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The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
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Sep 01, 2011

bookshelves: american-fiction
Read in August, 2011

The idea of a dice man is certainly a fascinating concept. It's one with so much potential, which is why it pissed me off that this book really wasn't very good.

Here's what I can say for it. It got some chuckles out of me. There are some very funny lines, and some rather funny scenes, especially towards the beginning, when it was more of a satire.

And then, it becomes hopelessly adolescent. Like Chuck Palahniuk or Tom Robbins, "Luke Rhinehart" can't craft a plot so he plays to the inner teenager. If you're interested in a more grown-up treatment of the "dice-as-literary-device" concept, I suggest Robert Coover's "The Universal Baseball Association, J. Henry Waugh, Proprietor."

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