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Just finished reading this book. I didn't enjoy it as much as the original Dice Man book, which was written in the first person and was much more gripping and thrilling than this one. It was still an enjoyable story, but not really in the same spirit or style as the first book.
I wanted to criticise this book. The story arc was obvious within the first few pages and I expected at that point to dislike the sidestepping of the moral problems surrounding the original Dice Man. Even though that still happened, the book was fun, engaging, so well written that I could turn off the more critical of my faculties and just enjoy a nice adventure.Having enjoyed the premise of Dice Man, this sequel picks up some 20 odd years later with the original protagonist's son as the hero. Larry Rhineheart might be a profit seeking banker archetype but he delivers a narrative that keeps up a great pace and could be read with or without prior knowledge of Dice Man.There are some negatives that might irk others more - Larry's original position as sceptic of diceliving and having been personally impacted by the lack of responsibility that the 60s hippy community fostered is never really followed through. To a great extent, Larry's role is to question the dicelife in a way that ultimately expects the reader to support Rhineheart's concept. The moral issues that are raised early are worn away by the repeated successes that the dice bring and this allows the author to sidestep the key problems.Rhineheart also rages against the excesses of the commercialised world. At the time I am reviewing this book, these excesses have been brought much more sharply into relief. This is a little hard to swallow given that the diceman concept is itself intensely ego-driven. The repeated discussion of relinquishing the ego, the allusions to eastern mysticism and the hippy belief system show that the author has failed to recognise the core weakness of focussing on the self. Rules exist to constrain people's actions in a way intended to limit the harm inflicted on others. Rhineheart does not understand this fundamental of social interaction.The author also continues to struggle with female characters. They were not a strong point in Dice Man and are equally weak here. Still, from a clearly male perspective it is obvious from the outset that Kim is the woman a man wants and not Honoria.Despite all that, I still give this a strong thumbs up. I was entertained throughout and could gloss over the flaws. The author knows how to write engaging excess and definitely appeals to the self-indulgant side of a reader. Larry Rhineheart's character might not always make complete sense but he is endearing to the point that I did genuinely want him to win.After I had gotten into the swing of the book, even the archetypal characters began to be fun. The dice world might be too black and white but a lot of those involved have a great time. That enjoyment is infectious and it is uplifting. I don't agree with the philosophy but I enjoyed it all tremendously.