Told in the first person through found writings, interviews and research, the works of Sparkus Gleamer — a “Shapist” — describe the basic concepts of his philosophy and experiments to assist in understanding. As far as a philosophical faction goes, shapism is concerned with shapes and even in transcending one’s own humanity in such a way as to become a shape.
It is, however, unclear just what that means as Gleamer’s writings build upon one another in intricate abstraction. A mentor, “Octogone the Dying (then the world’s longest living shapist),” falls victim to his own humanistic traits by writing poetry: “For all my creativity, I have become a poet. Curse me, then, Sparkus, for I desire to be understood!” Shapes in all forms, after all, are meant to be free of the enslavement that man has forced upon them, including the shapes of words and letters for personal use.
An intellectual, yet humanistic work about a philosophy and the individuals who follow it (and the consequences of doing so), The Practical Guide to Sexual and Spiritual Reformat is a complex little story that manages to combine the totality of a demanding belief system and the repercussions of dedicating oneself to it. (Carrie Q. Contrary)
Litzine, S. Frankson and S. Gleamer, horseofoperation.wordpress.com