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This Is Not a Game by Walter Jon Williams
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Aug 16, 2010

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bookshelves: e-books, science-fiction
Read from August 16 to September 03, 2010

The first third of this book seemed like it may have been a novelette published in an SF magazine, and then re-purposed as the jumping-off point for this novel. That isn't a huge complaint; just an observation that this book seems to have two very definite "acts". The latter "act" is the more compelling because the plot is more twisty and devious: this is a tech-based intrigue story in which our heroine is trying to solve murders, save the world economy, run a huge real-time-based game, and avoid getting killed herself. The main characters are all well-rounded and believable; the plot is credible (even with that synopsis I just gave). I will be reading the sequel. (Don't let my 3-star rating put you off this book. I'm just grading harshly, lately.)

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