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The Dice Man
The Dice Man
by Luke Rhinehart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Of its time, 23 July 2002
This review is from: The Dice Man (Paperback)
The story of an insane sex-maniac. An interesting piece of its time, being a homage to Nietzschean nihilism and libertine 60s hippiedom.
The characters weren't all that convincing; they weren't fleshed out and seemed quite shallow. Would you have tolerated Rhinehart's behaviour? His sexual antics should have aroused far more antagonism and jealousy. Mind you, as it's told from Rhinehart's point of view, I suppose it's through his skewered mind that we see the world.
Not as philosophically challenging as many of the book's adherents claim - it's nothing on Borges or Phil Dick. Even the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy poses more questions than The Dice Man. But it was quite an exciting read in a kind of pre-Tarantino way.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A libertarian handbook, 10 July 2002
This is perhaps my favourite SF book, even though I'm more a PKD fan. I agree that it is not his most sophisticated work - see Time Enough for Love or Stranger In a Strange Land - but it is in my opinion his most atmospheric and evocative - and gripping. It is a self-conscious parody of the American Revolution with a good deal of anti-UN propaganda thrown in - and why not!? True fire-and-thunder Heinlein militaristic, anarcho-libertarianism.
Be patient with the odd prose style - it'll grow on you.
And the character of the computer, Mike, is very touching.

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