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This Is Not a Game: A Novel by Walter Jon Williams
Review by Steve Sawicki
Orbit Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316003155
Date: 24 March 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

This is only the second novel that I've read that really plays with the technology that we are all messing around with today. In this case the novel revolves around the gaming world, or, more specifically, the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. The twist is that the game takes place spread out over cyberspace rather that on a specific web site. So, for example, gamers might get clues that certain blogs contain info they need for game resolution. Williams takes it beyond that though, to include real world events; everything from players receiving cell phone calls and emails to getting invitations to mass real time events such as wedding or concerts.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Once upon a time, there were four of them. And though each was good at a number of things, all of them were very good at games...

Dagmar is a game designer trapped in Jakarta in the middle of a revolution. The city is tearing itself apart around her and she needs to get out.

Her boss Charlie has his own problems -- 4.3 billion of them, to be precise, hidden in an off-shore account.

Austin is the businessman -- the VC. He's the one with the plan and the one to keep the geeks in line.

BJ was there from the start, but while Charlie's star rose, BJ sank into the depths of customer service. He pads his hours at the call-center slaying on-line orcs, stealing your loot, and selling it on the internet.

But when one of them is gunned down in a parking lot, the survivors become players in a very different kind of game. Caught between the dangerous worlds of the Russian Mafia and international finance, Dagmar must draw on all her resources -- not least millions of online gamers-- to track down the killer. In this near-future thriller, Walter Jon Williams weaves a pulse-pounding tale of intrigue, murder, and games where you don't get an extra life.

(Source: Orbit)

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