I had trouble putting it down. Caught between the dangerous worlds of the Russian Mafia and international finance, Dagmar must draw on all her resources -- not least millions of online gamers-- to track down the killer. The recent hype around comes to mind, for example. There is a rather sharp and jarring break between the first section which is set in a revolution-disrupted Jakarta and the rest of the story which is set in Los Angeles, but that's tempered somewhat by the constant reminders that reality may be what we perceive rather than what we believe we know. Ths killer of it is, I like it enough to buy it now.
This is not my favorite genre. Although I had seen his name before mainly on Amazon reading recommendations , I had never read anything from this author before. It's immersive and massively interactive, and it's spreading through the Internet at the speed of light. I just got tired of the interplay, the changing places interspersed with the Email posts and so on. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. While attending Caltech, the protagonist, Dagmar Shaw, makes three friends with whom she plays table-top role playing games. The description of this book looks like a different take on the same or eerily familiar universe as Stross's Halting State.
I can totally see the self replicating software happening at some point in the future if it hasn't happened already on a smaller scale. Collectively controlled by a puppet master, participants of games that routinely blur the line between fact and fiction are caught up in a complex web of mystery and intrigue as they seek the killer of Big Game Ideas founding member, Charlie. You could be called at any momentand you'd better be ready. But when one of them is gunned down in a parking lot, the survivors become players in a very different kind of game. Watching someone pretending to care about someone else while plotting to kill them is chilling! I guess you could say this novel is well timed. The spine may show signs of wear. I read this book in three or four days I also had a lot of spare time on my hands so I can't give all the credit to Williams.
I found I empathized with the characters motivation by then end. Likewise, Implied Spaces grappled with the same ideas behind Stross's Glassho one star for a book that I started and did not finish. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. With the danger and threats of the real world closing in around her and her survival in question Dagnar has reached o By page 60 I knew that my interest, which had waned earlier, wasn't coming back. But I figured Walter Jon Williams would put a new twist on the cyber thriller. But I'm dubious about computers or international finance working quite as Williams describes it, and the characters were flat. But not weeks, days, or even minutes back.
And, as Dagmar digs deeper to solve this mystery, other countries come under attack, just like Jakarta. You turn the pages of the book not just to get answers, but to get the questions, also. But it's all more than a bit tongue in cheek. The currency is under attack and a revolution is underway. A sympathetic female lead character and a cast of techies to help her come to terms with what her boss has done and what her old friend has become. In this near-future thriller, Walter Jon Williams weaves a pulse-pounding tale of intrigue, murder, and games where you don't get an extra life.
This coherent central theme is developed throughout the book; while there are plenty of dramatic face-to-face encounters, and individuals do heroic things, over and over it is collective action—mediated and amplified by ubiquitous online communication—that consistently gets results. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others. With the danger and threats of the real world closing in around her and her survival in question Dagnar has reached out to the gaming community. But instead of being a powerful hive mind force, these players are just used as tools, and do little of consequence. This is not a complaint.
I flew through this book. It started off kind of slow and odd, with the main character in a 3rd world country that was collapsing. And a lot of them are apparently idiots. Of course there are differences. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. I could see some resemblance to myself in those characters.
Otherwise, this was a great read - a bit prophetic and scary - but thoroughly entertaining. Despite that strange disconnect between authors, I will be reading Dagmar 2. The resolution of this didn't surprise me in anyway it was pretty well telegraphed from early in the book , but I did find it satisfying how nicely everything came together - and how much Dagmar grew as a person over the course of the book. The book has a ten-year-old copyright, and it's closer now to reality than I imagine even the author could have imagined. On the other hand, I didn't like it so I don't plan on reading Dagmar 2. I didn't hate it and there are books I've disliked a lot more so I gave it 2 instead of 1. But I have to say, I enjoyed it.
The military has closed off the capital and riots soon break out. The thing I liked about this story most is that it blurred the lines between fantasy and reality. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. In short, I thought This Is Not a Game was a very en. And that niggling feeling bugged me for the entire book. And there's just something thoroughly enjoyable about a plot involving what happens when gold-farming goes so wrong.
This is a fun, fast and high-octane novel. Her boss is a multimillionaire and he's determined to get Dagmar out of the country and back to safety, where she can start writing the next big game. I wrote this one in February 2009. Why do so many people pass out 5 star reviews? Williams does this smoothly, credibly, and with a great deal of suspense. Williams has created a rather though and resourceful heroine, and the other characters are a little more one-dimensional, but that might be because you get to know the heroine very good in the first part.