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Life's Lottery

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  142 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
An adult role-playing novel where the reader can choose different narrative options which can result in very different plot resolutions, highlighting our existential lives, where seemingly small decisions have monumental consequences.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published August 7th 2000 by Pocket Books (first published August 2nd 1999)
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Красимира
Вероятно щях да харесам тази книга много повече, ако нямах толкова големи очаквания в началото. Имам специален интерес към интерактивните романи за възрастни, дори написах такъв, така че се бях подготвила за приятно и забавно четиво.

Всъщност не е чак толкова зле, но за мен има огромен пропуснат потенциал. В стремежа си да развие възможно най-много варианти на живота на главния герой, Ким Нюман е оставил повечето действащи лица повърхностни до степен да не мога да почувствам никой от тях, нито д
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Jim
Feb 12, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
A highly ingenious novel from Kim Newman inspired by the old adventure gamebooks (i.e. Fighting Fantasy/Choose-Your-Own-Adventure). In this tale, which loosely connects with his other novel The Quorum, you take charge of the life of one Keith Marion and take him through a myriad of different lives based on the decisions you make for him.
Aside from becoming a novel that spans different genres depending on the choices you make for Keith, it also manages to make you consider and reflect upon your
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Alex
Apr 07, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it
A wonderfully creative Choose Your Own Adventure Book aimed at a somewhat older audience. Exceptionally creepy and disturbing at times. I actually got pretty creeped out by it for awhile and really set it aside. Some of the outcomes are quite unsettling, and it's a bit too large to do the old "flip ahead and see which one you want" game that I found so workable in the old, classic CYOA books of my childhood. Definitely worth a spin, though, and it definitely accomplishes its goal of emphasizing ...more
Andrew
Apr 22, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
This book is a little different from my usual review books. It’s an adults’ Choose Your Own Adventure book! I really enjoyed reading these as a kid and, of course, spent a good deal of time cheating and remaking choices for a better outcome. Those were mostly sci-fi based and not grounded in reality. For those not familiar with the concept, you’re essentially presented with two options, if you choose option A, turn to section 29 , if you choose option B, turn to section 94 – that kind of thing.

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Antonio Gallo
Tra i tanti libri che mi ritrovo questo l'ho appena ripescato dopo averlo dimenticato dietro ad una fila di altri libri. Non c'è nessuna data o luogo di acquisto, come sono solito fare con ogni nuova entry e non mi è possibile collocarlo nel tempo. Ricordo vagamente di averlo acquistato in un aeroporto durante uno dei tanti viaggi che ho fatto.

"La vita è una lotteria" è un libro interamente nuovo nella sua struttura e concezione: è un romanzo interattivo. L'autore invita il lettore a diventare
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Chantal Patton
Nov 30, 2012 Chantal Patton rated it did not like it
I was really disappointed with this book. I'd been wanting to read it for years, as I always loved the choose-your-own-adventure books as a child, so the notion of a grown-up version just seemed like a brilliant notion.

I started reading it and was enjoying the various choices, flicking through the pages, seeing where the story was taking me, when suddenly the story sped up and I found myself dead. Ok, well I guess I just chose badly - I'll backtrack a bit and try again... more death. How about t
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Beetqueen
Mar 26, 2015 Beetqueen rated it really liked it
I'm glad I make better choices in my real life than I did in this book. I've read through it 7 times so far and have ended up dead (once by my own son) four times. I loved Chose Your Own Adventures as a kid and this book made me nostalgic. Granted, it was much darker than anything I read back in grade school.

Since the main character is a bit older and British, a few of the choices were hard to make. My dad loved "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," but I've never seen it. Still, even without that knowled
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Deb
Sep 26, 2016 Deb rated it it was ok
The writing initially pulled me with the author's sly humor, but I quickly grew bored. I just couldn't get into being such a generic character. It seemed like the author was more interested in the question of free choice vs. pre-determination than actually telling an interesting tale. I have to admit I was also put off tight from the start when she makes the assertion that when you were in your mother's womb you were already making choices whether to flail your arm or not because you were alread ...more
Kim Fraenza
Jan 15, 2015 Kim Fraenza rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book , to a certain extent. It is set up like the old Choose Your Own Adventure books that many of us loved as kids. I did like the first storyline that I read. I made some food choices and it ended well. I felt that we were supposed to go back and try more and after a wile I just got board of doing it. I really didn't care about the characters so when I made bad choices it didn't matter. maybe I'm just being lazy, but I just didn't want to make the choices for this guy.
I really
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Hotspur
Nov 04, 2008 Hotspur rated it really liked it
A charming novel from the author of ANNO DRACULA. Using the unusual premise of a "choose your own adventure" novel, the reader wends his way through the central figure's life, making choice after choice for him. The clever part is how different those paths grow from the same starting place. One of Newman's most unusual and interesting works. Highly recommended.
Heather Shelby
Feb 26, 2016 Heather Shelby rated it did not like it
I really disliked this book. I couldn't even finish it.
Robert
Jul 03, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 'Choose-Your-Own-Adventure' book for adults - very entertaining and Newman helpfully provides a glossary at the end for thick Americans.
Brendan Johnston
Oct 27, 2015 Brendan Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Enormously unsettling but in a very entertaining way. The first book I've ever read that seemed like it was becoming self-aware as I went along. Great fun.
Edward
May 03, 2010 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best and probably biggest Choose Your Own Adventure book ever. I love the ending with the pirates.
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl
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