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Posted February 21, 2012
A Worthy Third Installment Of The Dagmar Series From A Compelling Storyteller
The third in Walter Jon Williams' "Dagmar" series, <em>The Fourth Wall</em> is a near-future thriller featuring Sean Makin -- a child actor whose life and career cratered, and whose future seems to rest on an interactive movie being created by Dagmar (the heroine of the first two novels in the series).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the first two installments, Dagmar was the central character; in this, the story is told from Makin's perspective, and I'll admit to a little disappointment.
Narrating the novel through the eyes of a new character is a typically Williams-esque creative twist, but unfortunately, the Makin character isn't as compelling to me as Dagmar was in the first two installments.
The book is fun and offers more than a few zippy (and cynical) twists, though overall, the plot felt a hair contrived, especially compared to <em>Deep State</em>, a grippingly interesting novel based on an engrossing theme.
The Fourth Wall is fun (the digs at Hollywood were hilarious, and as always Williams offers up a string of interesting observations about the future of media) and I plowed through it, but it lacks the gravitas of the prior two books, and the science fiction element felt grafted on.
I gave it three stars and would recommend it to a friend -- but only after they'd read <em>This is Not A Game</em> and <em>Deep State</em>.