This Is Not a Game: A Novel

This Is Not a Game: A Novel

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by Walter Jon Williams
     
 

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IMAGINE A GAME WITH NO BOUNDARIES - WAITING IN A PARKING LOT, SITTING AT YOUR COMPUTER, WALKING DOWN THE STREET. YOU COULD BE CALLED AT ANY MOMENT - AND YOU'D BETTER BE READY.

THIS IS NOT A GAME.


THIS IS A NOVEL OF GREED, BETRAYAL, AND SOCIAL NETWORKING.

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IMAGINE A GAME WITH NO BOUNDARIES - WAITING IN A PARKING LOT, SITTING AT YOUR COMPUTER, WALKING DOWN THE STREET. YOU COULD BE CALLED AT ANY MOMENT - AND YOU'D BETTER BE READY.

THIS IS NOT A GAME.


THIS IS A NOVEL OF GREED, BETRAYAL, AND SOCIAL NETWORKING.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316040440
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
03/24/2009
Series:
Dagmar Shaw
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
522,109
File size:
441 KB

Meet the Author

Walter Jon Williams has been nominated repeatedly for every major SF award, including Hugo and Nebula Award nominations for his novel City on Fire. His most recent books are The Sundering, The Praxis, Destiny's Way, and The Rift. Walter Jon Williams lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife.

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This Is Not a Game 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down.
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Owen Bennett More than 1 year ago
could use a bit more about the ARGs and BJs game in my opinion
DuncanWatson More than 1 year ago
A very intense thriller with quite a few twists and turns.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first part of this book where she is trapped by the civil conflict in the hotel. The writing was engaging, tight, well crafted. I liked the characters and the pacing. But then she got out of the whole thing and it just seemed to slow to a crawl. It turned into a pretty typical murder mystery and I didn't really see where it was going. It was a totally different book. I didn't even finish it.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
At college, they became four friends because of online gaming. Charlie, BJ, Dagmar and Austin were able to turn their love for Internet gaming into a thriving business with each having a different prime role; although their fortunes and misfortunes vary. However, the financial crash has crippled their firm leaving their affluence and influence in jeopardy. Even more dangerous is the situation that one of them finds herself in. Alternate reality game designer Dagmar finds herself trapped when rebels and riots threaten everyone in Jakarta. She has no real way out of Indonesia, but has a virtual escape path. Over the net she contacts the online gamer community and manages to escape the country. However, once back in Los Angeles, Dagmar finds herself in the middle of real homicides including one of them and a wizard using online tools to manipulate finances while the world struggles with the greater crisis. She uses what she learns to create a new game with the "Group Mind" competitors solving clues leading her, she hopes, to the culprit, but not the Russian Mafia. Perhaps the scene in a restaurant in which a hostess stays on her cellphone ignoring Dagmar the customer sets the tone when the gamer draws a flow chart on the placemat. Fans will relish this strong thriller as the blur between reality and virtual is almost zero. Ironically the social networking commentaries make the plot believable but also slow down the faster than wireless networking story line. Still this is a terrific look at aging gamers as reality and virtual converge in their minds, but with a Russian Mafia professional hit man the only reality is a speeding bullet. Harriet Klausner