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Wild Cards [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

George R. R. Martin , Luke Daniels
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26 Jun 2012 Wild Cards (Book 1)
A world of Wild Cards! The alien virus arrived on Earth just after World War II and the world was never the same. For those who become infected, there are two results; death, or transformation. And depending on the recipient, death is sometimes the preferable outcome. Only a few lucky ones become super-human 'aces' as a side effect of the virus; the rest are turned into horrible, grotesque 'jokers'. It's a strange and wonderful, terrible and terrifying world where anything can go. A world that, in a twist of fate, could lie just outside your door.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (26 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455890952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455890958
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 13.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,111,718 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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The return of the famous shared-world superhero books created and edited by George R. R. Martin, author of A GAME OF THRONES! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Normal 0 false false false 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 I 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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super heroes in the real world 6 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is wonderful stuff. The premise is that an alien virus infects Earth in 1945, producing "Aces" -super talented people, and "Jokers" bizarrely mutated creatures. They thus survive with the rest of the world, occasionally interfering in real events. A benevolent member of the alien species, Dr. Tachyon, stays on Earth to help deal with the outcome.
The book brilliantly captures the mood of paranoia, as HUAC and Joe McCarthy turn their attention to Aces. It also shows up the shameful treatment meted out to Henry Wallace for being "too" anti-fascist. In the book he employs Aces to overthrow fascist dictators in South America.
Later books show the introduction of drugs, the role of Islamic fundamentalism, the Vietnam war and so on.
If you love serious comics and sci-fi, you'll love this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How it all began. . . 2 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Having loved the latest Wild Cards triad (Inside Straight, Busted Flush, and Suicide Kings, I was curious to read about how it all began. And with Tor Books reissuing the original Wild Cards installments, I wasn't going to miss out on the opportunity.

Here's the blurb:

Back in print after a decade, expanded with new original material, this is the first volume of George R. R. Martin's Wild cards shared-world series.

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 were termed 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.

Originally published in 1987, Wild Cards I includes powerful tales by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R. R. Martin himself. And this new, 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.

I remember being concerned about the mosaic novel format when I first read Inside Straight, fearing possible glitches in terms of continuity, consistency, chronology, style and tone. I was worried about how the individual stories would fit and further the plot of the overall story arc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Beginings 28 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I came to this book and this series, after attending a panel by George R.R. Martin, and other contributors to Wildcards, at Eastercon. I am a big Song of Fire and Ice fan, and this other aspect of George R.R. Martin's writing appealed to me.
I was intrigued with the idea of a shared world sci-fi anthology and the super hero elements. What I discovered having read the book was something a whole lot more sophisticated than what I imagined.
The stories exist in a world that is not just a sci-fi setting but also brings in alternative history and political elements. I was very much reminded of Alan Moore's Watchmen.
Each individual story tends to deal with a different Ace, Joker or situation and are of varying quality (though non of them are a bad read). This and the fact that each story can seem a bit disjointed from the next is the reason I gave it four stars. I think, however, that is the very nature of the project and am looking forward to seeing how this develops over the rest of the series. Books two and three are on my shelf and next on the list. Can't wait to read them.
Aces High (Wild Cards)
Wild Cards: Jokers Wild v. 3
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better every time I read it 13 May 2011
By Halo572
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
being at least the 3-4 time in the last 20+ years and primarily because the more of the books you read the more you pick up on the references that you would never have before.

This is undoubtedly the strength of this series, the sheer volume of character development and back history throughout the existing 21 volumes that is still evident in the 21st volume that I recently read.

I did start rereading my original 1989 copy, idly looking it up on Amazon to see if it was available second hand. I noticed this reprint edition, with no real interest to buy, as a book is a book no matter what print run it comes from.

I then noticed that there were 3 new stories included and despite being a hardened consumer I had to have the reprint to see what had been added. It also did not help that there is very little information to be found on what the stories actually are to evaluate their worth.

A blog entry by Martin in 2009 stated that due to the decade leaping nature of the book that 3 stories had been added from differing decades, easily being slotted into the continuum as there are so many gaps.

The first - 1956 Captain Cathode v the Secret Ace - is about a secret ace television producer having problems with his series star actor with a side plot of the Medusa killings. Short and forgettable.

Second - 1960 Powers - Another secret ace in a cold war rescue story. Again short but more entertaining than the first.

Third - 1981 Ghost Girl takes Manhattan - The best of the three as it takes the already known Jennifer Maloy - Ghost Girl, and makes this her first appearance in the WC universe over her future appearance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Series
This wildy entertaining series is wonderfully read. A very highly recommended audiobook and I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Published 3 months ago by Simon Muir
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, without a weak story in the pack
An alien species decides to use Earth to test a new bioweapon. An airborne criminal seizes the weapon and tries to use it to blackmail the city of New York. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Whitehead
3.0 out of 5 stars Too political
I bought this with more action & adventure in mind, however, found it to be too heavy on war, Nixon and other politics. If you have read or seen 'watchmen' you'll have an idea. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lee Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
I had a hard time putting this down and stayed up so late just to read one more chapter. It's full of characters that weave a well- written story that makes you want more. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ro
2.0 out of 5 stars Stories are quite hit or miss
While this collection of stories has a strong opening and an excellent narrative tying it together, about halfway into the book the stories become self-indulgent and dull. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cordwainer Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
The wild cards is the best series of books i've read in a long time, this book doesnt disapoint me!
Published 10 months ago by Ikuagon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what I expected...
Kindle Edition ordered and arrived with their customary warp-speed, just not sure what I expected from this series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by scarecrow1960
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept
An anthology of stories set in real-life events, with a background arc. Great fun in a variety of different styles. Absolutely loved it!
Published 11 months ago by Driver Baz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Cards
Fantastic book - full of imagination and makes you really think. Totally different from anything else, well worth reading.
I did not want to put the book down.
Published 11 months ago by Craftaholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Idea
This is a themed collection of chapters by several authors which works on the whole. Being the first means there are some disjointed parts where the differing writing styles reall... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Richard J. Coggins
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