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Fort Freak [Format Kindle]

Wild Cards Trust , George R. R. Martin

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In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent survived, mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin (called “the American Tolkien” by Time), is the tale of the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among the one percent.

Now, in the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, we get to know the hardbitten world of Manhattan’s Fifth Precinct—or “Fort Freak,” as cops and malefactors alike call the cop-shop where every other desk sergeant, detective, and patrol officer is more than human.

Featuring original work by writers such as Cherie Priest, author of the bestselling Boneshaker; Paul Cornell, Hugo–nominated comic book and Doctor Who writer; David Anthony Durham, winner of 2009’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; and many others, Fort Freak is one of the strongest offerings yet in the ongoing Wild Cards project.

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  • Editeur : Tor Books (21 juin 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004OA63IU
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Talented Group of Writers 27 juin 2011
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur
Once again I've learned that you can't tell a book by its cover...or by its title. When I chose to review FORT FREAK, I expected it to be a somewhat over-the-edge police procedural. And the name implied that there could be some sardonic humor involved. While it is definitely over the edge and there is sardonic humor involved, the title is way more literal than I had anticipated.

The precinct is manned by a group of police who have learned to work together despite their differences. Just to be clear, we are not talking about race, religion, or ethnic origin here. Detective Leo Storgman, for example, is called Ramshead...and he actually has ram-like facial features. Uniformed patrol officer William Chen is known as Tinkerbill because he has the power to spray a pink glow on a suspect that will easily identify him in case he happens to elude or escape custody. Ramshead and Tinkerbill are partners. Another special detail cop is Thomas Driscoll, or Tabby, who is able to go undercover as a cat.

The neighborhood around the precinct is also inhabited by unusual characters. There is Father Squid, the parish priest for The Lady of Perpetual Misery, the Church of Jesus Christ, Joker. "His round eyes were slightly protruding and covered by flickering nictitating membranes. In place of a nose he had a cluster of dangling tentacles that covered his mouth like a constantly twitching mustache." Despite this, he is an engaging and comforting character. Then there is Todd Fairbanks, a teenage student at Barrington Prep. When he blows kisses toward someone, the clothes disappear from that person. He creates quite a stir as he continues to disrobe lovely young women along his way home.

In addition to the fascinating characteristics and special powers of the protagonists, they all play a role in common, ongoing investigations and several mysteries that lend themselves to providing a theme for this unique form of writing. While the book is edited by award-winning novelist George R. R. Martin, it is written by at least 10 individual writers, each responsible for certain chapters. They confer on plot lines and often specialize in certain characters, exchanging ideas with each other and adding their own flavor to the work.

There are several different series with the shared universe theme, a theme that provides stories in an altered history of the Earth. The origins of this altered history are based on an event that happened in 1946, when an alien virus is released over New York City. The virus not only kills people but has the capability to alter DNA, thus beginning an alternative world with much of the same struggles for power and security that actually happened.

If you love science fiction and have never read any of the series, you are in for a treat. If you are not a sci-fi fan, it would certainly be fun to explore a new genre with such a talented group of writers.

--- Reviewed by Maggie Harding
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fort Freak 14 juillet 2011
Par Brendan Moody - Publié sur
Created during the shared-world anthology craze of the 1980s and revitalized after editor George R. R. Martin's rise to national prominence as the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the Wild Cards series now runs to twenty-one volumes, with more on the way. Its fictional history spans more than sixty years, from the day in 1946 when an alien virus was released over New York, bringing death, disfigurement, and superpowers in its wake, to the present, a time when super-powered aces and horribly mutated jokers are as integrated into society as any other minority. Which is to say, not always harmoniously.

It might seem that a series with such a history would be inaccessible to new readers, but this volume, like the initial "relaunch" trilogy from Tor Books, is self-contained and self-explanatory, though long-time fans will know some of the protagonists and recognize small references to characters and events from the series' past. For new readers, these elements simply serve to emphasize the depth of the milieu, which is now so long-standing that characters who were young when the series began are growing older, developing the melancholy of age.

This volume is set entirely in New York City, and focuses on the officers of the 5th Precinct, who may have horns, dragon heads, or other unusual accoutrements, but are still cops through and through. Which makes for a small problem. Despite its genre elements, Fort Freak is pretty heavy on the cop story cliches. The opening story, Melinda Snodgrass' "The Rook," is standard rookie cop fare: he has a family reputation to live up to, makes some embarrassing mistakes, strikes out with a pretty girl, and is eventually recognized as one of the gang. The jokers and aces involved prevent it from being entirely dull, but the story spends too much time in familiar territory to be compelling. The book's interstitial narrative, Cherie Priest's "The Rat Race," shows us what comes at the other end of police tropes: the lonely detective on the verge of retirement, unsure what his place in the world will be, desperate to solve that one last case.

Said case, a shootout at a grimy diner, is one of several recurring elements in Fort Freak. Others include a rash of mysterious, borderline impossible burglaries and the effort to bring down two dirty cops. The intermingling of stories by several authors, and the diligent work of Martin and assistant editor Snodgrass, balances these plotlines fairly well after a slow start. The prose styles of most of the writers are solid but occasionally awkward, and generally don't offer much in the way of individual voice. The exception is Paul Cornell's "More!", a hilarious farce in which the narrator, a British actress with a highly inconvenient ace power, tries to seize her big chance but becomes caught up in the troubles of a very well-established Wild Cards character. Other standout contributions are Stephen Leigh's "Hope We Die Before We Get Old," which uses the wild card to make a tragic real-world ailment even more difficult to bear, and Kevin Andrew Murphy's "The Straight Man," a look at the chaos that Halloween in Jokertown can bring.

As with the earlier Tor releases, many characters have romantic or sexual storylines to play out, which is natural enough, but they're all so shallowly written that it feels like the same thing several times over: the first flush of attraction, some unlikely banter, sex, and then there's a stable couple. The writers don't-- perhaps, given the space available, can't-- do enough to make these relationships credible, and they end up having the depth of a wish-fulfilling romance novel.

When the Wild Cards series began, adult approaches to superhero storytelling were novel. Nearly a quarter-century later, the concept isn't as unusual as it once was, may have lost some of its edge. But there's still nothing quite like it in prose fiction, and the authors involved are still doing a fine job of giving real world people, places, and things a superhero spin. Fort Freak isn't the most exciting installment in the Wild Cards series, but it's a fun read all the same.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprised, but in a good way 20 septembre 2012
Par Britt K - Publié sur
I'll start off by saying that I had never heard of the Wild Cards series before reading this book. I saw the cover at a book fair, read the back, was intrigued and bought it. I had absolutely no idea that there was a larger (MUCH larger) universe attached to this book.

I loved the overlap between the different narratives, how characters from one story would show up somewhere else. I found out that this is something of a hallmark for this series and it's one I really enjoyed. I did have to refresh myself a couple times as far as who everyone was, and I was glad the author(s) included a roster of the 5th precinct.

In spite of not knowing everything that had happened before, I was still able to enjoy this group of interweaving stories. I credit the outhors and editors for making this group of stories accessible even to complete newbies like me. There were references to things that had happened before, but nothing that made me feel like I had completed missed out on something and was lost because of it.

Now that I know about the wealth of material that happened before this book, I will definitely be reading up on the Wild Cards series.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Uneven but ultimately satisfying 9 juillet 2011
Par Andrew P. Lawler - Publié sur
After the globetrotting of the last three books, George Martin's Wild Card series narrows its focus to Jokertown and the police (and criminals) who inhabit it. The book gets off to a very weak start with a very standard first-day-on-the-job story by Cherie Priest which reintroduces us to Wild Card New York and its cast of characters including Father Squid and the Oddity. Things pick up as Detective 'Ramshead' investigates a thirty-year old murder a week or so before his retirement and uncovers a level of corruption that seems to know no end.
It might be a personal issue, but I've always found that the stories that focus on joker issues tend to be stronger on character and weaker on plot, and the book suffers from that. As well, there is a threesome story that seems to be Wild Cards dipping its toe into Paranormal Romance. However Dr. Who and Comic writer Paul Cornell reintroduces a beloved character from the past with style and panache and even the somewhat muddled ending can't take away the pleasure of seeing so many old friends.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good overall story, but... 9 juillet 2011
Par Bill Drummonds - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I've been following Wild Cards since publication of the first book, back in the '80s. Fort Freak has a good, Earth-bound (all Jokertown-bound) story, however there are so many new characters/storylines/tangents that at times it's a bit confusing to follow.

My main criticism, and I've had this about the past few releases, is the proofreading. There are stories where misspellings, typos, dropped words, etc., abound and to me, this lowers the bar of the entire enterprise. Is there a decent copy editor in the house? I worked for years as a proofreader/copy editor and spot the mistakes instantly, and it's embarrassing to read in a favorite series. The publisher needs to put a bit more effort in this area.
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