinking. Contemporary anarchism, Goth culture, popular horror, fantasy and the occult are now very much combined as a model for libertarian resistance to Leviathan - and the fantastic aspects do not stop police raids even today on those who withdraw from the system and wear black.

Culturally this is an important book, a tour de force in terms of its organisation of literary references and even plot.

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Its weaknesses are those of its time and we can only understand it by referring back to that time. Beyond the politics, the book must be marked out as a text that introduced radically new ways of thinking to a mass audience - even if its subtleties have bypassed and will bypass those who read the New York Times and the Guardian and think they represent reality. View all 9 comments. Sep 25, rachelm rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. As I'm having trouble summarizing this book myself, I've decided to quote the meta-review of their book which the authors wrote into the novel: "'It's a dreadfully long monster of a book,' Wildeblood says pettishly, 'and I certainly won't have time to read it, but I'm giving it a thorough skimming.

The authors are utterly incompetent--no sense of style or structure at all. It starts out as a detective story, switches to science-fiction, then goes off into the supernatural, and is full of the most As I'm having trouble summarizing this book myself, I've decided to quote the meta-review of their book which the authors wrote into the novel: "'It's a dreadfully long monster of a book,' Wildeblood says pettishly, 'and I certainly won't have time to read it, but I'm giving it a thorough skimming.

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Trilogy " dated , and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. Wilson and Shea did plan to collaborate again on a true sequel, Bride of Illuminatus , taking place in The trilogy's story begins with an investigation by two New York City detectives Saul Goodman and Barney Muldoon into the bombing of Confrontation , a leftist magazine, and the disappearance of its editor, Joe Malik. Retrieved 10 March Trilogy is steeped with references to the s popular music scene at one point a list of fictional bands performing at the Walpurgisnacht rock festival is reeled off including a handful of actual bands of the 60s , and there are numerous references to the famous rock and roll song, " Rock Around the Clock " , and has influenced many bands and musicians. Everything else is impossible to untangle.

It starts out as a detective story, switches to science-fiction, then goes off into the supernatural, and is full of the most detailed information of dozens of ghastly boring subjects. And the time sequence is all out of order in a very pretentious imitation of Faulkner and Joyce. Worst yet, it has the most raunchy sex scenes, thrown in just to make it sell, I'm sure, and the authors--whom I've never heard of--have the supreme bad taste to introduce real political figures into this mishmash and pretend to be exposing a real conspiracy.

If you either like science fiction or are skeptical of privilege and politics, you should read it. If you don't see the fnords, they can't eat you. It got so repetitive to read and the stuff they daresay call "humor" was well, kinda boring and not original at all. I meant to review this trilogy after I read it but it sort of just left my mind until my mom brought the book home that she borrowed from a co-worker a couple weeks ago.

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Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan Paperback – December 1, Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson Paperback $ Filled with sex and violence--in and out of time and space--the three books of The Illuminatus are only partly works of the. The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a series of three novels by American writers Robert Shea and Robert The trilogy comprises three parts which contain five books and appendices: The Eye in the Pyramid (first two books), The Golden Apple ( third and part of fourth book), Leviathan (part of fourth and all of fifth book, and the .

I looked at the cover and instantly remembered. I was kind of surprised to see my mom bring this home, for my mom is the one who reads classics, philosophy, and noir horror. I asked her "Uh, are you interested in reading this book? Looks outdated and lame. This book tried selling itself as being funny and having raunchy sex and foul language. Does it deliver on both levels? Kinda vanilla, really. In some ways I'm partially disappointed I didn't finish it all, but part of me is just patting myself on the back.

It's also not a very original piece of literature. Imagine taking concepts that have been to death and spanning them for pages each, the throw in boring banter and humor, vanilla sex every now and then, and some swear words cuz why not? You got the Illuminatus! I will admit though, this book does start out intriguing, but by the end of the first book The Eye in the Pyramid , it started losing a lot of steam.

It was midway through The Golden Apple where I was just trying to prop my eyes open from reading this, but I managed to finish it.

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I then started Leviathan and called it quits by page or so. Even though I thought this book was boring and unoriginal, do I hate this trilogy? Not at all. Lots and lots of them. I seriously couldn't even try on this book anymore. I lost all my steam and patience for it. Mar 26, Robyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: religion-and-spirituality , reviewed. Be careful if you're going to pick up this book.

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This is not the kind of story that hands everything to you, or wraps up every element of the plot in a neat little bow. This book demands a lot of you, it moves fast, and not always in the way you expect, and you just have to keep up. Yes, there are plenty of places where you are going to have NO IDEA just what is going on, you are going to have to go back and re read passages to understand them, and you do need to read all of the appendices if yo Be careful if you're going to pick up this book.

Yes, there are plenty of places where you are going to have NO IDEA just what is going on, you are going to have to go back and re read passages to understand them, and you do need to read all of the appendices if you want to fully get it. That being said, this book has great rewards to offer.

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