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"The blending of myster-thriller, SF,
and traditional Hollywood-story elements is hugely successful. Surely the best of the Dagmar Shaw series and one of the author's finest novels."―Booklist
"There are powerful ideas stirring beneath the skin of what to a first approximation resembles a taut technothriller, and it's brilliantly executed." --- Charles Stross on Deep State
"The characters are realistic and absorbing, and the story deeply compelling." --- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on This Is Not a Game
"This Is Not a Game succeeds not only as a suspense novel, but as an incisive portrait of a subculture for whom reality is increasingly contingent, and increasingly mediated." --- Locus
"Williams asks some tough questions about the boundary between games and reality, and shows how in the end, the only thing we can be sure is real is the communities we create, and the games we play together." --- io9.com on This Is Not a Game
"Great shut-out-the-world escapism & a decent crime story in 1 book!"―thebookbag.co.uk onThe Fourth Wall
Walter Jon Williams has been nominated repeatedly for every major SF award, including Hugo and Nebula Award nominations for his novel City on Fire. His most recent books are The Sundering, The Praxis, Destiny's Way, and The Rift. Walter Jon Williams lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife.
I liked this novel in a lot of ways.
The POV character, Sean, rather weird but personable and believable. The secondary characters, too. Read more
I found the book entertaining but not quite the fast-paced page turner I expected. It was a good mix of humor, drama, thriller and crime in an interesting setting of LA's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda Annala
I'm a fan of Walter J Williams. He writes well and the stories have interesting plots. Rather than go with what could have been formulaic follow up to his last novel in the Dagmar... Read morePublished 6 months ago by hamishsteiner
My favorite of the Dagmar Shaw series and for me the most readable of Walter Jon William's work. The pace and action move right along,but it it is the stream of consciousness... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barry Melius
I really enjoyed this book. It gives a good sense for how hollywood is from the PoV of a not-quite-successful actor combined with the usual New World Order stuff from the previous... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joseph Russo
It is the 3rd book starting with "It is not a game" The SF layer is very very thin.
A nice twist to the book is the fact that it is written from the point of view of... Read more
The Fourth Wall by Walter Jon Williams
This may be a perfectly good book but I will never know because I can't read it due to the use of run on word illustrating the... Read more
I have yet to complete this book so I am unable to review this one in the series...though so far it is less than interesting and I will likely not spend the time to finish this one... Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by ggb
I checked The Fourth Wall out of the library. Like many artists, Walter Jon Williams work is not always consistent. Read morePublished on June 24, 2012 by Ian K.