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The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
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Aug 19, 2010

it was ok
Read in July, 2010

The organizing idea is ingenious but that's where the virtues end. The writing is trite and self-conscious, too aware of the dice life to genuinely offer it as a means that will quote 'change the reader's life'. In particular, one witnesses the protagonist engage in highly immoral action (spoiler spoiler), but without so much as a tickle of conscience. Does this mean he was already frozen up inside? Already immoral? Apathatic? This is the most likely explanation. One expects genuine guilt as a first reaction. It is a process, after all, of getting back to what is most childlike, of childlike desires and games, with no clear end at all in sight.

One final vice is that the book is too long. It becomes repetitive - how far can the dice push us? As far as we want...as should be obvious.

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