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ISBN:
0765326159
Author:
Wild Cards Trust,George R. R. Martin
Category:
Short Stories & Anthologies
Language:
English
Publisher:
Tor Books; First edition (November 23, 2010)
Pages:
496 pages
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1802 kb
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1886 kb
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1875 kb
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Rating:
4.8
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333


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  • Grosho
Wild Cards is an alternate universe where after World War II an alien race dropped a biobomb on the human race that created changes in some people .some were given super powers others were changed horribly and others died most were not affected at all . Selected authors have written stories in this shared universe Zelazny the Sleeper is probably the best along with origin story Thirty Minutes Over Broadway. There is talk of a TV series which would be interesting . Give it a try the stories are edited by George R R Martin of Game of thrones Fame
  • WinDImmortaL
This is the first book in a shared universe series where normal humans have been infected by an extra-terrestrial virus. The virus was designed to give the aliens super powers but still had some "bugs" in the process so they decided to test it on humans because we were biologically similar. Not quite sure how that works... :-) Anyway, one of the aliens tried to stop it but in true human fashion we messed that up. I won't go into any other details but the series is essentially several short stories that occur in the same shared world. Many excellent authors line the pages of the books and they are edited by George R. R. Martin. He has a few stories in there as well. The over all tone is kind of dark with spots of hopeful light shining through. This book starts us off and it's an interesting ride through the series, which has been picked up for television by Universal Cable Productions (UCP). I highly recommend the series, its not so much a superhero story as it is stories about people in all walks of life that happen to have super powers.
  • Kegal
My son picked out this book as he'd read all the books we have and hadn't read for awhile. I told him he needed to find something interesting so he could get busy reading like he used to. He loves this book. The stories are set in post world war II. There are many short stories written by many great authors including The Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin. It's a wonderful book for those of us who have a difficult time putting a good book down as you can choose to stop after each story. I'm so happy to see him addicted to another series. There are twelve books in the original series and three from Baen Books and 2 from ibooks inc. Should keep him busy for a bit. :)
  • Braned
I'm about 70 pages in right now. So I'll just give you a basic description that might be a bit more informative than the one given by Amazon. This is a compilation of short stories by various authors all writing in the same fictional universe. World War 2 has just ended; the US and Russia have split Berlin between them. America has their team of formerly-German scientists working to out-smart the Russians and prevent Communism from taking hold in Europe. Suddenly, an alien lands in the American desert, begging the military to let him speak to their leaders and allow him to have a battalion or two under his own command to help him search for a weapon that his government has decided (against many objections, including his own) to test on the human race before taking it into action in their own civil war. The problem is, these aliens are genetically identical to humans so nobody believes him... and while he is being interrogated and psychologically tested the device is accidentally found by some very disreputable people... and chaos ensues.

The gist of it is: the alien weapon works on people and has a dramatic effect on human society. Some people are not affected at all. Some people just die. Some die rather gruesomely. Some people have their DNA rearranged and their bodies disfigured... many of these also gain "super-powers" of one type or another. And a very small fraction of the population does not get disfigured but still gets the super-powers.

As I said I'm still less than halfway through, and so far it has really focused on the military response to the aliens and the threat they pose, but it seems to be starting to swing towards the more general effects that the alien contact has with society as a whole, and specifically how it changes the lives of a handful of colorful characters.

The different stories are written in the form of memoirs, diary entries, and transcripts from interviews as well as the more traditional narrative style. They are not all about the same characters and they don't all talk about the same events, but it's like each author gives someone's first-hand account of how the "Wild Cards" (that's what they call the ones who get super-powers and/or disfigurements from the alien weapon) came to be. There is a thread that links all the tales, but you might not realize how story A is linked to story B until you've read both C and D. (I'm speaking generically here, not trying to label specific stories.)

This story reminds me, in some ways, of the old serial novellas & "film noir" from the early 1900's. It's a bit fantastical, a little sci-fi, a little bit of period drama... and a healthy dose of adventure. It reads a little like a graphic novel except without the pictures. It's episodic, and the writing tends to be very descriptive about the characters (clothing styles, hair color, etc.) and their physical surroundings. The characters are not very complex; they're 1-dimensional (or 2-dimensional at best) and stereotypical but it's mostly done in such a way that it simplifies the story-telling without insulting the reader's intelligence. It's definitely not your typical sci-fi/superhero tale, but it's still good fun.
  • Bad Sunny
I hadn't heard about this series until I found out it is going to be an hbo show. Decided to try it out before it comes on t.v. This book is truly unlike anything else I've ever read. I was captivated from the very beginning. Don't be misled of you like George R. r. Martin because it is not like Game of Thrones. If you like comics and super heroes, this will appeal to you, but in a very different way. It's hard to explain, so just give it a shot and hopefully you'll be surprised like I was.