Thursday, February 14, 2008

Book Review: The Illuminatus! Trilogy

A warning to the impatient: the book I will be reviewing in this post will no doubt qualify for many of you as a tl;dr. Those of you who are more patient will be amply rewarded. That's because the book I am reviewing today is The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.

Have you ever wondered if there's a driving force behind all of the things that are wrong with the world today? Have you wondered if the chaos is an accident or by design? Have you ever wondered what it's like to take psychoactive drugs? Well, the answers are in this book. Whether or not they're correct answers is another question entirely.

Those of you who are familiar with Mr. Wilson's work will know that he was very knowledgeable about the subjects we discuss on this site. If you're looking for more of that type of information, this book will not disappoint you (check out the appendix, and pay close attention to the chapter headings). Just keep in mind that this of course is a work of fiction.

The main plot of the book is a battle between the forces of order, represented by one of the groups of Illuminati, and the forces of chaos. I say one of the groups of Illuminati because as far as I know, there are at least two: one works toward enlightenment according to our model; the other uses sacrifice, preferably human, definitely with a lot of fresh blood. If you believe David Icke, the second group is running things. But consider this: human sacrifice is definitely in the dualistic mindset, and therefore materialists-in-denial as far as we're concerned.

But we digress. As long as you approach this as a fun book, you'll have a good time and will certainly learn something in the process.

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