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Wild Cards [Format Kindle]

George R.R. Martin

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Présentation de l'éditeur

The return of the famous shared-world superhero books created and edited by George R. R. Martin, author of A GAME OF THRONES

There is a secret history of the world - a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces - those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others became Jokers - cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.

Return to the beginning of the long running shared-world series edited by George R. R. Martin, featuring stories and characters who would go on to become legends. Super-heroes have never been more real.
Originally published in 1987, Wild Cards includes powerful tales by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R. R. Martin himself. And this expanded edition contains further original tales set at the beginning of the Wild Cards universe, by eminent new writers like Hugo-winner David Levine, noted screenwriter and novelist Michael Cassutt, and New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.

Biographie de l'auteur

George R.R. Martin's work includes many short stories which are dominated by visual imagery. His most recent work A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, a dynastic epic which includes A GAME OF THRONES has won him a number of fantasy writing awards.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2263 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 575 pages
  • Editeur : Gollancz (8 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009EA48ZA
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83 internautes sur 88 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A golden oldie 6 février 2002
Par Killer Shrike - Publié sur Amazon.com
I read this series when it was originally released. I wasnt happy with where the series eventually ended up late in the series, but the earlier works are fond favorites.
People buying this book (or others in the series) because they are fans of GRRMartins Song of Ice and Fire series are likely to be disapointed due to misaligned expectations.
The only thing this series has in common with the Song of Ice and Fire is a gritty certainty that favorite characters will get killed....or worse, and the use of widely scattered often disconnected characters and plotlines that sometimes may cross but also might never. Further, as this is a 'mosaic' novel, GRRMartin isnt the sole proprietor of the stories.
Treated as a seperate entity from GRRMartin's more recent series, the Wild Cards series is a fairly unique and often brilliant body of work. Due to its nature, not all of the short stories will appeal to everyone; to be sure there are stories and story arcs that dont appeal to me either.
Regardless, taken as a whole the series is really something special. Its similar to a massive wall mural which cant be appreciated from up close; you have to pull back abit and look at it in its entirety to fully appreciate the overall effect.
The strength of the series lays in its deft characterizations. Some of my favorite fictional characters are from this series; the Turtle, Croyd Crenson (the Sleeper), Golden Boy, Mackie Messer, Carnifex, Mr Nobody, Jumpin Jack Flash (et al), Kid Dinosaur.....the list goes on and on.
The series really picks up in the second book, but the 1st is where all of the necessary background resides.
Unfortunately, the books are being released in a grossly overpriced large softbound edition; my advice it to find the original paperbacks in a used book store.
45 internautes sur 48 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read If Any Part of You Is a Superhero Fan 28 novembre 2011
Par Art - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There are a *lot* of non-comic character based super-hero books, but the Wildcards series has an impresive list of authors and edittors (its editted by George R.R. Martin, author of the currrent best selling A Song of Fire and Ice series) and spans around 20 volumes. Please note that Wildcards is NOT similar to A Song of Ice and Fire, and the people trashing this book because they bought it because of Martin's involvement just didnt do their homework before buying the book. More on that later. These are full length books, and take themselves fairly seriously -- they are not necessarily rigidly realistic, but are not "pulpy" in comparison with most super-hero books.

The format of book 1 is that most of the chapters tell mostly self-contained stories, with the chapters written by different authors. A few chapters provide backstory on the origins of the wildcard virus (which gives the super powers, mutations and afflications), but most are generally centered around the origin and story of a particular person affected by the wildcard virus, whether as an "ace" or "joker" (super-powered character or individual afflicted with random disfigurement or other problems.) Certain individuals appear in more than one chapter, and some of them have continuing relevance throughout the series, while others are one chapter characters that either die or return to obscurity. There is fairly little over-arching story in this introductory volume -- rather, you get a slice of time in the alternate history of the world where the wildcards virus causes the emergence of super-heroes and jokers (i.e. mutants) in the 40s. In addition to a bit of the history and backstory, you get a bunch of origin/introduction type stories.

As a result of this format, you dont get deep plot or character development, but at its best, Wildcards I introduces some of the most creative and memorable super-heroes you'll ever read about. The first non-backstory chapter, for example, tells the origin story of "The Sleeper" whose highly memorable and imaginative origin story ends in amazing chaos that just completely and naturally flows out of his story. It feels real(ish), and not "comic booky" the way that many super-hero books (even those not based on comic books) do.

At its worst, there are certain chapters that may not click for you at all, arent overly imaginative and/or and do little to advance the overall history of the Wildcards world. For example, "Ghost Girl" is about a college student with a very familiar power that has a one night misadventure. I dont recall if she appears in subsequent books, but her little misadventure -- while perfectly pleasant to read -- wont stay with you long.

Verdict: People looking for a traditionally coherent fantasy with deep plot and character development should avoid this book. You do get more of an overarching plot in some of the subsequent books, but these books are by no means similar to A Song of Ice and Fire in that they lack that kind of depth of plot, character development and flow. Buying Wildcards just because you liked A Song of Ice and Fire is a bad idea. What they are is tremendous fun, highly imaginative super-hero based fantasy. Folks that to any extent, even in some buried part of themselves not seen since childhood, are superhero fans owe it to themselves to read the book, because of the sheer depth of imagination and creativity of the universe and characters (some of them anyway). I still remember The Sleeper, The Turtle and many others (not all of whom appear in this first book) 20 years after reading many of the Wildcards books.

*Superhero fans should be sure to check out my other reviews, as I've reviewed 5 or so non-comic based super-hero stories. Also, there is *very* highly rated (4.7 out of 5 on Goodreads, 800 votes), huge, completed web serial that reminded me of Wild Cards in terms of the imagination and realism of the heroes and villains called Worms, written by Wildbow. It has to be read on the web, but the site is formatted nicely for it.
26 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Old Favorite Comes to Kindle 16 décembre 2011
Par David Berkowitz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read Wild Cards the week it was released in paperback. I probably read it five more times until the paperback fell apart - or more likely my son absconded with it when he went to college. And it had been out of print for a long time.

I requested that the publisher put out a Kindle edition and was thrilled when it showed up. Better than showed up as, apparently, the original work had some revision done before the release. Not having read it for more than a decade, I can't really spot what was added, deleted, modified. But I enjoyed it as much as I ever did on any previous read.

And, the subsequent Wild Card novels are starting to appear for Kindle too. I have my work cut out for me!

If you are new to the Wild Cards saga - this is the place to start. The later books in the series read like novels rather than a collection of short stories. But this is the place to learn the history of the WC universe and meet the characters that shaped it.
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 a hit, a palpable hit... 14 juillet 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
There are those who have complained that the stories in this book aren't complete, but seem like they're just beginning. This complaint is valid, but the reasoning is inaccurate. Look at the Wild Cards series as comics books told in narrative rather than picture form. A regular comic book series doesn't usually have a complete tale, without clues to the future, and neither does this book. Some of these stories are setups to larger stories, and believe me, that ain't bad. I have read all sixteen books, and in my opinion, while some of the stories ARE weaker than others, the whole is much bigger than the sum of its parts.
The fact is that I grew to care about these characters. I wanted to know more about them, and that need to know drew me deeper and deeper as the series progressed. Now that the series is being re-released, I can honestly say that if you are comic book fan in search of more serious fare, where even the so-called "good guys" can have some unpalatable personality traits, than the wild cards series is for you. If you don't want to blow the bucks for a brand spanking new one, than get one used. I will say that if you dismiss this series without at least trying ONE book, you are missing out on the next level of superheroics.
Try Vol.1 out. If you don't end up loving Croyd (the Sleeper), I'll eat my hat!
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great reprint 7 novembre 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a reprint of the first book in the Wild Cards series. When I first read the original many, many years ago, I became absolutely enthralled with the characters and the unique style of storytelling. The Wild Cards series is made up of predominantly "Mosaic Novels", meaning that each novel is comprised of short stories written by different writers, each from the point of view of their own characters in the Wild Cards universe, but all the short stories taken together comprise one whole META-story, if you will. When I finished this first book, I began a frantic search to find the rest of the series (they were out of print before I had even read the first book) that took me several years. And, to my surprise, I found that this book, as amazing as it was, wasn't even one of the best in the series! But, it's very important, as it portrays the events that seperate the Wild Cards universe from our own reality, and therefore is ALMOST essential to fully experience the Wild Cards. Most of the series I had ended up borrowing and have never been able to find for sale, so I was overjoyed when I found out they were reprinting it. The reprints contain some really nice art to illustrate the tale as you go along (the best art I have seen of the Wild Cards so far), and they make this book worth the purchase, even if you already own the original printing.
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