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This Is Not a Game: A Novel

This Is Not a Game - Walter Jon Williams Another fine read from Walter Jon Williams, who is already mining this same vein in his newest book ([b:Deep State|8203603|Deep State (Dagmar, #2)|Walter Jon Williams|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nocover-60x80.jpg|13050632])[b:This Is Not a Game|3535568|This Is Not a Game (Dagmar, #1)|Walter Jon Williams|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1256044569s/3535568.jpg|3577531] is a near-future book that explores massive, multi-player games - and how the lines between reality and fantasy can easily be crossed. The heroine (Dagmar) is a "puppetmaster" - a freelancer who runs large-scale, multi-player games (mostly as marketing events). As a character, she's realistic, smart and sympathetic, yet Williams wisely avoids turning her into an action hero.When appropriate, she gets scared, she runs, she hides, and yes - she eventually she takes action (again, when appropriate).In fact, outside of one false moment (*Spoiler Alert**a hacker "cracks" the game, uses its unwitting players to help commit a murder, yet the plot seemingly speeds right on by), the book is nicely plotted and populated with characters that only occasionally feel odd or wooden.Despite its small mis-steps, [b:This Is Not a Game|3535568|This Is Not a Game (Dagmar, #1)|Walter Jon Williams|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1256044569s/3535568.jpg|3577531] is a wholly worthwhile read from one of Science Fiction's consistently under-rated writers (if you haven't read the Green Leopard Plague collection, you're missing a lot).I'm looking forward to the next book featuring Dagmar ([b:Deep State|8203603|Deep State (Dagmar, #2)|Walter Jon Williams|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nocover-60x80.jpg|13050632]), which should be an excellent read.