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The ultimate weapon isn't this plague out in Vegas, or any new super H-bomb. The ultimate weapon has always existed. Every man, every woman, and every child owns it. It's the ability to say No and take the consequences. - Hagbard Celine, LeviathanIlluminatus! Part III cheerfully ushers in the apocalyptic high-camp conclusion of the Illuminatus! Trilogy. The 9th and 10th TrThe ultimate weapon isn't this plague out in Vegas, or any new super H-bomb. The ultimate weapon has always existed. Every man, every woman, and every child owns it. It's the ability to say No and take the consequences. - Hagbard Celine, LeviathanIlluminatus! Part III cheerfully ushers in the apocalyptic high-camp conclusion of the Illuminatus! Trilogy. The 9th and 10th Trips are performed by a grand ensemble cast. The Appendices (which are most instructive) are performed by the incomparable Ken Campbell, bringing the audiobook trilogy full circle. The Illuminati has never looked so good. All Hail Eris!...

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Number of Pages : 253 Pages
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Leviathan Reviews

  • Divuar
    2019-05-23 20:45

    Imagine that all existing conspiracy theories are bound into a single book. Add there some mysteries like Atlantis, Third Reich occultism, theology and many other things. The mix will be close to the Illuminatus! Trilogy, still it is too cool to describe it in few words. Leviathan is the last volume of the series and it ends the epic story.

  • J.G. Keely
    2019-05-17 18:48

    A sprawling, many-faceted, satirical series, Illuminatus! is difficult to rate and more difficult to review. There are so many aspects which one could address, so many points of divergence, ideas, philosophies, and influences, but at it's heart, it's a rollicking adventure story that, despite it's many political and social themes, rarely takes itself too seriously.I can certainly say I liked it, but it's hard to say how much. Some parts were better than others, but there are many parts to be considered. Unlike other reviewers, I did not find the numerous asides and allusions to be distracting. If one piqued my interest, I looked it up and more often than not, learned something entirely new. Some didn't intrigue me as much, and I was happy to let them lie.I treated the book like I treat life, following those threads which seemed, to me, to be the most fruitful, and refusing to become bogged down in the fact that I can't know everything. If a reader tried to track down every reference, they'd be going to wikipedia three and four times per page and likely lose the thread of the story entirely. The sheer volume of research behind the book is an achievement in itself, sure to keep the attention of detail-obsessed trivial pursuit players of the internet generation.Others have also complained about the structure of the book, switching as it does in place, time, and character with no forewarning. Certainly these switches can cause a moment's uncertainty, but they hardly make following the plot impossible. The authors could have put more line breaks in, it would be a minor change. So minor, in fact, that I find it difficult to take seriously any claim that the lack of such breaks somehow ruined the story.It was a deliberate effect by the authors, meant to impart information realistically and force the reader to take a more active role. In life, we are constantly inundated by information and it is up to us to decide what is important and where to make strict delineations. Likewise, in this book, the authors want us to take responsibility for our own parsing of data, refusing to spoon-feed it to us like so much propaganda.The authors, themselves went through huge amounts of data to combine all of these conspiracy theories into a grand ur-conspiracy, too large and detailed to be believed and too ridiculous to be doubted. I've never had much interest in such theories, so it was nice to have them all in one place where I could enjoy them as part of a fun spy story.I also admit a lack of interest in the beat poets, psychadelic culture, and World War II, so I'm glad to have gotten those all out of the way in the same fell swoop. This book is, at its heart, a chronicle of a certain point in American history, a certain mindset, a baroquely detailed conglomeration of the writings and ideas of the raucous sixties.The book is at its least effective when it is taking itself seriously, particularly in the appendices. When it seems to believe in it's own conspiracies or Burroughs' bizarre understanding of history, it becomes a victim of its own joke.It is at its best when it takes nothing seriously, least of all itself. The authors were involved in the flowering of the Discordian Movement, which has been described as a religion disguised as a joke disguised as a religion. The movement plays a large role in the text and is analyzed from all sides, but basically boils down to religion as imagined by Mad Magazine.The revolutionary thing about Mad was not that it undermined authority, but that it simultaneously undermined itself. It's humor was the insight that you could trust no one and nothing to be the source of wisdom, but that you were perfectly justified in mistrusting everything.Rather like the remarkable sixties series 'The Prisoner', the final message is that you must decide for yourself what is important, what is real, and what is misdirection. Also like 'The Prisoner', Illuminatus owes much to the spy books of the sixties, from their freewheeling sexuality to their ultra-modern secret bases and high-stakes secret missions. There is even an overt parody of the Bond franchise running through the books.Unfortunately, it also seems to fall into the Boys' Club atmosphere of spy stories. Though it switches between narrators, all of them are men, and the focused sexuality of the book most often points toward women. There are moments where bisexuality, homosexuality, and feminist sexual power dynamics are explored, but these tend to be intellectual exercises while the hot, sweaty moments are by and large men acting upon women. I can enjoy porn, but I wish it were as balanced as the rhetoric to which the authors pay adherence.Many male authors have shied away from writing female characters from the inside, despite having no compunction about getting inside them in other ways. I cannot reiterate enough the late Dan O'Bannon's insistence that the secret to writing women was writing men and then leaving out the penis. He scripted 'Alien' without gender markers, all characters being referred to by last name, and Sigourney Weaver's portrayal of Ellen Ripley has proven one of the most realistic and unaffected of any woman in film. It was a disappointment to see Shea and Wilson so fettered by gender while simultaneously spouting the latest feminist sound bites.In many ways, Illuminatus provides a bridge between the paranoid, conspiracy sci fi of Dick and the highly referential, multilayered stories of Cyberpunk. Conceptually, it represents a transition from Dick's characters, always unable to escape destruction at the hand of their vast, uncaring society, and Cyberpunk characters who are able to adapt to their distant, heartless society and thrive where they can. The language of Illuminatus is flashier and cooler than Dick's, but has not yet reached the form-as-function linguistic data overload of Gibson or Stephenson.And as you might expect, the writing here is good: crisp, witty, evocative and mobile. Far from the accusations of being a text 'written on an acid trip', it is lucid and deliberate, even if it does take itself lightly. There certainly are those aspects which are inspired by psychadelic culture, including the free-wheeling structure. The authors invite comparison between moments, events, and characters which, in most other books, would be separated by the strict delineation of the page break.But then, the surest sign of genius is the ability to synthesize new data from the confluence of apparently disparate parts, as Da Vinci did one day while studying the eddies in a stream for a painting, finding himself suddenly struck by the notion that the heart would pump blood more efficiently by forming such swirling eddies in its chamber instead of working as a simple pump. In the the past decade, internal body scanners have proven the accuracy of his small corner sketch. By inviting you to make such comparisons and synthesize your own conclusions, the book respects the potential intelligence of its reader.But it is not all such conceptual exercises, and the lesson Cyberpunk authors learned was that a fast-paced, flashy shell can sugar even bitter pills. What delighted me was the realization that at its heart, this is a story of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Outside of Lovecraft and Howard, very few of the stories set in that universe are even passable, but this one comports itself ably, taking to heart the notion that an overabundance of data can break the human mind. Which dovetails nicely with the cautionary lesson of conspiracy theory: it seems vast, inexplicable beings of unimaginable power can also be human, and have cults just as Unaussprechlichen.Overall, the series is interesting, unique, informative, humorous, and entertaining. There are moments where it bogs down, but overall, it is well structured and well written. There aren't many books where you get a fun spy story, a harrowing Cthulhu story, and a rundown of the zeitgeist of a part of American history all in one, but there's certainly this one.Unless you're a teenager looking for a counterculture to believe in, its conspiracy mish-mash probably won't be a life-changing revelation, but it might be food for thought. Conspiracy fiction is big business these days with 'The Name of The Rose', 'Foucault's Pendulum' and 'The Da Vinci Code', while the originator of the genre gets comparatively little mention.But this book is not designed to be easy to digest. You are not meant to internalize its message thoughtlessly. It's funny, contradictory, and self-aware, and it's hard for people who take themselves seriously to get caught up in a book that, for the most part, doesn't. I could say this book deserves to be more than a cult classic, but at its heart, this book is a cult classic, and its cultural influence will continue to seep in with or without grander acclaim.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-16 14:50

    Seriously one of the more fun books that I've ever read.For all of its wild leaps in narrative and demanding/esoteric references, this trilogy does an excellent job of using its form to help the reader experience its content.*in Stefon voice* This book has EVERYTHING. Hot cephelopod on computer romance. Underwater Nazi zombies. Paranoid conspiracy. And if you were worried about questioning the objective veracity of your human experience, look no further. The Illuminatus! Triology will effortlessly wend you through the grubby nooks and crannies of your subjectivity. Your life is sure to barf up rainbow upon rainbow of synchronicity if you read this book. But I'll let the authors speak for themselves:"The trouble starts when, out of fear of further movement--out of fear of growth, out of fear of change, out of fear of Death, out of any kind of fear--a person tries to stop the Wheel literally, by stopping everybody else. That's when the two great bum trips begin: Religion and Government. The only religion consistent with the whole Wheel is private and personal; the only government consistent with it is self-government. Whoever tries to lay his trip on others is acting from terror, and will soon resort to terror as a weapon if others won't accept the trip through persuasion. Nobody who understands the whole Wheel will do that, however, for such people understand that every man and every woman and every child is the Self-Begotten One--Jesus motherfucking Christ, in Harry's gorgeous brand of English."

  • Tadas Talaikis
    2019-05-24 13:45

    Last one has some thoughts more real at the end."Hooray, hooray, it's the first of May. Outdoor fucking starts today."All hail Discordia.

  • Jake Berlin
    2019-06-02 17:41

    a pretty satisfying ending to this crazy trilogy. the appendices i could take or leave, personally -- it's possible the books would be better off without them.

  • Christopher Roberts
    2019-05-17 20:42

    This is like Pynchon only better. Also, best conspiracy novel series ever.

  • Anthony Faber
    2019-06-16 17:26

    The slam bang conclusion. More twists and turns. Still funny. The only problam I have with this trilogy is that, when they refer to something encountered earlier, it's too hard to find the earlier reference.

  • Lohmatii
    2019-06-11 17:48

    Ровное продолжение и завершение первых 2х частей. Какого-то грандиозногт финала не вышло. Пожалуй, эта часть даже чуть спокойнее первых. Или я просто привык к манере повествования.

  • Grigory
    2019-05-24 13:33

    By the last part, it seems that authors have lost steam to a certain extent. But a good book though

  • Max Ostrovsky
    2019-06-17 12:41

    What a waste of time. I had said before that ten years ago I really would have enjoyed and "gotten" this book. While that is true, I would not have understood much of what was going on. This book alludes to so much that I've read within the past ten years. These were not casual references, but real analyses of each book's philosophies. Ultimately, this book was a not very clever attempt at a Cthulu Mythos story, only done in the vein of (or attempt rather) Heinlein, Joyce, Lovecraft, Faulkner, and hey, lets just through in every single great writer of the twentieth century. Even Ayn Rand is heavily used; a courtroom scene in this book could be called up for plagerizing Rearden's court speech in "Atlas Shrugged." I'm glad to be rid of this book. I was not enlightened (or illuminated) and everything that was supposedly a big revelation about conspiracies I already knew. Now granted, this book was written thirty years ago, but I was generally hoping for some new information. At the very least, I wanted a good yarn. This it was not. It was pretentious. Over written. Too Flamboyant with its many attempts at doing different styles. Now, I can go back to read the things that I know are good.

  • CV Rick
    2019-05-26 18:35

    Okay, I finished the series and if I had more time I'd fill this entire review with my impressions. Alas, I don't have that much time and so I must be brief. It's a work that most sci-fans ought to read. It's a perspective that has colored the conspiracy genre since the early 70's. Without this book, The Invisibles, Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution would have never been written. And without Grant Morrisons graphic novels, the world would be slightly less colorful.I love the lynchpin aspect of John Dillinger's life. I love how everything seems to revolve around the government's manufactured story of his outlaw ways and eventual staged death. I love how they threw so many disparate conspiracy tropes in a blender and poured out a complete tale. I love how it all boils down to higher intelligences.I also love how it's basically an unconventional love story.

  • Megan Cutler
    2019-06-14 12:47

    While the end of this story was interesting, there wasn't actually all that much story left over for the final installment of this trilogy. Almost half of the book is appendices which promise to offer additional information about the story, but don't really. Most of the the information contained in the appendices is a slog, and not enough of the philosophy there was interesting enough to make it feel worthwhile. Nor does it really offer any insight into the characters, aside from where some of them ended up after the story.If I were to rate the trilogy as a whole, I would say it's a solid 4 stars all the way through; but if I had bought the books individually (I have them all in one volume), or had to wait for this third installment, I would be disappointed by how little story it contained (hence why I've given this installment one less star than the rest).Still an interesting series overall, and this book is significantly more sci-fi than the rest of them.

  • Erik
    2019-06-02 20:25

    An enjoyable conclusion to a far-out trilogy. Unlike anything i have ever read. Theres a lot of content (fiction and non-fiction), here so i know i will be looking to read this again in another 10 years.The end of the plot seemed to throw away alot of the side developments, the individual plots increasing the tension. Normally this would be a bigger deal, but the entire package delivers. I particularly loved how the story ended for Fission Chips, as well as the appendixes. Theres a moment towards the very end where it goes all fourth-wall, and it was laugh out loud funny. I never audibly laugh at anything when reading normally.THe appendixes add a mixture of authors notes, side character conclusions, epilogue, and non-fiction detail. Like the book, its hared to to tell which is which. But that goes with the overall theme of hte book - think for yourself.I dig it.

  • Nathan
    2019-06-17 15:53

    Oh-kaay. So the characters become aware that they're in a book that is being written by their shipboard computer, which has itself entered into a relationship with a 3 billion year old protozoa the size of a small city. Oh, and that's after they've fought off the resurrected Nazi army at the music festival. Weird. Still don't know if I liked it. Guess I'll find out fnord later. Rated MA for sex scenes, nudity, strong drug use and violence. 2.5/5

  • Hanna
    2019-06-02 17:30

    I probably would have given it 3 stars had I read the original and not the translated version of the book. A lot of puns that were (at least I guess so) intended didn't translate to german at all. Also, the book (and the two others of the series) are a bit too crazed out for my taste. At least with this part some of the plot of the first two books is "explained".

  • Malloreon
    2019-05-26 13:40

    Part 3 of the Illuminatus trilogy failed to steer the story back on track. Having started out on such a strong note, this third installment lacks all the imagination, creativity and humour of the first book. Sadly, this book just continued the decline of part 2 leaving the reader eager to just finish the damn book.

  • Tine!
    2019-06-02 19:43

    Six stars for the book-within-a-book, "Never Whistle While You're Pissing"

  • Lasse Gravesen
    2019-05-29 17:43

    It's a conclusion alright, but after the first book this got pretty boring and I completely lost track of the plot and the characters, so not great. Also skipped the appendices.

  • Lordmax
    2019-06-13 15:36

    Che dire... FNORDDa leggere e rileggere in sequanza e al contrario

  • Nathan
    2019-06-09 13:47

    this trilogy is brain-on-wall stuff.

  • Dustin
    2019-05-20 13:55

    The un-thrilling conclusion to a dozen meandering narratives.

  • Dyermaker
    2019-05-20 16:40


  • Chris Pimlott
    2019-06-10 16:49

    A truly strange set of books.

  • Antonis
    2019-05-18 12:31