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The Fourth Wall (Dagmar Shaw) Paperback – February 13, 2012
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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
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"Great shut-out-the-world escapism & a decent crime story in 1 book!"―thebookbag.co.uk onThe Fourth Wall
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The protagonist of the Forth Wall is a former child star who is doing an almost passable job at returning his career from the land of third world syndication. Parts of the book are about him dealing with his drinking and substance issues (This is not done in a heavy handed way). Some of the book is about him dealing with the way his parents exploited him as a kid. Most of the book covers people around him being murdered and his attempting to make sure he is not next.
Perhaps, what I like best about this book (and the writing of the author) is that he does not hand you the big ideas. The words, "Fourth Wall" do not appear anywhere between the covers. The author assumes you know what the forth wall is. If you do not, he assumes you will look it up. When thinking about the title, after reading the book, it puts the story in a different perspective. (Thank you for not assuming your readers are a bunch of morons.)
I do not wish to give too much of the book away. I will say, it is very funny in places, with some of the best developed characters Williams has created to date. This book gets five of five.
Then word was received that the Turks were coming to take the station and they had to leave. They hastily packed their luggage and equipment into a VW and drove down the winding road to the highway. They turned left toward Sirnak. Later they learned that the gizmo was not in the car.
GBI had a contract to publicize the latest James Bond movie shot in Turkey. Dagmar and her crew had designed a large scale alternate reality game that took place in Turkey. Unfortunately, a military junta had taken over the country since the movie was filmed.
Dagmar had a fear of military juntas since the episodes in Jakarta. She even turned her bed at an angle to remind her that she wasn't in Indonesia. She doubted that she could stand more such experiences.
Dagmar hired a new crew, including several Turks. They advertised a Mystery Tour and hundreds of people joined the giant cavalcade. Many of the gamers were Turks newly introduced to ARGs.
In this novel, Sean Makin is twenty-nine year old actor. He has pedomorphois, giving him a big head and large eyes. He was a cute kid and became a child star, but his career peaked at thirteen and has since tanked.Read more ›
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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 14 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 16 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 18 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 on May 18, 2014 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.