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Unfortunately, the options that Rhi Thank goodness that’s over. You might feel like the events in these duds simply felt like a bunch of stuff happening with little meaning or motivation behind it all. You were set rihnehart by a friend you usually trust, who convinced you this dude was super cool. It was even her birthday that day and by way of gifts, her many friends had gifted her with set upon set of rare and unusual dice.

He has three children. Joanie Danger rated it it was amazing Dec 03, For some reason in this novel the endless pages of description completely took it out of me.

I wonder how different my reading of this might have been if I’d read it in social context when it came out in the same year as the Stanford Prison Experiment, as it so happens. Although he never went to the extents that his fictional doppelganger does I hope he actually uses dice rhinehatt make life decisions, and did have a band of hippie followers in the 70s.

I suspect author Rhinehart is trying to emulate the ulke life but it mainly just becomes annoying. The Dice Man is a good book of ideas. Cockcroft began experimenting with dice a long time before writing The Dice Manbut this made progress on the novel rather slow. A young, arrogant, sexist kind of a bloke at that!


I made a Christmas present of it to myself. My eyes darted to her ears where the sides of a mutilated die punched holes and mutilated her in turn. Aug 27, Liz rated it did not like it Shelves: The cult classic that can still change your lukd They all have their moments but he is always at the centre.

The book was written in the Seventies, which doesn’t fully explain the phenomenal amounts of misogyny that pepper the plot. Even in Luke Rhinehart’s sequel, The Search for the Dice Manhe seemed to have lost the knack for controlled ulke.

The Book of the Die by Luke Rhinehart

I liked the elements of psychology and the debates about the nature of free will, personalities and the perimeters of society. In his eyes the dice will liberate mankind And though in itself this is quite an interesting find, The book is just too long and has too much sex for my taste I would have preferred it shorter and a bit more chaste.

Some of the options range from simple choices to killing his son. He is a complete and total slave to the dice, but a very charismatic slave zxr that. Once I started reading I discovered that my friends’ explanation of this book made more sense and appealed more than the book itself does. Give up everything, including the desire to be saved. So bad in fact that the prominence it is always given in bookstores – because they know people will buy it based on the concept alone – irks me as I enter them.

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The Book of the Die

Sexual liberation was a big thing in the pre-AIDS days yet the author’s sex scenes are for the most part, dull which equates it with the other big potboiler-disquised-as-wisdom book of the era, The Harrad Experiment. Sure, you can have some exciting set pieces and stick them together with a bit of chewing gum and duct tape, but it takes a lot of talent to maintain a sense of momentum from one happening to the next.


It felt to me like running down a rocky mountain, completely exhilarated that even though I might trip and fall at any moment, my foot sprang from one step to the next and always found steady ground.

Nevermind this square life where you don’t rape your neighbours – this dude’s living free! Its timeline jumps all over the place. Many of the arguments surrounding the use of the dice were rhinehartt just flawed but at points frankly terrifying, and it made it hard to want to continue reading. And that’s not even including the author himself. Two months ago I hauled it back with me to New York from California, and I finally got around to starting it last week. Subsequently he received a PhD in psychology, also from Columbia.

I am pretty sure 37v2 has used this method of decision-making for years, whereas others posit 40v2 and chaos theory. There’s a legend that the author adopted a bit of The Dice Man’s lifestyle when plotting the novel.

I would say he’s just telling you that, if you embrace the idea that your existence is a combination of both planning and random chance, you could enjoy it more. Being especially kind to his wife. The 60s and 70s was a time of upheaval for psychotherapy.