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Dec 24, Katie rated it liked it. Add in text and e-mail messages that appear to come from luminraium and immobile Gred and younger brother Sam’s plans to move to Florida with the Urth project and you see what I mean.


There were a few places where I felt he was doing a research paper rather than telling a story, but not too many to lose my interest in what happens to Fred. It’s luminagium dreams, souls, consciousness, an immersive computer world, and how all those things bleed together to the extent that the protagonist can’t necessarily tell them apart anymore.

His social skills make Jobs look like Bill Clinton. American culture has moved far over the past years, but how brilliantly liminarium these old and new themes are linked in this strange, lush book.

His father is an actor and magician. Pre-fab reality is predictable and as safe as the womb. Even the title of the book r Dreams, reality, games, real life, introspection all combined into a confusing mish-mash of pages that when you finish you I ask what have I learned? Fred’s dad Vartan is a has-been actor turned struggling magician.


He wonders if someone is playing a cruel joke. Then there are the magic shows Fred performs with his pot-smoking, failed actor father.

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As his twin languishes in a coma, a man shakwr spiritual enlightenment and meaning, aided by texts and emails that seem to be coming from his brother. There have been glitches in the new search and rescue program, and a suggestion of sabotage. In Luminarium he clearly went looking for spiritual underpinnings, as does his main character, and was Luminarium is the best book I have read this year.

It was very hard to stick with it because I didn’t care what was happening. Wow – Lumnarium not sure what to say about this one This nook is a dazzling, dizzying romp through pop culture, recent history, East Indian myth, quantum physics and a whole spectrum of other elements. As a result, it felt like I was feeling through Fred, that I was experiencing through him.

Years passed as I eagerly awaited his second novel. See my other book reviews here.

It’s a very foggy plot. Everyone has a flaw, which is somewhat reflective of reality, I admit, but in the context of reading, it makes it hard for a reader to identify with any one of them. It is the summer of and Fred Brounian is not in a good place. This is essentially the premise of Alex Shakar’s novel entitled Luminariumwhere the topic of human despair interfaces with modern technol An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review: Given thiss novel, I wonder what happened to the author to write a version of New York City this bleak and dark.


Full of all kinds of wonderfully nerdy details sure to shaiar any metaphysical tech-head for one great example, the ’70s Cray supercomputer that one brother gives the other as an elaborate luminariumm gift, which is then turned into the online-startup “Prayerizer. Everywhere in these pages, Shakar explores different facets of belief and the manipulation of consciousness. Even when that someone is you. If someone else had done it, how would I have done?

Luminarium reminds me of Neal Stephenson mixed with Franzen. Enter Mira, who offers Fred a more spiritual existence via an electronic brain manipulation study. Every week, Fred sits down in an old vinyl chair and finds himself jolted to feel at one with the universe or to experience rapture or to sense the presence of God.

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It comes recommended in that spirit. Feb 08, Amira Makansi rated it it was amazing. Everyone over the age of eighteen with an internet connection should read this book.

But by that point I’d gotten enough out of this book that I was content to just let them be; they’re words, and they have meaning, even if I don’t understand it yet.

I would move on and read something else. In the center squats an old recliner, upholstered in black vinyl.