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The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
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Sep 05, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 2009, murders-and-misdeeds, up-its-own-arse
Recommended to Lisa by: David

Hmmm, I'm really not sure about this one.

What started off as rather interesting and highly amusing got rather flabby around the midsection, and the novelty of Luke's random adventures as Dice Man soon started to wear off. The numerous (and sometimes seemingly endless) discussions surrounding the psychiatry of the dice and it's use as a therapeutic tool also grew rather tiresome and by the end, although intermittently entertained, I was rather relieved to have finished it.

It didn't help that the random nature of the choices made by dice meant that no one character had any traits or behaviours that remained for longer than a couple of pages, or a chapter at best(other than Luke's propensity for pomposity), and I couldn't really see the value being trumpeted by Luke and his dice-students.

There was also a rather confusing sub-plot revolving around a teenage boy with something of a messiah complex that we never really get to the bottom of, or resolved satisfactorily.

All in all, like the choices made by the throw of the dice, this book turned out to be extremely random and messy, and ultimately unfulfilling.
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Teresa I forgot I read this book!!
Seem to remember it being quite enjoyable!!

Lisa Certainly is so far, will let ya know when I finish it...

Jeff I appreciate your review because it described my experience reading "Dice Man" exactly.

Lisa Good to know I'm not alone Jeff!

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