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This Is Not a Game by Walter Jon Williams
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Mar 26, 12

bookshelves: science-fiction-fantasy
Read in November, 2009

A very enjoyable thriller, about a producer of alternate reality games who learns to use the social networks that such games rely on to solve her real-world problems - whether the problem is being trapped in a country undergoing financial collapse and social unrest, or solving the murder of a close friend, while avoiding being the next victim. Williams captures the nature of on-line communities very well, showing both the best people (who delight in solving puzzles, or in smoothing over inter-personal conflicts) and the trolls and griefers who wish only to win or cause other people to loss, and also raises questions of how such networks could be harnessed for non-game tasks. I suspect that Williams drew on his own experiences in publishing when describing how Dagmar's writing career was ended by a perception that her books wouldn't sell (due to bad luck with an editor and publisher). I look forward to reading the sequels; Dagmar is a very appealing character.
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