This Is Not A Game

This Is Not A Game

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Baker & Taylor
In a near-future world that is dominated by an alternate-reality game without boundaries, players find their real lives increasingly and violently overshadowed by the game and its escalating demands.

Blackwell North Amer
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 offshore 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 online orcs, stealing your loot, and selling it on the Internet.
When one of the four 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.

Hachette Book Group
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.

Baker
& Taylor

In a near-future world that is dominated by an alternate-reality game without boundaries, players find their real lives increasingly and violently overshadowed by the game and its increasing demands. Original.

Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316003155
0316003158
Characteristics: 369 p. ; 22 cm

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randolph_moffat Feb 01, 2014

Excellent book...a very insiteful novel about the political and technological realities that are evolving daily. A terrific read.

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theevenger
Oct 31, 2012

This is not Walter's best work. The character development here is a far cry from that of the Praxis books. I was drawn to this book because of the tie in with ARGs. Well, that connection is pretty pointless and lackluster. The scope of the book feels pathetically small. There are some occasionally beautifully written passages, and a plot twist that I did not expect, which rescue the book. Otherwise, the whole book feels like it was published too soon, and needed at least another hundred pages worth of fleshing out.

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StarGladiator
Apr 03, 2012

A most unfortunate and boring book, where they author appears to be enamored with corporate sociopathic types as the archetype heroine or hero.

Truly a trivial book, hardly worth reading.

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rabbiejones
Mar 21, 2012

This is a great book! Super interesting protagonist, thrilling plotline(s) an A LOT happens. Really good, clever dialogue and realistic portrayal of people, relationships, motives etc.

Kind of hard to believe this book was written over three years ago -it is VERY contemporary and weirdly seems to have predicted some current world events.

All in all a very exciting read and worth checking out if you like thrillers, semi-science fiction (but not really), noir-ish whodunnits etc.

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