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The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
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Apr 29, 2011

really liked it

This was the strangest book I have ever read. I almost gave up a couple of times but I am glad I didn't.

The book presents every conspiracy theory known to man in a fashion that seems to defy coherent timeline and consistency. It is as if each chapter was written independently, with only the faintest of connecting threads. I often thought that I was reading someone's acid induced musings.
It wasn't until I had read well into the book that I realized there actually was a pattern to the story. It was sort of like looking at a TV screen with your eye an inch from the screen. Everything looks random and disconnected. It isn't until you back away do you see that the pixels form an actual picture.
I found this unique approach to be fascinating once I understood what the authors intended. The story comes together not through a timeline, but like seemingly random brush strokes on a canvas makes a painting.
Couple this with a truly paranoid story, strange characters, sexual perversion, and lots of drugs, and you have a truly unique and disconcerting tale that leaves you wondering if you had been secretly slipped LSD while you were reading.
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message 2: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Laham I remember seeing this! My mom used to read that kind of stuff, this, Books by Zacharias Sitchkin(?) and David Icke. They must be really interesting...

message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura Calderón I've always had an interest in conspiracy theories but just never had the chance to find something that wasn't biased. I will definitely give this a read once I finish the rest of my summer reading!

Thanks LaFave!

Gary Linton 'acid induced musings' yes exactly.

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