Monday Monday

by wjw on February 13, 2012

Monday’s the official release day for The Fourth Wall, the third in my series featuring game designer Dagmar Shaw.  Let’s party!

Of course you should probably buy the book first.  If you can’t find it at your local bookstore, then it can be purchased at Amazon and B&N, or in ebook formats via Kindle and Nook.

Don’t just take my word you should buy this book.  From a starred review in Booklist:

. . . the blending of mystery-thriller, SF, and traditional Hollywood-story elements is hugely successful. It’s one of those ambitious, genre-bending books in which you keep seeing, as you read, ways the story could fall apart under its own weight—but it never does. Surely the best of the Dagmar Shaw series and one of the author’s finest novels.”

And if that doesn’t convince you, you’re welcome to check out the sample chapter I’ve prepared for you.

And let’s not forget that the first book in the series, This Is Not a Game, is on sale in ebook formats for a mere $2.99.

And now, let’s raise our glasses . . .

Shash February 14, 2012 at 2:17 am

Read it. Loved it. Loved the point of view. It’s so wonderfully cynical. I will recommend it to others.

Rebecca February 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I know it’s only just out, but any plans for a fourth? I can quite easily see a large flock of Frankensteinian chickens coming home to roost. 🙂

Also, I imagine you saw this:

Stacy February 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I’m about halfway through and, though I’d like to discuss the big plot points and writing style, I have a niggling question that’s been bugging me. Dagmar is referenced several times scrolling her handheld in the air when taking notes. I’m envisioning her waving this in the air like a magic wand or a Wii controller, which seems awfully inefficient and tiring. Especially for a pregnant lady.

So how exactly do you see her taking notes by scrolling her handheld in the air?

(I know it’s a stupid question, but sometimes these get in my brain and won’t leave.)

wjw February 15, 2012 at 3:28 am

Stacy: there is an app for that.

Basically you write letters in the air and they appear on your screen.

Paul February 15, 2012 at 7:15 am

Hi wjw,

After reading the excerpt, I downloaded it as soon as I had access to a vpn (try buying kindle books if you live in the Gulf …) ; so well done on the choice of that excerpt.
Then I proceeded to read the book itself in about a night.

I very much like the premise and the point of view, which are refreshing (and disturbing at the same time.) I’ve got a few niggles and questions, but I won’t discuss points of the plot or book – too many spoiler risks.

It would be nice though if you opened a thread for us to geek out on that in a little while.

On another unrelated note : do you know why your RSS feed in Google Reader and the Reeder application (at least, haven’t tried anything else) is in bold (not all caps, thankfully) while your posts themselves on your blog are not. It does seem like your constantly speaking very loudly at us, and that is a little tiny bit disturbing coming from a black belt .

Cheers, and thanks again for The Fourth Wall

Dave Bishop February 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

I finished reading it a couple of days ago. I enjoyed it, of course (it’s a WJW book – how could I do otherwise?). I suppose the best way to describe it is ‘unexpected’ . Having read the other two books in the ‘Dagmar’ series I could never have anticipated that you would take the series in this particular direction! Full marks for keeping your readers intrigued and on their toes!

Michael Grosberg February 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

Woohoo! I didn’t even know this was in the works. I only noticed the blog post yesterday and must have broken some record for fastest time between becoming aware of a book and its subsequent purchase.

I’m about 20% into it right now – and I have a question about Pedomorphosis: Sean refers to it as if it’s a medical condition, but in reality it isn’t, as far as I can tell. Inside the narrative, is it an actual condition? is his face really that strange? or does he just look kinda baby-faced like, say, the adult Haley Joel Osment?

wjw February 20, 2012 at 4:54 am

Michael>> pedomorphosis is an actual condition. Among animals. I couldn’t find out if the condition exists among humans or not, but I decided that it was such a perfect metaphor that I didn’t care.

And yeah, definitely picture the head of your favorite kid star, bearded and balding, on top of, I dunno, Kevin Dillon’s body.

Paul, I have no idea why my RSS feed does anything. I set my blog posts as “headline 3” because it makes them more readable, maybe that makes them all shouty in some other format.

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