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Wild Cards I | [George R. R. Martin (editor), Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass, Carrie Vaughn, David Levine, Lewis Shiner, Howard Waldrop]

Wild Cards I

In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.
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Publisher's Summary

In the aftermath of WWII, an alien virus struck the Earth, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Originally published in 1987, the newly expanded saga contains additional original stories by eminent writers.

©1986, 2010 George R.R. Martin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    P 11-13-11
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    "10 out of ten for style..."

    With a cast of writers such as W J Williams and the late, great Roger Zelazny (who is NOT listed as an author, though his character Croyd Crieghton (sp?) is one of the best), this is a great anthology by great science fiction authors in the tradition of great "comic books." Good work, and I look forward to the next three chapters.
    "If it's Demise, Don't look in his eyes..."
    Enjoy.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Erik 12-08-14
    Erik 12-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator is rough"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Different narrator. Quicker story.


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    I wish I could have gotten past the narrator to be able to comment on the story, but I couldn't. Narrator was very, very boring. From what I got through, the story seemed very slow paced. Not at all what I was expecting based on other reviews.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Honestly, I hate critiquing without being able to provide feedback, but I'm not a voice actor so I really don't know. The narrator sounded bored throughout the entire time I listened. If the narrator isn't even into the story, why should I be?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 12-03-14
    Christopher 12-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A diamond in the rough."

    This book can be gritty, fun, and cynical all in a single paragraph. This is not a superhero story, it is a look at an alternate history told through the eyes of a handful of people who have, or work with people who have superpowers or vastly grotesque disfigurements. You grow to love some of the characters. You may not empathize with the ones that make us hope we would have been better than them, but you will at least understand their reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 11-06-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "An awesome concept."

    Wild Cards I is the first book in a series spanning nearly 30 years. Edited by George R R Martin and co-written by a selection of best selling author's, this book tells the story of Earths first encounter with Alien Tachyon and the wild card virus. It introduces us to Jetboy, The Sleeper, Ghost Girl, Bagabond and the Puppetman, as well as many other aces and Jokers. It is a great concept, the stories well written and is well narrated by Luke Daniels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Wise Round Rock, TX, US 06-02-14
    Joy Wise Round Rock, TX, US 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Alien virus changes history in a sort of dull way"
    What did you like best about Wild Cards I? What did you like least?

    The concept for the book is interesting, But what's missing is excitement. The book sort of grinds on. It's like each author didn't want to out-strip all the others by writing a fantastic story.


    Would you recommend Wild Cards I to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. I like long books, but this couldn't keep my attention long enough to finish it.


    Was Wild Cards I worth the listening time?

    Not in my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Clark Florida 01-13-14
    J. Clark Florida 01-13-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Sould have stopped while they were ahead!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book started out great. Very interesting concept and some well written stories, unfortunately, the book "overstayed it's welcome". I rarely do not finish a book but after putting hours into it, I finally let it go. The writing was just too uneven. One story would be great, followed by an average or below average one. In the end, it wore me down and I stopped listening. If you catch it on sale, get it, otherwise think long and hard before using a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Wodonga, Australia 08-11-13
    Matt Wodonga, Australia 08-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating idea, well executed"
    What other book might you compare Wild Cards I to and why?

    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.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brilliant narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-02-13
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    "This caught me by surprise!"

    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.

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    Joel Jonestown, PA 07-24-13
    Joel Jonestown, PA 07-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Must read scifi for superhero fans"

    If you like superhero comics but struggle to find interesting reading, Wild Cards is perfect. The sophistication and quality is remarkable.

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    chris Eden Prairie, MN, United States 06-08-13
    chris Eden Prairie, MN, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2010

    I read perhaps 1 or 2 books a year before Audible. Now I listen to 1 or 2 books a month. I'm mostly listen to sci-fi, fantasy, and classics. I'm a software developer and tabletop game designer.

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    "Disjointed by Good"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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