I was really excited to plunge back into the world of Dagmar. My dream job would be running ARG's. I have run a few for local businesses but nothing lI was really excited to plunge back into the world of Dagmar. My dream job would be running ARG's. I have run a few for local businesses but nothing like what this series has done. I like the story telling, the discovery and gameplay.
That being said, the Fourth Wall is not a Dagmar centric novel. This threw me off for a few chapters. It took a shift in reading to come to realize it was a different story. Over all it is a great stand alone story. All the elements of William's last few.
I started to like the exposition of two points of view. One the washed up actor, the other Dagmar's crew. I could feel how the ARG's might draw people in. Saw not the broad scope as previous novels, but a more narrow and defined course of action.
The main character is flawed and really never comes to grips with the underlying issue. I like this type of anti-hero. I o hope we see more of Dagmar in books to come. A strong character with an interesting plot mechanism.
Final words of wisdom, not as strong as the previous books. Still strong and a good read....more
Walter Jon williams is the cure for the sci-fi complexity that sometimes plagues the genre. Don't get me wrong I like the pure science writing as muchWalter Jon williams is the cure for the sci-fi complexity that sometimes plagues the genre. Don't get me wrong I like the pure science writing as much as anyone, but sometimes I want a good mix of science and action. Here we have that great mix.
This is the second novel in the Dagmar series. With what Dagmar went through in the last book I wondered how much more the author could throw at a person with out breaking. This is the crux of the whole story. Dagmar dealing with issues from the last novel and her current situation.This time instead of being swept up in a ARG that touches the real world, but is not about the real world. Now the ARG drives the real world events in a Bond like plot line.
For me Walter Jon Williams has always been able to breach that world between technology and humanistic story lines that stay fresh even as time passes. This is an interesting concept and something I personally find fun to read about. How can something in the fantasy world of Games effect the real world and ultimately be used to affect change. ...more