It's somewhat similar to Metatropolis, in that it's various authors writing in a shared world, with cross over of characters and events. Wild Cards is more of an integrated whole though.
OK, so I didn't know what to listen to next and this book had been in my library for some time, so ... why not?
I really enjoyed it. The stories were 'out there', the story telling was 1st class, and it hung together pretty well.
Yeah, I would have liked for some of the individual stories fleshed out a bit. Some needed an ending - I was left hanging wondering "So what happens to them next?", but overall this was super(b).
I've just bought the sequel so I guess that tells you all you need to know.
If you like superhero comics but struggle to find interesting reading, Wild Cards is perfect. The sophistication and quality is remarkable.
As with anything with multiple authors, this book is disjointed and inconsistent. Some of the styles of the authors clash, but the overall premised and setting is very entertaining. Even with the inconsistencies, there wasn't a clunker in this mix of short stories that ranged from good to great.
It's easy to find stuff copied from Wild Cards that went into a few of the similar themed TV shows (heros, alphas, etc..). Now that all those shows have failed, they should really make a Wild Cards show.
There's some fake articles in collection. One imitates Hunter S. Thompson and is worth the price of admission.
Aliens, superheroes, mutant monsters, shapechangers and more - Wild Cards creates a world with all of these and more in a series of short stories artfully woven together to create characters and plots that flow consistently throughout the book. Writing styles differ, of course, but the overall quality remains excellent throughout. The fine stories are further enhanced by Luke Daniels' terrific and consistent voicing of a whole world of characters. I ordered Wild Cards because of my enjoyment of his reading the Iron Druid Chronicles, and I was not disappointed. Read this one before you read Wild Cards 2, but get them both!
I didn't realize that this was a collection of short stories or vignettes written by multiple authors, or that it was set over a long string of years in the past (1940 to 1970's) but it was surprisingly engaging and each story had me waiting on the next. It was also well read, including the multiple voices of characters who transcended through each story.
A compelling story, with unique plot twists that connect all the different vignettes together.
I don't think I have.
Say something about yourself!
Have one author. Take the original story arc then go through it to a conclusion.
After a while, the same old 'poor fellow' concept gets tiring very quickly.
The original idea was very good. I wish the follow up stories took better advantage of it.
Good voices, characterizations, pace and style.
Why can't Men stop the falsetto when speaking as a woman?
All they need to is stop the vibrations in their voice box and speak a half octave higher.
His "girl voice" needs work.
Sure just like all the other depressing series we see on tv.
The story idea is very good.
However the story arc is then given to a number of authors who feel it is their job to show how horrible things can turn out.
Although entertaining, about half way through the 'book' you get the idea it's the same old same old.
The reader is very good.
But I won't bother with Wild Cards II nor any other in the series.
Just one original idea then a whole bunch of 'I'm so creative' writers who aren't.
I had originally encountered Melinda Snodgrass in another of GRRMartin's anthologies. For me these are perfect. The stories last long enough for my commute to and from work. They are a great way to sample new authors, and Martin has a way of picking new ones. His introductions frame his selection process and are pieces I have used in school to introduce high school students to ways of thinking about literature.
One of my first adult reading level books i bought with my own cash. Unlike other favorites from back in the day this one has not lost its ability to make me dream of flying.
pleasant bald person
This is a historical-speculative "novel in stories." I was expecting a series of fun modern-day superhero romps. This is FAR more focused on the history (the authors' research shows in every detail of a 1946 fighter jet's attack strategy, or in the options of what there is to eat on the shelves), a little more on the traditional heroics, and almost nothing on making the characters interesting or human. The deadly mistake this series makes--and it's a whole series allegedly about superheroes, so this seems especially odd--is to spend upwards of 50 pages in an opening "chapter" that tells the story of Jet Boy, a 19-year-old fighter pilot with no superpowers, no particularly fierce conflict (except a vague unease about being back in the states now that the war is over), and no characteristics that made him worth reading about. If I could have skipped to the next story, I would have.
But even when the stories are pretty good, as in the second chapter by Roger Zelazny—which, by the way, is 90 MINUTES after the book starts; that's how much Jet Boy history we're subjected to—there doesn't seem to be much fun going on. This series—which I assume takes us to the present day eventually, yes?—is far more concerned with working out the background historical details of this superpowered world (complete with a huge long McCarthyism section) than it is with delivering anything like traditional comic book joy. I'm happy that this crazy idea of superheroic fiction actually took off long enough to spawn upwards of 20 sequels. How it managed to do so with this heavy lead weight at the front of its series is anyone's guess.