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Wild Cards: Jokers Wild

Wild Cards: Jokers Wild [Kindle Edition]

George R. R. Martin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The first trilogy of the Wild Cards series comes to a shocking conclusion in this superhero epic edited by bestselling author of GAME OF THRONES, George R. R. Martin.

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Amidst the fun and festivities of Wild Card Day there is an evil mind lurking, who hopes that the celebrations will go off with more than a band. The streets of New York have erupted in celebration of Wild Card Day - the annual event held every September 15th to remember the dead and cherish the living. It is a day for fireworks, street fairs and parades, for political rallies and memorial banquets, for drinking and fighting in the alleys. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And this year - 1986, the fortieth anniversary - promises to be the biggest and best Wild Card Day ever. The media and tourists have discovered the celebration, and taverns and restaurants expect record-setting. But lurking in the background is a twisted genius who cares nothing for the fun and festivity. The Astronomer has only one concern: destruction...

Featuring plotlines and writing from George RR Martin, John J. Miller, Lewis Shiner, Melinda Snodgrass and more, this novel wraps up the opening WILD CARDS series, while also setting the stage for future adventures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 705 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7ZJQX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book2 15 Aug 2013
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Second in the series, continues the theme developed in book 1 but now the chapters and characters are better defined and the story line moves on. A very satisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice concept well executed 19 April 2014
By M. King
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Take diverse writers and get them to tell stories about super heroes and then tie all the diverse stories into a novel.

A huge challenge but for it works well and its s thoroughly enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book! 1 Sep 2013
By Ikuagon
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Well written, it's like nothing i've ever read before, well worth a read! It's my favorite book in the series so far!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mosiac Masterpiece 30 April 2013
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If you are thinking of purchasing this book i have one piece of advise for you read both wild cards and Aces High first you don't have to the story works alright as a standalone but is so much more rewarding as the final part of the first wild card trilogy. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable 1 Dec 2013
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First warning - this book is a completely different format to the first, and to be honest I don't like the change. The stories work better separately, not shoehorned together into this mishmash. Vitally important plotlines are mixed in with other stories that are quite frankly irrelevant and dull.
Second problem (much bigger): unfortunately the biggest problem I have with this and all the wild-card books is that the alternative timeline it describes is extremely badly thought through, as a consequence of shifting it's trigger event (the release of the alien virus) to the end of the 1940s instead of the 1980s as originally planned. An alien virus destroys one of the biggest and most important cities in the world; gives people superhuman powers; proves the existence of alien life, and then apparently America goes on to elect exactly the same presidents, film exactly the same movies, produce exactly the same music and go through exactly the same wars (with exactly the same results) as our original timeline!!! It's a complete failure of imagination and I found it jarring every time a cultural reference was made that should not have happened in their world.
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