Somewhat like William Gibson with his Blue Ant series Walter Jon Williams recently began exploring more contemporary environments with his ongoing Dagmar Shaw series. Unlike Gibson, however, Williams depicts a high-stakes milieu more compatible with the techno-thriller genre. Deep State is the second Dagmar Shaw novel and quite frankly needs to be read after the first book, This Is Not A Game. There's a background in the first that plays out in the second.
Dagmar owns Great Big Idea, a company t ...more
Deep State is thriller writing at its finest: tight, fast-paced, suspenseful, clever, with strongly sketched characters. Taking Hitchcock's advice, Williams introduces his one implausible thing up front ...more
This read a bit like a travelogue and history of Turkey which I thought straddled the line between interesting and annoying. It was interesting in that I knew the author visited Turkey quite some time back and blogged about it. It was annoying in that it made aspects of the story read like an organized bus tour. “And on your right, Ataturk Park….”
Now the reality of the political aspects of the book were a bit scary - the use of soc ...more
If I had started reading this book the same week the uprisings started in Egypt, I would have had a hard time distinguishing between the news and this novel. Mr. Williams should be glad this was published prior to the spreading unrest, lest he be charged with mere conspiracy mongering.
I am not one who especially likes series with a recurring hero/heroine, but Dagmar Shaw is pleasantly believable: flawed without being overwrought and angst-ridden, capable without being a Mary Sue, concerned about...more
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 nov ...more
Granted, there's been scope and power creep - Dagmar's now using her AR games and their players to foment political revolution (rather than just solve murders). And Dagmar herself has changed and grown and not quite healed from the mental and emotional scars that Book 1 left her with. (There was a scene with her having a PTSD flashback to Jakarta and being talked throu ...more
This is on the "sci-fi" shelf because aspects of this story fall under the most basic definition of science-fiction: taking current technology and expanding on ...more
I also missed the gaming aspect of the first one - it popped in a bit here and there but most of the time was absent.
Overall it was enjoyable but now I’m not certain I would bother with any of the rest of them...
Dagmar Shaw is a game designer, but her games are way more interesting than any MMORPG that exists today. I never entirely came to grips with what Alternate Reality Games actually entail, but it has players follow a story, interpret clues online, and it sometimes has real-world connections. The story opens with Dagmar Shaw designing a James Bond movie tin-in game that sees some players going to Turkey to actually follow some of the action in real life, while tens of thousands of others follow th ...more
Synopsis for Deep State :
By day Dagmar Shaw orchestrates vast games with millions of players spanning continents. By night, she tries to f...more
Dagmar Shaw, CEO and prime mover for Great Big Idea, the firm that brought augmented reality games (ARGs) to mass appe ...more
Williams explores all of these ideas in Deep State. I was a huge fan of the first book in this series, This Is Not A Game, because I loved how it blended physical and vir ...more
I've got to admit to a love of game designer protagonists, for sure, as that's where my own career started... Dagmar Shaw designs experiences known as Augmented Reality Games (ARGs), where the "game" contacts players through real-world systems (like email and phones, realistic looking websites, and even things like billboards for those in the know).
Williams conjectures that such a game will cause a kind of "group mind" t ...more
I don't usually read thrillers, so I don't know what they're like, but I suspect that the protagonists usually feel more on top of things than the unfortunate Dagmar. Out of her depth, lacking ...more
Plot-wise this is a natural progression from "Game". In that one, Dagmar Shaw, producer of Augmented Reality Games (ARGs), becomes inadvertently embroiled ...more
Anyway, this one is about Dagmar, a women who produced Alternate Reality Games--games that take place in the real world. She lays out clues and hires actors to play a few roles, but the rest of the game is played by the players who h ...more
It's really not clear *why* she's doing this, as she's still traumatized by the events of the first book (and there are ...more