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Set primarily in New York City, Luminarium follows Fred Puminarium, a former co-CEO of a software company devoted to creating Utopian virtual worlds, as he copes with circumstances beyond his control.

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I won’t reveal what this is about in this review, but this is basically what kept me going. Taking the reader through Fred’s search for meaning as he tries to solve the chaos that is his current life, Shakar maintains the confusions and anxiety of his characters without ever losing the reader.

It’s a very foggy plot. Fred Brounian and his twin brother, George, were once co-CEOs of a burgeoning New York City software company devoted to the creation of utopian virtual worlds. Since this is a l-o-n-g book, there’s really no excuse. If there is something great about this aspect of the novel, then I think I would consider this as an etude in pathos.

This was an interesting novel. Having said that, this is a very imaginative book. Do we really need head-in-the-spirit-clouds Holly who things Reiki will cure her comatose son as well as the chaos she ‘senses’ all around Brooklyn? Fred’s mom is this crazy reiki practitioner. To read my full review, please click here. His beloved twin brother, George, is lying in a coma, dying of cancer.


Fred is a very luinarium guy. These questions of duality and our own frustrated attempts sakar drill down to the core of reality are suggested throughout the narrative. I was hoping to be done with her when she kicked Freddo out. Luminarium by Alex Shakar on Blogcritics.

The romance between was awkwardly cute. The video game company he and his brothers founded has been stolen by a military company that uses its game engine to run extremely realistic training scenarios for its wannabe warriors. Dec 24, Katie rated it liked it. It is a wonder how he made such potentially weighty ideas so entertaining.

The result is a strikingly metaphysical novel that never dematerializes into misty cliches, a book to challenge the mystic and the doubter alike.

You could have edited out a hundred pages snakar this and distilled it to a much better novel.

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He was a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas. American culture has moved far over the past years, but how brilliantly all these old zlex new themes are linked in this strange, lush book. Is that my very own existential enlightenment? Luminarium is one of those books that I kept looking up and saying ‘God this is great.

The relationship between the twin brothers was well illustrated, especially contrasting with older brother Sam. And despite being in a coma, his dying twin brother George has been sending him a series of enigmatic emails—Help Avatara—that mean nothing to him. It seems fitting that Alex Shakar would open his novel, Luminarium, with an invitation.


Hmm, I would be lying if I say yes.

Shakar’s novel Luminarium received acclaim for its “penetrating look at the uneasy intersection of technology and spirituality” [5] Publishers Weekly. And very intellectual probably too smart for me – it lost me at certain points.

There were a few places where Alexx 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. First, how pathetic can the main character be?

Fred, a thirty-something software designer, needs the money. Fred is the most likely suspect. Murphy was having a field trip. Aug 08, Halifax rated it did not like it.

lumminarium He experiences out-of-body episodes, he “merges” with objects and other humans, and the greatest of them all, he gets a series of emails from his comatose brother. Slyly, but reverently, Luminarium leaves no faith source untapped, un-lampooned: Fred and his ‘inner George’ hold some hilarious inner conversations.