The Fourth Wall

The Fourth Wall[PDF] ❤ The Fourth Wall Author Walter Jon Williams – Heartforum.co.uk Dagmar Shaw got out of the game and into the moviesSean 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 Dagmar Shaw got out of the game and into the moviesSean 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, The Fourth Epub / and failure until he met DagmarExcept 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.

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 Fourth Epub / 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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  • 416 pages
  • The Fourth Wall
  • Walter Jon Williams
  • English
  • 04 July 2019

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 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 all the fuss was about.But on the positive side, there is plenty of fuss and nail biting action, and there are some magnificently written episodes in the book, which reminded me of why I ve been such a fan of WJW over all these years Three and a half stars, really, but rounding up

  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 growin 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 this one s really not a Dagmar Shaw book Oh, she s featured in it, and is in fact a prime mover behind the action but Dagmar is neither the narrator nor the viewpoint character for this installment.That honor now goes to Sean Makin, an actor of a type all too common in Hollywood s history the wildly successful child star whose finances were misappropriated by his greedy parents, and for whom puberty was an audience killing disaster Sean s down on his luck he has been reduced to wrestling around in cottage cheese on Celebrity Pitfighter, which is precisely as degrading as it sounds Dagmar Shaw shows up, but in Makin s world she s a peripheral character, except in one specific regard what she can do for Sean Makin.Sean often known as Luggage Boy from his signature sitcom catchphrase is fond of addressing the audience, but he always does it in character, and often through his blog, Heavy Luggage geddit As in real life, the comments that show up on Sean s blog are often illiterate and kinda funny , but sometimes they re cogent and germane to the post, or plot Williams occasionally even includes comment spam for verisimilitude, which I thought was a nice touch.Sean s hard to like, though I ll admit that I ve been spoiled by Wil Wheaton, a real life child star who s turned out to be an accomplished writer both online and in print , a well regarded adult actor, a family man and a pretty decent guy all around the kind of success story that doesn t happen to kids on stage nearly as often as it should Sean Makin blogs too, just like Wheaton, but he is not nearly as accomplished a blogger or as self aware a person, especially at first.He does get better, though that s not as far as I m concerned the most interesting plot arc in The Fourth Wall What I foundinteresting was the way what starts out as Dagmar Shaw s attempt to enter Sean s world gradually becomes Makin being drawn into Shaw s Excitement, danger and even a little hopefulness duly ensue.I picked up this novel on the strength of its predecessors, and I was not disappointed Now I want to see where Williams takes Dagmar Shaw next

  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 anything, on the surface at least, the sf element beingimplied and off camera It s a complicated and layered story which seems to inspire a lot of parentheses and commas and semi colons here , but does finally wind itself into an intelligent and satisfying conclusion of the immediate events Sean isn t really a nice character at all and the reader can t help but wonder how accurate his portrayal of some of the events and Dagmar in particular is I d like to be able to read a further volume someday and see how she and her surviving companions turned out

  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 big bad be s 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 them to play, as in the last two books That made me a bit sad.The main character, Sean Makin, is interesting, not least because he is the only protagonist I can remember liking less over the course of the novel By the time he confronted Joey, I wouldn t have cared if he d gotten killed I spent some amount of time trying to figure out if Sean could actually be the killer He s really pretty disturbing, and I m planning to re read the book to study his portrayal Narcissistic personality disorder, indeed I find myself hoping that all of this is actually a setup for another book in which Dagmar will have to deal with the Frankenstein s monster she s just created, either in the form of the network or Sean himself or both

  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 And another re read And this time a quick one Definitely not a five star But it had that madcap adventure thing going And a body count And Dagmar is definitely less broken Something felt off on this re read, a little too unbelievable

  7. 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 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 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 media and tech ideas and tidbits, full of heart and sadness I really liked it and will pick up another WF Williams book soon

  8. 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 collision one of them dies 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 collision one of them dies well, this is not at ALL the same as premeditated murder Culpable oh, yeah But it s not premeditated murder like others were getting up to So that struck me wrong, especially as a motive.Still, a fun twisty plot with good writing and characters.And I think I will put blocks on the cameras my various devices have

  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 his successf 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 side of Hollywood too Sean is an interesting character and his adventures with both friend and foe throughout his latest production kept me enthralled It was a page turner for me, and that s always a good sign With its themes of fame and the transient nature of celebrity mixed with a good old fashioned mystery I found The Fourth Wall an interesting and enthralling read YMMV

  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 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 d have to say it tried to be all those at once, and that s its weakness Williams knows how to tell a story, but as I put this one down I felt unsatisfied So that s what they were up to That s who did the killing Meh I agree with those who couldn t buy the I killed Timmi part of the plot Too bad, because Williams leveraged it pretty hard Cottage cheese wrestling OK, I ll remember that And I liked the explanations demonstrations of what a director brings to a movie A decent page turner, but in the end, if it was intended as a lightweight, it has succeeded

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