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Inside Straight (Wild Cards Novel) Hardcover – 1 Jan 2008


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765317818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765317810
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 3.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,165,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Halo572 on 4 Jan 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
and a hint of a little bit of repetition for readers already familiar with the series.

With the Wild Cards novels into the teens for the number of books this one makes not only a departure from the established cast but also fully embraces one of the most unfortunate aspects of the last decade in the form of an aces reality TV show. But in the true spirit of the books the story changes to a much darker one of joker genocide in Egypt, which is jarring and not that well handled in the transition.

The first half of the book is concerned with a new cast of aces being put through the trial of American Hero to see who will win $1 million. Old characters make an appearance in the form of Peregrine, Digger Downs, Topper and the Harlem Hammer along with a cameo by Golden Boy, but they are principally bit part and take no real role in the novel.

Fortunato's son John is put centre stage along with other aces that older readers will not know and newer ones will find more accessible as a starting point than other books in the series.

Despite personally despising reality TV the story is handled well and in the Wild Cards ironic style, although it does jump between the four teams and therefore lacks some character development for some of the myriad of new aces introduced.

By the middle of the book some of the failed contestants get involved in a storyline where John Fortune is the saviour of Egyptian jokers threatened by genocide. For me there was a resonance of the Bloat joker homeland storyline, albeit darkened by the genocide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Cheetham on 27 Mar 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've had this book for just over a year, but I managed to forget about it for a long time once I'd put it on my bookshelves, though I've finally now gotten around to reading it.

I'd never even heard of the Wild Cards series before reading it, so I no doubt missed a lot of references to previous books, and can't really compare it to what's gone on before. I do get the impression the Wild Cards universe does contain a lot of characters and would probably take some dedication to remember what each of them can do. However, this book does seem like a good starting point to get into the series.

The first half of Inside Straight focusses more on a light-hearted Big Brother style TV show, before going onto more political issues in the middle east. Unlike many super-hero books, it shows that the heroes are not as invulnerable as the likes of Superman and presents some moral choices for the characters.

I was especially impressed with how it all fit together with different authors writing different bits of it, and apart for around the time when the TV show plot fizzles out it all flows together nicely.

The blurb on the back confused me at first as it seems to relate to the whole new series, not this book specifically. I probably will read the next book at some point, but it's not something I intend to rush out and buy.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Latest in a long series of books called the wild cards series. for the uninitiated: in the 40's an alien virus was unleashed on earth. 90% of those infected are killed. 9% are horribly mutated. and the remaining one person gets an amazing superpower. this is the wild card virus. the mutated are called jokers and the one percent aces as a result. Thus the world as we know it is rather different here.

This is what they call a 'fix up' or a 'mosaic' novel, meaning that it consists of quite a few short stories each written by a different writer that all draw together to form one big story. each writer usually works on a different character.

This series has been running since the 80's, and it's the first new wild cards I've read in a while, so it was good to get back into it. Reality tv didnt exist back when these books started, but now it's all the rage, and it's present in the wild cards world as well.

This is, as mentioned in other reviews, a good jumping on point for new readers. there's a fair amount of background detail but you should be able to get through all that without being too confused.

It also tries hard to be realistic, with action scenes that don't skimp on the realities of violence - but are never gratuitious - and bits of strong language and a fair few adult situations.

People with powers are brought together from across america to appear on reality tv show american hero. The son of it's producer is a former ace who has lost his power. and meantime, there's potential genocide about to happen in the middle east.

a long book at over 400 pages, and it starts with a slightly uninvolving chapter detailing a superpowered spy on an assassination mission in the middle east.
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