The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan, by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Dell, 0440539811 816 p.
It’s a classic. That’s what everybody says about it. It’s got style, class, and a very neat way of fucking up your head. It jumps, changes, moves, twists and turns all the way through until you’re no longer sure what the plot is, or why you’re even trying to follow it any more.
It plays games with you. It entices you in by being all cute and cuddly and voluptuous and entertaining and then [wap] it beats you over the head with a wet penguin from mars to break your complacency.
Pay attention. It’s fun, but there’s an undercurrent of seriousness in the gameplay that you’ll be able to pick out if you pay attention.
Four and a half wet fishes out of three.
Prometheus Rising, by Robert Anton Wilson
New Falcon Publications, 1561840564, September 1992
Where do you begin? This book is, in essence, an examination of Timothy Leary’s eight-circuit model of consciousness. However, along the way of exploration, it also calls into question many other different ways of looking at the world. It contains a series of exercises designed to help you understand the import of the eight circuit model, with each set of exercises building on the last. It would make sense to read this book through once, and then re-read it at each stage, stopping to perform each set of exercises.
If you’re looking for a detailed examination of the model, it’s a decent book, but it’s also well worth looking up Leary’s own thoughts on the subject because Wilson is essentially concentrating on getting you to apply the model more so than explain it in detail or trying to prove it to you.
The book is an entertaining read in itself, and should open your eyes a little along the way too. At the very least, it could widen your reality tunnels a little further, and at best could turn your understanding of the world around you inside out and upside down.