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Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  891 ratings  ·  80 reviews
This is the author's account of his near death and recovery from injuries received in the crash of his seaplane, Puff, in 2012. ...more
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published December 25th 2013 by Diamond Inspiration (first published January 1st 2013)
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Réal Laplaine
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Richard Bach has inspired me two times in my life - previous to reading Illusions II. In 1973, when I was on the cusp of graduating from high school and trying to decide what to do with my life at a time when my generation was up in arms about what we called "The Establishment" - the status quo, a time when political corruption was at an all-time high, where the Vietnam war was just winding down after ten years, and where we had no real icons or inspiring leaders to shine a light for us, Bach ca ...more
Gerri Leen
Feb 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I find Bach's latest works massively disappointing, containing an arrogance on his place in the universe that's mingled with writing grown increasingly less skilled and childlike (and repetitive. I think his new mantra is why say things once when you can say them seventeen times). This novella is the worst so far. Full disclosure: I was a huge fan of Bach's through The Bridge Across Forever, then his work got more and more weird. I also say this as a believer of some pretty wacky ideas of life/d ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

"You're a perfect expression of perfect Love, here and now."

Appeaaling writing style
"Questions settled on me like butterflies."

Right and perfect time/space
Donald Shimoda, the reluctant messiah, returns from the first Illusions novel. "It wasn't as if there had been forty years gone. . .not one day had changed. Something had happened to time."

References to Richard Bach's novels
Jonathan Livingston Seag
Grace Llanos
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down!

I finished the book in two evenings. Great read! After the first Illusions book, I borrowed this one. Love the authors depth of thoughts to physical reality.
Ron Charles
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Less than two years after he crashed his small plane and almost died, bestselling author Richard Bach is back with an inspirational tale about his miraculous recovery.

“Illusions II” was released Feb. 7 on the Kindle Singles platform ($2.99) as a sequel to his 1977 book, “Illusions.”

In his signature tone of carefully modulated bliss, Bach, now 77, leads us through the mental journey that began Aug. 31, 2012, when he was about to land his single-engine plane at a small airport in Washington State.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student, because I often wondered what happened to Richard Bach after his plane crash. His son took away his Facebook account; Google searches brought up no information about his condition.

I should have liked Illusions II due to being advanced age and close to death, yet it did not grab me.

Reading Illusions was a life-altering book. Johnathon Livingston Seagull was quite inspiring. I liked other Bach novels; not crazy about the Ferret & other f
Feb 10, 2014 added it
It must have been time.

I haven't thought about Richard Bach in years. His work was so inspirational to my teenaged self. I spent a summer's worth of road trips with my family, vaporizing clouds from the backseat. But I must have needed to hear from him again. I won a kindle at a charity function and as soon as I set it up, there was Richard Bach's new book waiting to be read. As a high school teacher, I too feel much like a wolf on stilts (I laughed when I read that, and now I'm using it). I fin
Jerry Costa
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing


I read the first book illusions,back in the 70's. When I got the kindle I saw it was on here.I didn't know this book existed, I then I would give it a read. You see in 2010I was in an accident,and in a coma for 9 days. I removed in body. I always wondered why I lived. l am still disabled,and can not work. I was always wondering why I lived I suffered for 4years. After reading this I seem to have gotten my
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Die-hard Richard Bach fans.
Recommended to Pamela by: Amazon
I read most of Richard Bach's previous books when I was much younger. Like many, I loved the original Illusions. However, I found this book, Illusions II, to be disjointed and at times, incoherent. It is a poor sequel. Maybe out of respect to this previously inspiring writer it deserves another reading by me, because maybe, just maybe, I'm missing something. But I don't think so. The book jumps from one out-of-body or dream sequence to another, then back to the reality of his hospital bed, often ...more
Joann Kuster
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Richard had a love for flying and flew for years without incident. Then he crashed. During his coma and recovery he would talk to characters that I believe were from his past writings.. I never read the other books so I can only guess. He spoke to his plane as well, Puff, and they agreed that they would both be whole again and fly the skies. His will to live and return to his love of flying was the main story line. The Illusions of his characters encouraging him to live.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The illusion of life

Some say this book is not as good as the original. It some ways that is true. However, what I find is that it is written from a different perspective. Illusions was written 40 years ago when Bach was in the prime of his life. Illusions 2 is written from the perspective of a person who has experienced a horrific crash as he is approaching the end of his life. I enjoyed both perspectives.
Joseph Inzirillo
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected for the follow up but a joy to read regardless. Bach is always inspirational.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
No no no Mr Bach ... what were you thinking when you named this book 'Illusions II'. It is awful and boring and lacks heart or emotion. ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Wessel van der Merwe
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Illusions II...a personal inward journey of recovery after an aircraft accident. Each chapter starts with a nice saying and then followed with the story written in an easy conversational yet poetic fashion. Oftentimes parodical in content - spaces between life and death. Very curious relationship with the aircraft named Puff who has it's own persona. Discussions and feelings of love, death and the challenge to live in what seems a slow recovery. And another person that will not give up on him. E ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2021
A good read, although I much prefer Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. I enjoyed the references to The Little Prince and to Ray Bradbury. This book was quite relevant to my current life, so I was grateful for that.

His airplane vanished in the mist, or it was me who left, thinking about Earth-life.
Kristy Moondaughter
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Long live Puff

Such a beautiful true story, helping to remember even among my mother and her Alzheimer’s we are all expressions of perfect love. May my actions, thoughts and words reflect that perfect love always. Ps I read the book in one night it’s an easy read and a great gift to a young person.
Sherry Briscoe
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
A few good gemstones in it, but mostly his wandering thoughts during his rehab from a plane crash. I liked Illusions much better.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was pretty disappointed in this book. I admit, I’m not over him and Leslie not being together. And the writing was very choppy and hard to follow.
Damion Travelle
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was good, it's better if you're familiar with the author's entire catalog. ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hmmm, this book describes how Richard got through his near-death experience. For that alone I am grateful. But I found it rather boring.
Niranjan Navalgund
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every book of his contains a jewel. This one too - hints about after life and the power of choices :)
Loved it
JV Austen
Jun 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Should have listened to the other reviews and skipped this sequel. I will still hold the original Illusions near and dear to my heart!
Ashok Krishna
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Richard Bach! Am reading his work after a very long time and yet I felt the magic within the first few pages. Loved it!
Michaelangelo Garland
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mantra to live by

“I am a perfect expression of perfect love here and now”.

I’ll hold this with me for the rest of my life. Thank you, Richard.
Michael Brown
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent thought provoking book.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Just finished this tonight and I must admit to not being that impressed with it. Comparatively, the book covers a lot of the same ground as its predecessor, however, it doesn't go as deep as that book does, nor is there as much humor in the absence of depth. Overall, it seems a book written for the writer himself, more than any reader who might ever carve through the pages.

I say this partially because the writing itself is choppy in a lot of places; there was no real love put into the work itse
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
The very moment I realized there existed a sequel to Illusions, I downloaded it without question. Illusions changed my life the first time I read it close to 15 years ago, and I still cite it as one of my favorite books. I also had a copy of The Messiah's Handbook that I carried around with me on my own travels.

But this book... hugely disappointing in almost every aspect. The only reason I gifted it 2 stars rather than one is because I was so happy to see Donald Shimoda, and it seemed like he ha
Joseph R. Coble
Oct 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
From the reviews I read of Illusions II before I purchased it, it was obvious that opinions tend to be at the extremes. Illusions is right at the top of my all-time favorite books, first read many years ago, and reread a number of times since then. With Illusions II, though, I lost interest very quickly. In trying to figure out why, I think that as a Christian and spiritual person, while I thought a few of Bach's ideas in Illusions were a little "out there," I thought the majority of it was very ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure what was going on in this book - I've read a lot of Bach's writing, but this one was extremely difficult to follow. Not only was it pretty trippy in its layout (as the reader, I wasn't ever sure if I was in a dream, a flashback, a hallucination, or an otherworldly experience..), but the dialogue was impossible, fragmented, and overall poorly executed.

If this story was to bring one hope, solace, or calm about what may be to come after this life, I'm not sure that he really achieved h
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