Setting but nothing thematic connects the stories within. This was a little jarring. Also about one in three of the stories within were bad.
Disappointingly, this didn't quite live up to my expectations. I really liked the concept but wish the stories had tied together a little more. Some stories I really liked, others not so much. I had difficulty connecting with some of the characters in the stories-- I didn't like some of them and didn't really care about them. I also had a lot of questions about how the virus affected people so far away from NYC where it was dispersed. This question nagged at me for much of the book but was thankfully answered in the Appendix. I wish that information had been shared earlier. I switched between the audiobook and the kindle and think I preferred reading it over listening to it. Luke Daniels is a great narrator but I think the book would have done better with different narrators for each story so the same voice wasn't used for each main character. Overall, not a bad read but not so great that I think I will read more in the series.
I read and listen.
I did not like this storyline. It shows it age and the general eighties mind set. The idea of wild cards is interesting and the initial stories are good and settle pace. The later stories just drilled on and was generally depressing.
The best part of this book is the very satisfying world building. It is especially admirable since the stories are written by a number of authors. But the number of authors is also its weakness. There is some great stuff here like the story of the "great and powerful turtle" and others so bad I actually skipped halfway through. The fictionalized history also works well tying real history with the story of the super powered "wildcards". I found some of the sixties set stories especially annoying though: the same sex, drugs, and rock and roll junk we've seen a hundred times before.
Not the best but definitely not the worst.
Realistic themes that apply to the Aces, Jokers and Nats in their world. You'd be hard pressed to find a better sci-fi super-hero novel elsewhere.
Luke does a great job. But this is a hindsight review, and the newer audiobooks of Wild Cards with the assorted cast is vastly better.
Aces Abound. But I think just plain Wild Cards would be best.
Croyd is my favorite so far!
I listened to this for about 6 hours. the second story about the infected kid was pretty good and drew me in. then it was story after story of politics, court proceedings, and really uneventful dramas.
I skimmed the next five chapters, listening to about an hour of each, hoping it would get better. it didn't. this book somehow managed to make having superpowers mind-numbingly tedious.
The first few stories were very 1940's kids stuff. "Jet Boy"?
The only story I found interesting and engaging was Zelazny's.
Then the stories devolved into porn.
I did not finish this anthology and will not follow any more of the series.
Looked good on the outside, didn't live up to the hype.