The Fourth Wall




      The Fourth Wall
Dagmar Shaw got out of the game and into the movies.Sean is a washed up child actor reduced to the lowest dregs of reality television to keep himself afloat His life was a downward spiral of alcoholism, regret, and failure until he met Dagmar.Except Sean has secrets, dark even for the Hollywood treadmill of abuse, addiction, and rehab And Dagmar is a cipher There are dark rumors about her past, the places she s been, the things she was involved in People tend to die around her and now, she wants Sean for something A movie, she says, but with her history, who s to say what her real game is Read The Fourth Wall – heartforum.co.uk

Walter Jon Williams has published twenty novels and short fiction collections Most are science fiction or fantasy Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Aristoi, Metropolitan, City on Fire to name just a few a few are historical adventures, and the most recent, The Rift, is a disaster novel in which I just basically pound a part of the planet down to bedrock And that s just the opening chapters Walter holds a fourth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and also enjoys sailing and scuba diving He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Kathy Hedges.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 416 pages
  • The Fourth Wall
  • Walter Jon Williams
  • English
  • 14 March 2018

10 thoughts on “ The Fourth Wall

  1. Mike Ratner says:

    This why WJW is not awidely popular writer He is just so uneven This third book in the series reverts to the detective story format of the first, but now projected on the luridly and scornfully depicted world of Hollywood The book s Big Idea is underwhelming, and when it undergoes a revision during the ending, the new explanation just seems weird and contrived And the detective story threads resolve themselves in extremely unsatisfactory fashion, so that one is left wondering, what a This why WJW is not awidely popular writer He is just so uneven This third book in the series reverts to the de...

  2. Peter Tillman says:

    This one was OK, in parts excellent but WJW is too good a writer to do tech thrillers I hope he goes back to writing SF next time Maybe these pay the rent.

  3. Alan says:

    The fourth wall is a theatrical convention, the invisible barrier that, for most actors in most productions, keeps the audience separate from and invisible to the players To break the fourth wall, to step outside character and address an audience directly, is another theatrical convention, one at least as old as the wall itself Everyone in this media literate time probably already knows that much But you may not know that The Fourth Wall is Walter Jon Williams third entry in the growing Dagmar Shaw The fourth wall is a theatrical convention, the invisible barrier that, for most actors in most productions, keeps the audience separate from and invisible to the players To break the fourth wall, to step outside character and address an audience directly, is another theatrical convention, one at least as old as the wall itself Everyone in this media literate time probably already knows that much But you may not know that The Fourth Wall is Walter Jon Williams third entry in the growing Dagmar Shaw series, about a near future ARG Alternative Reality Game entrepreneur The first two are, in order, since you ll want to read them first anyway, This Is Not A Game and Deep State, both of which I greatly enjoyed.In The Fourth Wall, Williams never actually breaks the fourth wall, though not in the sense of addressing the reader as himself, anyway He does break with one self imposed constraint from the first two books...

  4. Craig says:

    This third Dagmar Shaw is quite different from the first two it s told from the viewpoint of Sean, an actor and cottage cheese wrestler, as well as a very unreliable narrator , who is starring in her latest production It sof a detective thriller readers of the first two novels will remember that Dagmar s associates tend to die a lot , than anything, on the surface at least, the sf element beingimplied and off camera It s a complicated and layered story which seems to inspire This third Dagmar Shaw is quite different from the first two it s told from the viewpoint of Sean, an actor and cottage cheese wrestler, as well as a very unreliable narrator , who is starring in her latest production It sof a detective thriller readers of the first two novels will remember that Dagmar s associates tend to die a lot , than an...

  5. Rebecca Stevenson says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The third installment in the Dagmar Shaw series kind of, since it follows an entirely new character Dagmar and the usual crew are involved, but the first person narrative pushes them far to the side I hate to say it, but I think this is his weakest book in quite some time I loved it as a character study of Sean and of show biz, but I could not buy the plot.First problem Four psychos is two too many I wasn t convinced by most of the supposed motivations involved Having the b The third installment in the Dagmar Shaw series kind of, since it follows an entirely new character Dagmar and the usual crew are involved, but the first person narrative pushes them far to the side I hate to say it, but I think this is his weakest book in quite some time I loved it as a character study of Sean and of show biz, but I could not buy the plot.First problem Four psychos is two too many I wasn t convinced by most of the supposed motivations involved Having the big bad be some guy I don t even remember being introduced to and have no reason to care about was a let down.A much bigger problem for me was that Dagmar has had the law of unintended consequences get all up in her business to a deadly extent before this we re supposed to believe she s had the attack of blinding naivete required to think the plot as revealed is a good idea The cyber posse get some screen time, but as walk ons there isn t a game for ...

  6. Mitchell says:

    I really wish I had half stars Heck the full 0.00 to 5.00 would be better This book islike a 4.0 but I enjoyed it muchthan that so call it a 4.5 This is a book 3 it follows up Deep State which I wish had been called This is not a revolution , which followed up This Is Not A Game which I liked best of the three I guess this one should have been, This is not a movie Same universe but we are following a washed up has been child star with a funny looking head who ends up star I really wish I had half stars Heck the full 0.00 to 5.00 would be better This book islike a 4.0 but I enjoyed it muchthan that so call it a 4.5 This is a book 3 it follows up Deep State which I wish had been called This is not a revolution , which followed up This Is Not A Game which I liked best of the three I guess this one should have been, This is not a movie Same universe but we are following a washed up has been child star with a funny looking head who ends up starring in something in the Dagmar Shaw universe If you haven t read This is not a game you ought to But if you also haven t ready Ready Player One you ought to read that instead I guess I ve gotten used to reading books I don t like and protagonists that I find annoying This book was a nice changeOh calling this book science fiction is a bit of a stretch It s barely speculative.Huh ...

  7. Cissa says:

    I liked this novel in a lot of ways.The POV character, Sean, rather weird but personable and believable The secondary characters, too And the plot is pretty tight yet convoluted, and ends up mostly making sense Mild spoiler here, though it s in the first 100 pages One of the foci of the plot rests on Sean s guilt for killing a friend And yeah, the friend died However, I think if 2 people drunker than lords decide to drive vehicles, and while trying to avoid a coll I liked this novel in a lot of ways.The POV character, Sean, rather weird but personable and believable The secondary characters, too...

  8. Tasula says:

    I had read and enjoyed one other WJ Williams book Implied Spaces , so I tried another, and enjoyed this one too The narrator is a strange looking, washed up, grown up famous child actor, fallen on hard times, when suddenly he is offered a lead in a movie to be shown as a serial through internet subscriptions He can t believe his luck and accepts the role winds up working I had read and enjoyed one other WJ Williams book Implied Spaces , so I tried another, and enjoyed this one too The narrator is a strange looking, washed up, grown up famous child actor, fallen on hard times, when suddenly he is offered a lead in a movie to be shown as a serial through internet subscriptions He can t believe his luck and accepts the role winds up working with a director, other actors, etc he used to know but he has some close calls with a black SUV, and some of his friends start dying The whole story is very clever, full of movie, social ...

  9. Stuart Reid says:

    In my eyes this is the best of the Dagmar Shaw series so far even though here we really follow Sean Makin in first person and Dagmar is relegated to a bit player, albeit an important one.Sean is a washed up ex child star, appearing in Celebrity Pit Fighter to get exposure and struggling with the fact that he s done some pretty horrible things in his past in order get recognition He s been a struggling actor for a long time not helped by the fact he is skint , his nest egg from In my eyes this is the best of the Dagmar Shaw series so far even though here we really follow Sean Makin in first person and Dagmar is relegated to a bit player, albeit an important one.Sean is a washed up ex child star, appearing in Celebrity Pit Fighter to get exposure and struggling with the fact that he s done some pretty horrible things in his past in order get recognition He s been a struggling actor for a long time not helped by the fact he is skint , his nest egg from his successful sitcom when he was a child wasted by his parents both now in hiding When Dagmar Shaws production company offers him the starring role in a new production, to be played out using augmented reality and serialized he cannot resist, and soon he gets caught up in a conspiracy involving egotistical directors, billionaire investors, and Shaw herself.I really enjoyed this novel because it continues the modern techno thriller feel of the Dagmar Shaw books but it delves into the seedy si...

  10. Tim Hicks says:

    This just squeaks into SF If Williams hadn t done other stuff that clearly IS sf f, this one might be on the thriller or mystery shelves I hadn t read the previous two Dagmar books, but this one seemed to stand alone OK Indeed, from the blurbs of the first two, I m in no hurry to read them So what is this book A character study of Sean s progress A satire of Hollywood A thoughtful examination of how mass media technology can be used for social engineering A murder mystery A thriller I This just squeaks into SF If Williams hadn t done other stuff that clearly IS sf f, this one might be on the thriller or mystery shelves I hadn t read the previous ...

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