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Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild [Format Kindle]

George R.R. Martin , Wild Cards Trust

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The journey into high adventure soars on!

Let the secret history of the world be told—of the alien virus that struck Earth after World War II, and of the handful of survivors who found they now possessed superhuman powers. Some were called Aces, endowed with powerful mental and physical prowess. The others were Jokers, tormented by bizarre mind or body disfigurements. Some served humanity. Others wreaked terror. Now, forty years later, under the streets of Manhattan an evil genius unleashes the powers of darkness—and Aces and Jokers alike must fight for their lives.

Here, in the third volume of the Wild Cards series, seven of science fiction's most gifted writers take you on a journey of wonder and excitement.
Includes stories by:
Edward Bryant
Leanne C. Harper
George R. R. Martin
John J. Miller
Lewis Shiner
Walter Simons
Melinda M. Snodgrass

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 385 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0765326175
  • Editeur : Tor Books (11 février 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't pay attention to the one star review 12 février 2014
Par Walter E. Starr - Publié sur
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This is a brilliant composite novel in the Wild Cards series written by several outstanding authors and edited by George R. R. Martin. This was accomplished the decade prior to Martin's first novel in the Game of Thrones series and is now in reprint for the first time in many many years. This also marks the first eBook printing of this novel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not As Strong As Books 1 & 2 12 février 2014
Par Art - Publié sur
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This book is about the events of a single day. Although, as usual for this series, the chapters are written by different authors, this volume has a unified plot running thoughout the entire book -- actually one main plot, and two subplots. The main plot is that the Astromer is out to kill the Aces that beat him in book 2. Secondary plots include Wraith's (formerly known as Ghost Girl in Book 1) misadventures when she accidentally steals the wrong thing from a mob boss, and Alligator Jack looking for his niece Cordelia who suddenly left home in Louisianna for New York City. The subplots twist and turn and coincidentally overlap with each other, and to a lesser extent, the main plot. Thus, this feels like a single book written by a single author, even though, as usual, chapters are written by various authors. The writing is pretty engaging and well done, and carries you along nicely.

Although it is nice in some ways to have a cover-to-cover plot (as opposed to multiple discrete stories as found in many of the wild card books), there are a lot of negatives as well. First, the subplots, while well written and somewhat engaging, are perhaps a little trite or pointless, and get a lot of pages. For example, Ghost Girl (n/k/a Wraith), who had a one night misadventure in book 1, is the focus of one of the subplots in book 3 -- and has another one night misadventure. The only real difference is that she gets more pages here. Second, almost no new hero aces are introduced, and there are no new origin stories. Third, the only two villains we spend any time with (besides the Astronomer) both channel the bad experiences in their lives in the course of their kills -- Demise, a villain from book 2, channels his death experience using projective telepathy, and Roulette, a new villain, channels the birth of her baby with the Black Queen (a fatal Joker) to summon poison during sex. The similarity between these two villains is mirrored by the similarity between the Astronomer and Fortunato -- one draws power from sex, murder and torture, why the other draws power from sex. So, at least compared with other books in the series, there is somewhat of a lack of diversity and originality. Fourth, while Hiram has some time and Tachyon is involved, the most interesting characters from the prior books have at most cameos -- the main characters here are the Astronomer, the two villains that kill by channeling their bad experiences, Alligator Jack, Bagabond, Ghost Girl/Wraith, Hiram, Tachyon, Fortunato and Brennan (the Green Arrow type).

I read many of the Wild Cards books 20 years ago. I still remember favorite characters, heros and villains and events, from books 1 and 2, and some that I havent encountered yet in the first 3 books -- i.e., I remembered nothing about book 3. What is missing is the "Geez thats cool" factor found so often in books 1 and 2 -- there is nothing as inventive or original as, for example, Croyd or Modular Man's origin stories here. Nothing to remember.

Basically, you have to judge this book like a conventional book, on the strength of its plot, as there is not enough of the inventive, original, cool Aces and Jokers stuff from prior books. Although the writing is good, and the book is entertaining, the plot cant really compare to the plot of top fantasy books, and as a result, this book just didnt feel like anything special the way books 1 and 2 did.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good conclusion to the first story arc 3 avril 2014
Par John M. Vizcarra - Publié sur
Book three in the Wild Card series continues and concludes the story arc that runs through books 1 through 3. The style has evolved, however, and it is presented in a different manner that, I think, flows a little better. Previous volumes in the series were generally character-driven in each chapter, which was written by one of the contributing authors. In Jokers Wild, each chapter is an hour on Wild Card Day, the annual celebration (?) of the release of the Wild Card Virus. Each hour has many different characters in it, and it's a little harder to discern who is writing what. But ultimately, it flows quite well.

The story itself picks up after the events in book two, Aces High, in which The Astronomer was foiled by the Aces and dealt a resounding defeat. The Astronomer recruits a group of baddies to help him exact his final revenge against the Aces that participated in his humiliation.

All in all, a good conclusion to the 3-book arc that nicely wraps together the events started in book one. It also leaves plenty of room in this ready-built world for the 20-some-odd books that will follow.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating read 14 mars 2014
Par Takaboom - Publié sur
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The Wild Card series as a whole is filled with interesting and exciting characters. Joker's Wild takes several of the more intriguing characters from the previous story and adds a great deal of depth to them. The story itself is, as usual, a wild ride and leads the reader through some great highs and lows. Despite being the product of several different authors, you never feel as though the story is disjointed. My only complaint is that the next book, Aces Abroad, isn't available on the Kindle store yet!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great! 4 mars 2014
Par Matias Baader - Publié sur
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A great book all around... I've been reading the series since last year and its very intresting to see how the caracthers evolve. The order arrived a day earlier!

Thanks a lot!
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