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.
A collection of stories has stronger stories and worse stories.
This one has an awesome frame story and strong in-between moments written by the guy that wrote Game of Thrones.
It is a strong collection in my opinion because it is alternative historical fiction with a fantasy bent. As an alternative history, it's very interesting. Plus, I can't resist professionally written transformation stories. They're my favorite.
For adults who never wanted to leave comic books behind, and for SF fans willing to try out a new style of writing, this is an imaginative collection of related stories read by a gifted narrator who took all the nuances seriously.
This medley of interconnected works is brilliant and captivating. Each story is so unique and caring but so wonderfully recognizable as apart of the very same world.
It's astonishing that I've never heard of it! Glad that I now have.
just lots of short stories. I asked for a refund after almost 6 hours. You just get interested in one of the stories and then it's over and on to another story that may not be interesting. Very disappointing. Not written by George R R Martin either . I didn't realise that as his name was so large that I thought it was one of his.
the narrator does do an excellent job though. I do Mr Daniels
If this were more of a cohesive book I would have liked it better, but this writing within a world of super powers is well done and exquisitely read.
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.
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.
I guess this book is good enough but it's certainly not as engaging and interesting as many of the other books that I've listened to previously. Audible's ratings always seem to be on the high side, but how this rates 5 stars in anyone's book is beyond me ... but to each their own. The story is disjointed as many other reviewers have noted, and many of the story lines rely on shock or sex more than substance. Not a bad read, but not a great one either.
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