Monday, January 11, 2010

The Praise is Endless as the Sea

This Is Not a Game has grown up, into a mass-market paperback! (Yeah, okay, that doesn't make sense, but bear with me.)

Probably on that account, there have been a lot of reviews appearing in the last few weeks, so I'm going to take a few moments to point to them with pride.

From Hornswoggler:

And if you know anything about Williams -- if you've read his sophisticated and witty Drake Maijstral novels; or Aristoi, the great lost SF novel of the early '90s; or the two magnificent far-future science fantasies Metropolitan and City on Fire; or incredible short stories like "Prayers On the Wind" -- you know that he's one of the best writers in the speculative fiction field, as consistently inventive and exciting and as compelling a storyteller as anyone. If you haven't read Williams yet, go grab whichever of those earlier books sounds the most intriguing -- or Days of Atonement, one of the best near-future police-procedurals ever written, or the great cyberpunk novel Hardwired, can get this book, which is still available, and practically new . . .

This Is Not a Game has one of the best subtitles I've seen in many years -- "A Novel of Greed, Betrayal, and Social Networking" -- and that's a good description of this novel. It's a compelling story about the kind of people that have been driving the future for the last generation, and what might be next; a thriller on both a conceptual SFnal level as well as in its plotting. As always, Williams tells a story that keeps the pages turning while creating real, rounded characters in a deeply believable world -- he's just one of the best out there at the SF game.

From Mystery Book Blog:

For a 462-page book, this is a pretty fast read, because Walter Jon Williams does a great job of moving this action-based thriller along. One of the underlying concepts is complex, but Williams doesn't let that stand in his way of writing a good tale. He distills what readers need to know into digestible packets and lets it rip . . .

I'm going to use that word again: surprise. It was a pleasant surprise to find a realistic female character who didn't feel it necessary to be a superwoman or to compete with the big boys, but who turned out to be brave and resourceful despite her self-doubts.

And from Fantasy Book Critic's list of Favorite Novels of 2009:

Expertly written and executed, scarily relevant, and massively entertaining, "This Is Not A Game" should be on everyone's reading list…

That summed it up rather nicely, I thought.

Now that the book is available at popular prices, you should be able to afford to buy lots of copies.

And by the way, isn't the new cover purty?



Anonymous grs said...

See, they mentioned *Maijstral* in one of the reviews, that means you *must* write another one, immediately!!! (I know, the di^Wsimulacra that run the publishing industry are programmed to refuse this, but we still want one!!!!)

4:30 AM  
Blogger RJS said...

I wouldn't say no.

I bought a hardcover copy as a Christmas present for my sister-in-law's husband. I hope that's okay.

7:14 AM  
Blogger halojones-fan said...

So where can I get these "Metropolitan" and "City On Fire" books? I can't? Oh well.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Baron Greystone said...

I love Maijstral books, and promise to buy all the ones you're willing to write!

12:10 AM  

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