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.
If you choose the right possibilities you may live a long happy life, or be immensely rich, or powerful, or win the lottery. If you make other choices you may become a murderer, die young, make every mistake possible, or make no impression on life at all. The choice is yours.
And by making the choices you do, you will change forever the lives of your family, your friends, your enemies, and your lovers. You can even change the fate of the world; all you have to do is pick one
LIFES LOTTERY is an interactive fiction, you the reader are Keith Marion, the decisions you make will affect everything or nothing, but you wont know until you choose. You can read LIFES LOTTERY like you live your own life, or make more interesting, more dangerous choices and if it doesnt work out you can always start all over again and see what life has in store for you this time.
Every reader will create their own version of LIFES LOTTERY all you have to do is choose open the book or leave it closed?
PRAISE FOR KIM NEWMAN AND LIFES LOTTERY: -
As rich and as revealing as you care to make it - Time Out
Unsettling but always gripping like nothing you have ever read - The Times Metro
Strong characterisation and effective plot devices make for an intriguing read - Arcade Magazine
It means that this isn't really a book to dip into occasionally while on the loo - you'd be missing out on so much that way. After a few reads through to different endings you come to the conclusion that you need to follow through every possible thread, however sad that sounds.
It also makes me wonder how well I know my friends. I've only seen them live the one life in this universe. I haven't seen what they would make of their lives had things turned out differently.
How many novels start with a contemplation of choice & chance on the first page, and potentially kill you twice on the second? Not enough, because it's gripping stuff. It may start strongly, but, amazingly, it improves as the story(s) develop and the genres shift widely.
The density of plot lines means that absorbing the full picture will take several weeks (unless it keeps you up all night every night as it did me).
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