Posted in All Book Reviews

Review: Mindslaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Mayhem on the Astral Highway (Part 1 Illustrated) (By Pierre S. Freeman)

Mindslaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum - Mayhem on the Astral Highway (Part 1 Illustrated) Source: Smashwords
Mindslaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Mayhem on the Astral Highway (Part 1 Illustrated)
Source: Smashwords

Length: 31 pages

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Roger Bloomfield lost his childhood dream. He could no longer become the actor he wanted to be. Failing almost every class of the Drama Department in NYU could do that to a person. No longer accepted in the department, Roger forces himself to find a new dream, finally settling on becoming a computer major. Maybe he’d be good at it and become, and create, the next big thing on the internet. But one class into his new life as a student of computers and Roger knows that his dream was a forced one, one that would never feel genuine. So when Rebecca Towne, the beautiful woman in his class with the long, red hair, capturing eyes, and wondrous smile tells him that he would be a natural at astral travel, Roger finds a new, genuine dream. Roger becomes obsessed with the cosmic world, devouring books after books, when Rebecca tells him that she can get his into the organization that can help him realize his dreams. What follows is Roger’s discovery of astral travel, and his discovery about the organization and its wealthy and apparently esteemed leader, the Imperatrax.

My take:

Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Part 1- Mayhem on the Astral Highway Illustrated is the revamped and renewed version of the book with the same name by Pierre S. Freeman. And the new one is definitely more interesting and appealing than its predecessor.

The first thing that it has going for it is its lack of typos and grammatical and spelling errors, something that had really hindered the flow of the earlier version. The second thing that really adds a nice touch are the illustrations. They add a bit of color to the story, making the entire book even more enjoyable. Plus, it isn’t that there is an illustration on every other page and their limited number makes them quite perfect.

As far as the story goes, it is a wonderful mix of drama, comedy, and reality. What I really like about Freeman’s work is his understanding of human nature. The way he depicts Roger’s life and need to find a dream that is genuine, resounds with reality. You can almost imagine someone you know going through the same thing. Then there’s the fact that he masterfully ridicules the practices of so many cults that pass off as cosmic and parapsychologic organizations. Freeman gives you an insight into the almost ridiculous manner in which the leaders of these organizations make people believe that their wealth and the adorationbestowed upon them is justified and even deserved. And yet, the satire does not take away the seriousness and reality of the situation.

While still being entertaining, Freeman manages to bring forth many concerns and issues that affect people who get sucked into such cults and the families of these people. He also gives you a practical look at these concerns, in effect, making you really think twice before considering getting into the midst of such groups or people who try to advocate such ideas.

On the satirical side, Freeman truly delivers. The book is quirky and while the beginning may seem a bit rocky, it develops into a story that can keep you gripped. That is a good thing too since this is only Part 1 and it ends with you wondering just what is going to happen in Part 2. Needless to say, I’m going to read Part 2 when it comes out for sure!

Although it has a really long name, the book itself is quite short, making it an ideal read if you’re looking for something witty and quick. Great to carry along on short journeys, this book can be enjoyed by people who have an interest in parapsychology, people who have an interest in the occult, and people who simply want a quick, fun read. That’s how I discovered this book which, in spite of not really following Freeman’s work earlier, I really enjoyed. And right now, Smashwords is offering this book for free!

– Rishika

Posted in All Book Reviews

Review: Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum (By Pierre S. Freeman)

Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum Source: Goodreads
Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum
Source: Goodreads

Length: 31 pages

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Michael Bloomfield got kicked out of his University’s drama department, owing to the fact that he has stage fright, cannot act, and basically failed most of his classes. With his dream of so many years gone in the blink of an eye, Michael is left to find a new dream, one that calls to him just as passionately. That is when he meets Rebecca Towne – at least, that is the name she confided to him. Rebecca shows Michael his new dream – the quest to travel the Astral Highway on a galactic journey of the soul and unlike any other. But the highly selective group that she takes him to seems more like a cult, led by the mysterious John Proctor. So what does this group truly do? And now that Michael is smack dab in the middle of it, why does he feel like there’s no way out?

My take:

To begin with, let me tell you that the full name of this book is Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum – Part 1 – Mayhem on the Astral Highway. As indicated by the title, this 30 page read is the first in the series and ends on quite the cliff hanger. So will I read the next part? Most probably, yes!

Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum is a satirical take on a serious issue – that of cults. What I really liked about the book was that it was based heavily in reality. It depicted how these bodies work, how people need direction, and how they can be influenced into finding this direction and even believing that it is the right one for them.

Michael Bloomfield is a character that you like, feel bad for, and occasionally want to whack – all rolled into one. He’s as real as a University student can be. His strengths, weaknesses, dreams, and aspirations, all make it very easy for the reader to associate with him. As the story progresses, you can understand why he makes the decisions he makes, even as you wish that he’d do different. The one thing that really strikes you about him though, is his need for a dream. The desperation that drives someone who has just lost a years long dream to find a new one, to find some place to belong, comes across beautifully and gives you a glimpse into how the recruitment into cults happen and why.

Another interesting aspect of the story is how Freeman touches on all those aspects of leaders of so-called cosmic groups that are highly criticized and offers justification for them – justification that you could actually see them providing. This gives readers more opportunity to associate with what is happening since they’ve mostly already see it happen in real life.

But, in spite of all its good points, the story had some bad ones too. The first was the number of typos and inconsistent formatting. The errors are not too many, but not too few to be ignored either, and tend to jump out at you. While that doesn’t affect the story in any way, it did affect the reading – making it a little difficult to enjoy the book. Another, more prominent problem, was the lack of depth in concept. Not everyone who reads this book will have previous knowledge about cosmic travel and other such parapsychological elements. I understand that this is a short story and can’t exactly delve into detailed explanation; but not sufficiently explaining the very concept that the book is based on can pose a problem. As the story progresses, it can get confusing to those who do not understand the concept. Little more depth into the explanation could go a long way in allowing readers to associate with the story and the characters on a deeper, and more memorable level.

All in all, Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum is a quick, witty, funny, and oddly realistic story which is a good read. It is short and can be completed in an hour, making it a light, quick read and an apt choice as a travel companion. It is ideal for people who like dark humor or satires, and even for those who like to read anything and everything on cults and parapsychology. And if you haven’t read satires before, Mind Slaves of the Rosikrucian Collectorum is great as a first one.

– Rishika