The start was made Lucius Shepard’s “A Diary of American Dreams”. Wardlin Stuart, the narrator of the novel, killed a man in the dispute and came to 10 years in prison. Because it is there, stabbed, he begins to pray. But there are no regular prayers of a minor wishes in poem form. Stuart has his own explanation: He assumes that there is a kind of reprogramming of its self, in that he just puts a small request, memorizing and repeated regularly, he changed his way of dealing with this request and therefore becomes the fulfillment his own. Stuart perfected his technique and when he gets out of prison, he wrote a book about it, which is incredibly successful and makes him the founder of a new religion. Stuart’s success threatens to ruin his life again.
If someone asked me for a single word of description for the book it would be “departed” on the shortlist coming, but I would have difficulty, why I feel the novel as the departed. Sure, we all feel like a fictitious God may transform the world, but that God initially played only a subordinate role. First, we see Stuart’s inner workings. His thoughts are – even now and then perhaps a little too much self-reflecting – every second to understand. We learn not only the style of prayer, we believe that such things could happen. Stuart’s career does not just happen, we learn from reading tours and talk shows, and how his supporters at first slowly, then suddenly increased. Even as the argument with a fundamentalist televangelist arises is completely understandable. As this conflict escalates and the imaginary god appearing more frequently, it is finally really gone, but probably much less than opponents of the “would accept Weird Fiction.”
Shepard poses with the “Guide,” a look at modern America (and to the modern Western world in general). Anyone who has read the role play “Unknown Armies” and gets no real access to the ideas of postmodernism, they should perhaps read the “Manual”. When collapsing the lives of Stuart and he finally says that he never wanted to have it, he is asked: “But you wanted to succeed, right? That is success. “
The “Handbook” is a fascinating and incredibly dense book. Whoever enjoys very modern literature with a philosophical touch, gets an incredibly exciting book, which he can no longer put out his hand. I am sure that all those “who like Unknown Armies” will love this book, although not a magician, archetypes, spirits, or cataclysms, nor even much violence occurring there. I’m going to certainly grow in the near future all by Lucius Shepard, I can get my hands on.