The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
Published December 10, 2004
- Author Luke Rhinehart
An eye-catching premise about a psychiatrist who gets increasingly bored with his life and so decides to leave it all up to the hands of Chance. He gets to place the options, the dice get to pick the outcome. Obviously, his world starts to shred and tatter, but not necessarily always in a bad way.
The interesting thing about this book is that I can’t relate to any of the characters, I don’t feel any sympathy or empathy or anything remotely connected to them. And I think that’s why I found it a struggle to read.
It’s a bizarre mixture of first person, third person, dialogue and just narrative, diary style and letters from “fans” of the dice life. It keeps you interested and the short chapters make you want to keep turning the pages.
I thought it was going to be really good but in the end, I was left feeling confused, disappointed and not really any better off. I think the idea is brilliant, but it doesn’t come off well in this way.