A Story of Awakening

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
486 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2014
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Author Biography

A longtime researcher of shamanism and spirituality, Sol Luckman is an iconoclastic psychonaut devoted to exploring and exposing the truth about human history and potential—wherever that might lead.

His new novel, CALI THE DESTROYER—Winner of the 2022 National Indie Excellence Award for Visionary Fiction, Silver Medalist for Visionary Fiction in the 2022 Readers’ Favorite Awards and Finalist in both the New Age and Visionary Fiction categories of the 2021 International Book Awards—is a page-turner of a sci-fi tale set in an Orwellian future seeded in the dystopian present that radically rewrites Gnosticism as well as the origins of the earth and humanity.

His previous novel, the multi-award-winning SNOOZE: A STORY OF AWAKENING, was a deep dive into Hindu mysticism, lucid dreaming, parallel universes, and cryptozoology described by INDIE SHAMAN Magazine as “superlative fiction.”

In his two international bestselling nonfiction books on the “revolutionary healing science” (NEXUS Magazine) of his unique form of sound healing, Regenetics, Luckman examined the critical role played by DNA and consciousness in healing, transformation, and evolution.

Luckman is also an acclaimed humorist. Of his multi-award-winning satirical lexicon, THE ANGEL’S DICTIONARY, Readers’ Favorite remarked that he “picked up where writers like Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce had left off.”

MUSINGS FROM A SMALL ISLAND combines fascinating memoir, hilarious comedy and inspirational philosophy in a stunningly self-illustrated coffee table book any Lowcountry lover or contemporary art aficionado would be proud to display.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Snooze by Sol Luckman is an unusual story that combines a vivid fictional alter world with real-life drama and captivating science. Follow a young Max, nicknamed “Snooze” in Part 1 into his special dreamland where flying is king and he can escape life’s pressures. His precocious friend Tuesday helps him be a nonconformist in school, while he explores an adventurous world of metaphysics. The inciting incident occurs when his well-respected father goes missing in a work-related accident. In Part 2, Max is in college years, later circumventing the usual foray of fake IDs, bros and a quarrel with Tuesday. A weird scientist tests his psychic abilities as the Universe unfolds. Part 3 is where the real adventure starts in the alternate world with danger, reverse actions, a Sasquatch and time-space between realities. Part 4 is about the Great Spirit, pseudo-science and completing his mission in an emotional journey that culminates in triumph.

Luckman’s dazzling abilities as a novelist abound with lyrical prose well written in third person. Although this book chronicles a boy’s transition into manhood, I would not consider it young adult. The provocative subject matter of science and spirituality is very mature. This magical tale is entertaining and fun, yet it offers heavy moral themes and the synchronicity of the conscious/subconscious. Learning to let go and believe in the fantastical is easy to do in Sol Luckman’s Snooze. If you enjoy colorful characters, a fast-paced plot and stories that tug at your heart, this novel in eighty-four chapters is anything but a yawn.

Ingrid Hall

“SNOOZE is without doubt one of the best coming-of-age, awakening books that I have ever read, and it had me entranced from the beginning to the end. Unlike a lot of books in the YA genre, which while perfectly enjoyable, are nonetheless superficial, SNOOZE takes the reader on a magical mystery tour of astral projection, lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, levitation, telepathy … the list goes on, and all of this is interwoven with themes of bullying, isolation, grief, friendship and characters ... you cannot fail to love ... It would be impossible to do justice to this wonderful book in just one review ... [S]uffice to say that I highly recommend it and love the notion that the Loch Ness Monster might really exist.” —Ingrid Hall, Author & Freelance Editor

Liliana Cartagena

“A literary treasure. Mr. Luckman has blessed us with an absolutely enlightening, heartwarming story filled with inspiration, adventure, and love. I believe most readers will readily relate to or identify with Max or some of his experiences. SNOOZE is a beautiful and fascinating depiction of the awakening process that will touch your heart. Enjoy Mr. Luckman’s precious gift!” —Liliana Cartagena

Jennifer Churchill

“This is a book that, when many people read it, will be instrumental in the world being a better place to live. This I feel strongly about. I’ve read all the books Sol Luckman has published and of the fictions, this one is my favorite. I want to share this story with everyone I know young and old. Great for a book club because there is so much to talk about. Refreshing, here is a story whose characters come to recognize and understand their own unique personal gifts that may seem ‘out there’ to people not yet awake. The journey of adventure here is much more than I expected and very unique in that I can feel myself awaken as I read it. I have been hungry for a book like this and feel my own questions about what I am experiencing during this mass awakening are shared and answered. This story took me on a ride like no other. I am visibly changed, moved and in awe of human potential and what’s to come.” —Jennifer Churchill

Kristina Barker

“SNOOZE was no snooze! I was up until 4 a.m. reading this book ... no snoozing for me! Traveling along with Snooze/Maxwell was a wonderful adventure in the supernatural realm, as well as in the ‘real’ world. The continuous connections throughout the story and in his young adult life allowed me to go back in ‘time/space’ (or is it space/time?) to experience their moment of conception, drawing me further into the story. I was happy to see that this novel was more than a young adult book, as older adults will love it too (I am 48 years old). There are layers to this story, allowing each reader to enjoy the same story but take away a different meaning. Sol Luckman’s memorable characters are wise and witty, filled with compassion and ready to change the world. I want to know what happens next! Sequel?” —Kristina Barker

Dr. Janet Graham

“In 1900 the popular scientific conceit was that ‘There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.’ This remark, often attributed to the honorable Lord Kelvin, past President of the Royal Society, the very heart of scientific progress, firmly defined the settled science of the day as limited to the materialistic worldview of Newtonian physics. If it’s not matter, it doesn’t matter. Within 5 years, Albert Einstein published foundational research on quantum mechanics. Just like that, ENERGY burst onto the world of physics. Wouldn’t you think that by now, with over 100 years of research, exploration, and discoveries, we—not just the frontier scientists among us but as a culture—would have moved beyond wizards and wands and into an understanding of connections of space/time and time/space? Once again, it falls to the artist to move us toward enlightenment. Author, artist and researcher Sol Luckman chose that challenge in writing SNOOZE, a search-and-rescue adventure tale that is not only based on possibilities of pure science but is packed with practical applications of alternative health choices and wisdom. Such a book could easily be dull and pedantic, better suited to a presentation of information in outline form with bullet points. But Luckman’s engaging characters, especially the three students Max, Tuesday and Raul (and their counterparts), are vividly alive while dealing with heartbreak, family, danger, courage, loyalty, love and awakening. Each one is growing, learning and sharing in a story-driven heroic quest. And, yes, there are villains. There are mammoths and yetis and ancient civilizations. And ideas! Oh so many ideas. This is a good read. One to share across generations, across space and time—or time and space.” —Dr. Janet Graham

Peter M. Johnston

“If you have any interest in lucid dreaming, astral travel, or paranormal phenomena, you’ll love reading this book. It’s very well written, and grabs you so much that it’s hard to put down, not just for the action and adventure, but for the questions it raises about some things labelled ‘so far unexplained.’ The story centers on Max as he comes of age at college and university, taking advantage of his gift of lucid dreaming and astral projection to propel him into a quest which also becomes an initiation into a path to enlightenment. There’s pain and loss, but also love, laughter and tears, as he meets amazing people and prehistoric creatures in a parallel world which is seemingly thousands of years behind ours but so advanced in some ways. You don’t need to be young to enjoy this story, just ‘young at heart.’” —Peter M. Johnston

Nancy Crom

“I loved this book! It was so interesting that I could hardly put it down! It combined all of my interests, as well as showing the beauty of a Native American path, in which we know that we are all in this together, that everything has consciousness, and that we humans need to find better ways to live or we will destroy our home planet. I would recommend SNOOZE to anyone who enjoys fantasy, science fiction, spirituality, or Native American studies, as it combines all four of these aspects.” —Nancy Crom

Sandy Sturner

“Utterly engrossing! This is truly a riveting ‘becoming awake’ adventure. With an undercurrent of Max’s acceptance of who he is, this wonderfully spun tale touches so many topics that benefit us all to have in our consciousnesses. While the story is presented as fiction, there is so much to learn here. Google was my constant companion as I read, discovering so many ideas new to me, presented in this story, that actually have their basis in this reality, as well as learning of intriguing people I’d never heard of before. Discussing this book will be an easy way to begin conversations on many interesting topics that otherwise might be difficult to initiate. Presented as a ‘coming of age’ story; this book is more than sophisticated enough (not to mention well written) to keep even the most discerning ‘adult’ reader highly engaged.” —Sandy Sturner

Tracey Lampley

“Sol Luckman’s SNOOZE was exciting and interesting. Vivid characters populate the novel as well as a fast-paced plot. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. I rate this book a five-star read.” —Tracey Lampley, Book Mistress Blog


“Heartwarming, satisfying and highly enjoyable read. I am a big fan of Sol Luckman’s work ... SNOOZE reveals a new facet of Luckman’s genius and completely exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed the characters, the plot, the conclusion and all of the ‘radical’ ideas thrown in. It was pure fun sprinkled with inspiration to see references to urban permaculture gardens growing exotic things like white cabbages (for healing poultices), pineal detoxification, vortices, spirit animals, non-petroleum based energy, the ‘good’ side of shamanistic coming-of-age rituals and of course the gentle, possession-shunning ‘bigfoots.’ The thing that stuck with me the most was the simple phrase ‘I see myself in you,’ a simple greeting between old friends and new acquaintances accompanied by meaningful eye contact and each person placing a hand on each others shoulder. If everyone would adopt this mentality, the world would be a completely different place. A much better one. Please read and share.” —Cpt2020

Trisha Ann

“The description in [SNOOZE] was astounding ... so incredibly detailed you could really very easily picture everything and it was perfect ... [T]he author took the reader on a journey with the main character ... The story included a lot of today’s issues and presented an outlook on things that we ... don’t understand, such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster ... This was the first novel I had ever read by Sol Luckman but I will certainly be reading more of his work now. I would recommend this to all readers as the story truly holds a lot. It was deep, it was humorous and it left nothing to be desired.” —Trisha Ann for

Merry Hall

“SNOOZE is a book for readers ready to awaken from our mass cultural illusion before we self-destruct. SNOOZE calls out for readers open to the challenging adventure of opening their minds. It illustrates, in intriguing story form, the possibilities that imagination, dreams, visions, paranormal experiences, respectful relationship to nature, and non-linear thinking may hold the keys to resolving the ecological, economic, social, and political deadlocks we are currently experiencing. If you love a not-so-classic tale of Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey,’ travel along with Max on his very adventurous flight into parts of reality we seldom dare to explore. You will be richly rewarded with hidden treasures that could awaken you to the hero and the mission buried within you. You may, incidentally, also discover a new and paradoxical relationship between science and fiction—normally considered incompatible routes in the quest for truth.” —Merry Hall, Co-Host of ENVISION THIS