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Life's Lottery

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  23 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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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
Chantal Patton
Nov 30, 2012 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
Sep 26, 2016 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
Feb 12, 2013 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
Apr 07, 2009 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
Luke Stacks
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cyoa
As someone who has read a lot of these books, this is... pretty weird, but in a good way. It's a choose your own adventure, but one that focuses more on the mundanity of life. It really takes full advantage of the choice-based nature of these books to explore what essentially comes down to a deterministic world view, where early choices in your childhood have a profound effect on future options. There's a lot of melodramatic scenarios that are fun to work through in all their permutations--and m ...more
Steve Berger
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars means 'it was ok' and yes, that's about it. Go through the life of Keith, and make 'choices' and then read in horror as your life falls apart in a mixture of ways. Most of the paths lead to a pretty shitty existence, and the few that don't are often brief.

There are some very branching stories in here, all from some seemingly very minor decisions, and I felt that the author was trying to make this point. Where it didn't work for me is that you'd make a small choice, and then the next sect
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Life's Lottery is a choose-your-own adventure story revolving around a man name Keith, whose lot in life you will take on in the story. Keith is a rather boring individual born in the 1950s in Britain and seems to live a bullied life in the shadows of his siblings. This book asks you to make choices on how miserable Keith's life will become before you're sent back to the beginning. I have a feeling if I kept up with it any longer, it would have become a one star.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of choose your own story element, as I loved reading those types of books as a child; and so that is the only reason I picked to read it. Also because it was one of the challenges for the Popsugar reading challenge.

But this book was really slow, boring and I just didn't enjoy it. I wish I hadn't read it - as it has been a waste of my morning!
Valeria G.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
It was alright but a bit long, I don't think I finished all the story lines (I would probably estimate around 60%). I put it down when the novelty of choose your own adventure wore off. I just wanted to read something else and get invested fully in a story instead of snippets.
Apr 22, 2014 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.

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
Mar 26, 2015 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
Vanessa Santos
This had a really unique premise - a choose-your-own-adventure style novel but for adults, with a deeper and more involved story. I was really excited to read this one and see what it did, how it played with the reader. Unfortunately, the execution was really poor.

The main character, whose actions you decide, is mostly a shitty, lackluster person. Whether the decision was good or bad (and usually even the good ones lead to a dissatisfied life) he remained someone I’d like to punch in the face. T
Kim Fraenza
Jan 15, 2015 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
Nov 04, 2008 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 rated it did not like it
I really disliked this book. I couldn't even finish it.
Jul 03, 2014 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.
B. Johnston
Oct 27, 2015 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.
May 03, 2010 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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