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.
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..."
Great voices and entertaining acting
Weak insipid stories. A fantastic concept with terrible execution. Each story is about fantastical characters doing very boring things.
The main character, through most of the stories, is a brilliant alien that dresses like Liberace (a detail completely irrelevant to the plot, but is often referenced) and spends most of his time crying. Really literally crying, and about everything.
The super powered "Aces" never create any tension. The are never in danger of a conflict they can't win, so all of the drama is historical melodrama.
A good example of this is a superman analog that betrays his long time friends for fear of going to Jail in the historical Red hunt for communists. Really? super-man afraid of jail? He then spends the rest of the story mopping around as only a slightly rich movie star.
I was so disappointed in this. The stories often fade out with no sense of climax.
Different narrator. Quicker story.
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.
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?
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.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
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.
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.
I would not recommend this book. I like long books, but this couldn't keep my attention long enough to finish it.
Not in my opinion.
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.
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.
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