Luminarium [Alex Shakar] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. “Heady and. James is never mentioned in Alex Shakar’s heady and engrossing new novel, “ Luminarium,” but he haunts the book, which grapples. Picture yourself stepping into a small, cuboid room. In the center squats an old recliner, upholstered in black vinyl.”.

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Set primarily in New York City, Luminarium follows Fred Brounian, a former co-CEO of a software company devoted to creating Utopian virtual worlds, as he copes with circumstances beyond his control. So before anything else, let me caution my fellow New Weird fans that Chicagoan Alex Shakar’s Luminarium is not the trippy sci-fi novel that its cover, jacket copy and breathless Dave Eggers blurb promise it to be, and that those picking it up expecting it to be such are going to be severely disappointed, Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.

If some greater force and purpose were at work in all this, he wondered, then why all the subterfuge? Luminarium by Alex Shakar on Blogcritics. The love story with Mira towards the end disappointed me.


Why all the arbitrariness of quantum fluctuation and genetic mutation? I sort of want to know what happens with George and with the Mira experiment but not enough to keep reading. One of the best books I have ever read. I get it already. I personally dream of a future where science and religion have met. The Splendor Before the Dark. Spy of the First Person. But how does that person know? But, even if I did make it beyond the page half-way mark, and no matter how glowing the review by Kirkus and the Washington Post was, I’m pretty certain it would still have only squeezed 2 disappointed stars out of me.

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Fred is the most likely suspect. He was a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas.

Who creates those standards? Years passed as I eagerly awaited his second novel.

Is that my very lumiharium existential enlightenment? None of us do. To complicate things further, he begins receiving highly technical messages from none other than his brother George. Alex Shakar is an American novelist and short story writer. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I would have been happier if the author had focused on the virtual reality element and the issue of what’s there after death, rather than all the ‘side-trips’ he took, probably in the hope that density equals depth and confusing misdirection equals interesting reading.


But don’t pretend, for a second, that you actually know anything. Hardcoverpages. Aug 08, Halifax rated it did not like it.

But the problem with an “it’s inconclusive” kind of conclusion with any kind of nascent technology is, of course shkar inconclusive. The early Puritans who came here lumniarium particularly concerned about distinguishing between genuine religious experience and what they disparaged as mere enthusiasm. Or that I read this book, or that I can read, or that I’m here at all. Still, despite these faults, I found Luminarium to be a smart and moving read.

Things just seem to happen, ones that aren’t particularly interesting either. The conclusion is disharmoniously humble–and not in that apt sort of way. The next minute you were dealing with East Asian religious beliefs, Reiki faith healing and the possibility of virtual reality being actual reality. Then there are the magic shows Fred performs with his pot-smoking, failed actor luminrium.

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