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Busted Flush (Wild Cards Novel (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2009

3.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765357135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765357137
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 3.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,658,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delicious Everything I'd hoped for in a new "Wild Cards" book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I'd expect out of a George R. R. Martin project.--Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, on Inside Straight"

Delicious Everything I'd hoped for in a new "Wild Cards" book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I'd expect out of a George R. R. Martin project. Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, on Inside Straight

A new beginning This fast-paced and sardonic story will appeal to comic book aficionados and heroic fantasy fans alike. "Publishers Weekly on Inside Straight""

Delicious Everything I'd hoped for in a new Wild Cards book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I'd expect out of a George R. R. Martin project. Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, on Inside Straight

A new beginning This fast-paced and sardonic story will appeal to comic book aficionados and heroic fantasy fans alike. Publishers Weekly on Inside Straight

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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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This book really suffers from one big problem it's the middle book in a trilogy and as such has the burden of carrying the story on but not really leading it anywhere of interest.

Now there are some good plot points, the return of the Radical, now as mad as a sack of badgers and at the head of an African liberation army is a promising thread and is the strongest of the book, the theme of what happens when the worlds most powerful ace flips is a good one, also the plot surrounding Niobe (a living baby farm) and Drake (the little fat boy, literally) is also good and really the main meat in the story, other plot threads try to get interesting but mostly add very little (also the Curve ball/Fortune/Drummer Boy love triangle is just so dull) such as zombies, a hurricane, a war for oil, some lesbianism for cheep titillation and some out of date British stereotypes (we are all Cecil Rhodes with bad teeth, apparently.)

so overall not bad, it does feel like a middle volume but the ending does set it up nicely for the next book.
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The new trilogy of Wild Cards books continues and by and large this has revived this line of 'mosaic' books. Like most of the previous volumes different writers produce different sections which are overseen and then stiched together by George RR Martin.

In general an easy if perhaps a little uninvolving read. Maybe it suffers from being the middle book of a trilogy?

My main problem with the novel comoes down to what might be considered the central strand of the novel - that of Noel Matthews, the British Ace and secret service double agent written by Melinda Snodgrass. The sections set in the UK or featuring British characters is full of English sterotypes, even down to the old one about British teeth. Maybe you can forgive having a British character referring to a rubbish bin as a trash can or to a Wal-Mart store in England instead of ASDA (which is how everyone knows that chain), but the sterotyping comes across either as a failed joke or simply a writer who doesn't care enough to do basic fact checking.

If you can get past that the actual story is quite good. Perhaps its a little more disjointed than usual with ongoing storylines spread right around the planet, but again, this might be middle-book syndrome. Still, its a good entry in the long running series and I am looking forward to finding out how this trilogy ends.
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First of all, despite my qualms, I'm more than happy to see a renewed strong showing for the Wild Cards book series. This new trilogy is just what I expect from competent genre fiction - page-turners with plenty of action. To an extent I can overlook characters of restricted depth.

Sadly for latecomers it looks like Inside Straight, the first of this new Wild Cards sequence, is already close to out of print.

That being said, I think you can pick up what's going on in Busted Flush without reading the previous book. The new-minted characters for this sequence are largely graduates of a superhero reality show, so basic character and relationship lines were drawn there and powers aren't necessarily re-explained in depth. Judging by the filling in for characters established in earlier Wild Card runs, some of which I only vaguely remember, there's enough information to work with.

There's a deliberate attempt to adult-orient the stories by putting the series at the front-line of contemporary global issues. In the first book the heroes who failed out of the reality show end up re-fighthing the gulf war. This volume revisits hurricane Katrina, the way the US treats "prisoners of war", and the situation in a non-specific Africa-zania.

There are, inevitably, tropes and cliches at work. In the tradition of none-more-literary sources than what I remember of X-Men comics, there's a wild card/mutant being held in a secret facility set up to hold people with powers and exploit them for military gain. The difference is that the power is driven by sexual activity. In fact, across the books there is more (fairly badly written) sex that you might expect from a superhero franchise, but that's a flaw that runs back through all the Wild Card series.
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I've read all of the Wild Cards books and enjoyed them up until now. Now and again they have trespassed outside their self-defined remit deriving from the original premise of the virus and its effects and the human or super human stories that emerge from that premise. 'Trespass' meaning trying, by one or two of the mosaic authors, to get a message across relevant to world events that resemble those in our version of reality. This never works; it didn't work in the earlier novels and certainly doesn't in this one. Mixing the power fantasy abilities of superheroes with the political realities of our wretched world is like trying to mix oil and water. It didn't work in those comics that had Captain America, etc fighting against Hitler in WW2 because if all our power fantasies were allowed to conclude in a satisfactory fashion our superhero would entirely wipe the floor with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and all the other demons that have inhabited our reality. This self evidently did not happen and so we have an uncomfortable and painful clash between our fantasy world and reality; psychiatrists may say in this we have taken the first steps on the path to psychosis! In 'Busted Flush' our heroes face some of the same problems our soldiers are facing in Iraq and Afghanistan: killing women and children not because this is the aim of the mission but because they quite understandably hate Western armies invading their countries and fight back; killing thousands in Africa as 'collateral damage' to the use of super powers and modern military technology. Religion seems to be left in the background (probably the best place for it).Read more ›
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