Wild Cards

Wild Cards Just after World War over New York City an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive to create super heroes and villains Most victims die others experience physical or psychic chang

Wild Cards Wild Cards is a series of science fiction superhero shared universe anthologies, mosaic novels, and solo novels written by a collection of than forty authors referred to as the Wild Cards Trust and edited by George R R Martin and co edited by Melinda M Snodgrass.Set largely during an alternate history of post World War II United States, the series follows humans who contracted the Wild Wild Cards The Guide to George R.R Martin s Wild Cards Wild Cards The online guide to George RR Martin s Wild Cards series Want to know how it all started What each book is about Who the main characters are Wild Cards I Expanded Edition George R R Martin, Wild Wild Cards I Expanded Edition George R R Martin, Wild Cards Trust on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Soon to be a TV show on Hulu Back in print after a decade, expanded with new original material Wild Cards I Expanded Edition Kindle Edition Wild Cards I Expanded Edition Kindle edition by Wild Cards Trust, George R R Martin Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Wild Cards I Expanded Edition. Wild Cards News George R.R Martin Category Archives Wild Cards News MISSISSIPPI ROLL RELEASED December , The th installment of the Wildcards mosaic anthologies was released Wild Cards Excerpt George R.R Martin A Long Night at the Palmer House by John Jos Miller Part It had been one hundred and forty two years since John Nighthawk had been inside the Palmer House, and then it had been the earlier incarnation of the luxurious Chicago hotel, known simply as the Palmer. Wild card Wild card most commonly refers to Wild card card games , a playing card that substitutes for any other card in card games Wild card sports , a tournament or playoff place awarded to an individual or team that has not qualified through normal play Wild card foresight , low probability, high impact events Wild card, wild cards or Wildcard may also refer to Gift Cards Buffalo Wild Wings The perfect present for anyone, anytime Give the gift of wings, beer, and sports with a Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. Wild Animal Word Cards PreKinders These printable wild animal picture word cards include mostly African safari animals, but a few other wild animals There are cards in all Find Wild Animal Activities for Preschool here African animal cards include lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, hyena, crocodile, ostrich, gazelle, baboon Also included tiger and peacock Indian animals , panda DLTK s Custom Greeting Cards BACK to Printable Cards Index DLTK s Crafts for Kids Custom Greeting Cards Ready Click here to begin If you are looking for a way to create a themed greeting card with a custom, personal message, then you have come to the right place.

  • Title: Wild Cards
  • Author: George R.R. Martin
  • ISBN: 9781852862787
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Just after World War 2 over New York City, an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive to create super heroes and villains Most victims die, others experience physical or psychic changes aces have useful powers, deuces minor maybe entertaining abilities, jokers uglified, disabled, relegated to ghettos.

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    1. A kind editor pointed GRRM my way when he decided to have a Wild Cards book set in the UK and wanted more British authors on board. Actually as a dual national I'm half American, but I've spent 90%+ of my life here.Anyway, Wild Cards is a franchise spanning 30+ years in real time and 60+ years in book time, and sprawls over 23 (& counting volumes).The good thing is that although all that alternate history and the cast of characters are there to be used, most of the books (all of which compri [...]

    2. I haven't read more than a snippet or two from George R.R. Martin (I could not get into A Game of Thrones), so it wasn't George's reputation that lured me into picking this up. It was actually Daniel Abraham's Wild Card short story in an anniversary anthology from Tor. He created a haunting vision of a New York superhero and her desire for normalcy. Somehow, that lead me to the Wild Card series (no doubt late night sleep-surfing around ) and the discovery that Roger Zelazny was a contributor. As [...]

    3. This series first came to my attention with the free short story on Tor, "The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown" Read my review of it here if you like.---At the time I read the above short story and was adding Fort Freak to my wishlist, I hadn't realized it was a series (wasn't paying attention, oops) and was a little wary of how many books there were but decided to give it a shot anyways.Very glad I did :).Many people are fascinated by superpowers/superheroes (Xmen, Wonder Woman, Superman, Ca [...]

    4. Amazing plot, but I didn’t like the execution.I absolutely loved the story (which is why I gave it 4 stars). It reminded me of The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson, which is one of my favourite series of all time. People with supernatural powers, Government, X-Men+Chronicle. What more do you need?For a while it was exactly what I wanted it to be. It was perfect, things were developing slowly. It was an atypical story (I’m talking about the alternative history and the way the powers manifested [...]

    5. Almost 5 stars. Martin, the editor, outlined the universe, very similar to ours except for the (view spoiler)[alien 'wild card' virus in it (hide spoiler)]. Then he turned some of the best SF/Fantasy writers loose. Wow. History is rewritten in some interesting ways, but filled with familiar figures. Imagine Kennedy, McCarthy, Nixon, Humphrey & all dealing with the wild cards. Comic, tragic, vile & heroic, but all larger than life, these characters bring to life so many of the attitudes & [...]

    6. I started this book last year for the one and only reason that it was directed by George Martin, and I was in love with his style from his now well-known and massively-mediatized series,A Song of Ice and Fire . I loved that series, every second of it, so here I was bouncing up and down when I heard that George Martin was the editor to another series, and not just ANY kind of series, but one that took 21 books to be written. Wait for me, heaven of long stories, I'm just around the corner. So I go [...]

    7. Started this one out of curiosity when I heard it will be turn into a TV show: theguardian/books/201From my POV, I think the movie/show will be better than the book. Also, had it been a graphic novel, I would have enjoyed it better, I guess. But as a book, is too cartoon-ish and I wasn't drawn into it. Maybe will try another in the series at some other time

    8. Just to be a completest, I read the three stories added to the 2010 re-release of Wild Cards.Good stuff, for the most part. They don't really add a lot to the volume, but they're a decent inclusion. "Ghost Girls Take Manhattan" was a very good story on its own. That didn't surprise me, as I'm a fan of Carrie Vaughn's writing already.

    9. I first heard of this book a few years ago when I read GRRM: A RRetrospective which included one of George R. Martins contributions to the first volume. Ever since that little glimpse I was hooked and wanted to read more. Finally I got my hands on a copy.Wild Cards is set in an alternate reality which broke away in the 1940's just after WW2. An alien virus was released over Manhattan which could affect people in one of 3 ways - kill them (90%), mutate them into a deformed creature (called a Joke [...]

    10. Mi-a plăcut enorm acest volum care nu e tocmai un roman, dar nici chiar o antologie. Sunt într-adevăr mai multe povești plasate în același univers, dar ele se îmbină și se înrudesc mai ales prin personajele recurente, dar și prin fragmentele de legătură. E ca un colaj al unei lumi, realizat din mai multe perspective.Iar lumea e superbă și fascinantă, e un univers cu super-eroi, dar nu unul plin de glume și de culoare, cum e cel Marvel, ci mult mai gri și mai realist. M-a dus pu [...]

    11. I have explained in the past that I am not a massive fan of short story collections but there is an exception to every rule. In my opinion, The Wild Cards novels are the best ongoing series of short stories available today. When I heard that Tor Books was re-releasing the first novel I felt compelled to immediately start re-reading my old copy.How best to describe the concept of Wild Cards? The quick answer would be – imagine an alternative Earth where an alien virus has been released and as a [...]

    12. The editor created a game world for fellow writer friends who contributed chapters. Just after WW2, an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive. Most victims die, others experience physical or psychic changes: aces have useful powers, deuces minor maybe entertaining abilities, jokers uglified, disabled, relegated to ghettos. Some smiles, more despair. Real historical issues are based on fact. Red Tail US airborne, first and only black unit, never lost a bomber they escorted, alth [...]

    13. You never know what you’re getting with an anthology, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It’s coherent, with a strong throughline and a unique and thought-provoking take on both superheroes and especially post-WWII America. In short, I liked it—quite a bit. However, after mulling on it overnight, I had to deduct a star just because I also feel it’s ultimately takes an extremely degrading approach to women. The majority of the authors and characters are male, which I have no pr [...]

    14. Wild Cards—This collection of shor t stories is generally good, though, there are some things that bother me about it, but the quality of writing and much of the content are things that I like in stories, especially short stories, as are the subjects highlighted by the writing. It’s not all done as I prefer however. I’ll get into that shortly.The premise of “Wild Cards” is that an advanced (in some ways) alien culture had become aware of earth and, because earthlings had similar physio [...]

    15. Why did I not know this existed before Nemira published it? Is it possible that "Game of Thrones" hid everything else George R.R. Martin ever did, since it's "not at all like Game of Thrones, so ignore"? Anyway, to call "Wild Cards" a short story anthology would be a bit like saying "A Superman omnibus is a short story anthology". Technically, that's what's going on: you have stories written by different authors, collected by an editor and sold together. Practically, you have a single world, cha [...]

    16. At the end of the second world war, in 1946, an alien virus (later called the wild card virus) is released into the atmosphere above New York. Some of the population are killed, others are given extraordinary powers (aces) and horrible curses (jokers). Jokers, usually horribly disfigured, are thrown away by society and left to wallow in Jokertown; where crime and violence is rampant. Meanwhile some aces become 'superheroes,' fighting for the innocent and downtrodden, while others use their super [...]

    17. Wild Cards is not written by G.R.R. Martin. Not all of it. He created the world surrounding this story, but this is an anthology of stories set in his Wild Card setting. Now you will be treated to one short story and a few Interludes from G.R.R. Martin- but the vast majority of this book is written by a variety of authors. As with any anthology the quality of the stories varies. For the most part I enjoyed them. There was really only one (Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan) that I didn't like. So what i [...]

    18. Sigh. More reason to dislike Martin and most male sci-fi authors. Under the pretense of a "realistic" take on superheroes male authors yet again manage to equate reality with lots of rape and prostitutes and passive women who need men to survive. This isn't reality. These authors have serious emotional problems. Whether it's Martin, most of the authors in this book, Heinlein, Frank Miller, etc. it's always the same. Their talent is just drowned in their own pathetic insecurities written on every [...]

    19. WILD CARDS I just barely made three stars (2.5) for me. I liked a few stories in it (there was even a four-star tale here and there; counterbalanced by a few one-star efforts), but the overall achievement was merely "okay." Many of the shorts were solid in execution, but the book itself was quite hit-and-miss in the overall spirit of the "Golden Age of Heroes" and actually depressing, stamping a rather dejected impression on me in the larger sense. Will I read more in this series? It seems to be [...]

    20. Two things have kept me from reading this series for quite some time:1) The "mosaic" novel aspect: I felt that switching authorial voices every chapter would dilute the storytelling.2) I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy "superhero" stories without the sequential art.For reservation number 1, it wasn't the switching authorial voices that bothered me, it was the lack of a narrative through-line. And reservation number 2 ended up being a non-issue.This linked collection of short stories set in a shar [...]

    21. This is an excellent treatment of the pulp scifi genre. I especially like the way it embraces pulp without being self-referential. Breaking the story up between different writers also helps add to the feeling that the world of the Wild Card virus is a dynamic world, with numerous goings-on that can relate to each other in all kinds of ways.The stories are by turns intensely interpersonal, or action oriented, but they all juxtapose noir with the giddiness inherit to shared scifi - "Look at all th [...]

    22. This is an anthology of short stories, set in a shared universe, edited by George RR Martin (but note he does contribute stories as well as editing).The Wild Cards universe begins in 1946, the same as ours up until that point, then an alien virus known as the 'wild card' virus is unleashed over New York. The majority of affected people die from the virus. Of those that survive; A small percentage gain deformities - extra limbs etc (these are known as Jokers), an even smaller percentage gain supe [...]

    23. Nos encontramos con un rara avis dentro del mercado literario español: un compendio de relatos situados en el mismo mundo alternativo y editado para ganar coherencia por el mismo George R. R. Martin (del que se incluye un relato), sí, el autor de Juego de Tronos. Muchos de los nombres que firman los relatos no son precisamente conocidos, aunque alguno hay, como Roger Zelazny. Pero eso no es lo que más llama la atención de este compendio, sino el cuidado y el cariño que se le ha puesto. Se t [...]

    24. After finishing book 5 in Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, I knew I would have to wait at least a decade before I saw book 6. *just kidding George, now get back to writing*. In the interim, I decided to try and get my fix of Martin from his long running, shared world superhero anthology. The results is kind of a mixed bag. Some decent stories, some really good stories and some stories I'd rather not have read.I'll probably read future volumes since I like the idea of a more [...]

    25. The introduction was ok, but for me everything fell apart after that point. The first story after that of Jetboy was extremely painful for me so I tried to jump ahead to the one from GRRM, but I didn't enjoy that one any more than the first.

    26. This was immensely enjoyable! I was dubious going in just because of it's structure: A universe created by George R. R. Martin with many different authors writing their own stories that Martin then edits together and it's all supposed to make sense and not be uneven? Sureright.Well say what you will about that tubby, hat wearing, Stark killing, guy but he (they) really pulled it off. I'll do reviews of each segment and then wrap up at the end.Prologue by George R. R. Martin: This does a great jo [...]

    27. I won a copy of this from First Reads.I liked a number of the stories. It was in between a set of standalone stories and cohesive serial, but as a result, much of it felt like it was introducing the characters.Minutes over Broadway by Howard Waldrop (2/5) - introduces Jetboy, a fighter pilot war hero, and the wild card virus. It was filled with WWII references that went over my head, and I had a hard time getting into the story.The Sleeper by Roger Zelazny (3/5) - has one of the cooler wild car [...]

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