After the alien virus struck humanity in the wake of World War II, a handful of the survivors found they possessed superhuman powers. The Wild Cards shared-world volumes tell their story. Here in book two, we trace these heroes and villains through the tumultuous 1980s, in stories from SF and fantasy giants such as George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Pat Cadigan, Lewis Shiner, Walter Jon Williams, and others.
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I read these when they first came out in the 80's, I was so happy to listen to the audiobook and to be to enjoy these classics all over again. Here to all 15 - 16 novels guys!!! Lets hear them all!
I read the entire Wild Cards series back in the 90s, and was excited to see two titles on Audible.com. Luke Daniels narration was masterful. It was great to associate a "voice" with Dr. Tachyon and other characters, and the story lines were engrossing. Even those aspects of the books that might have been a bit dense in text add color to the audio book version. I had a hard time putting down either of the books, which unfortunately meant that they didn't last long enough for me. Bravo!!
Yes! I found myself absolutely fascinated by the characters and their interweaving stories. I would love to know others who have read it to talk about it.
I loved the way all the connected plot lines each had their own feel and context since they were by different authors that seems logical, but I'd be interested to know how on earth (or not!) the collaborated to have the overall story move so smoothly.
I think I liked the Turtle best - he had such a rough time finding his true power, but when he found it he found a way to become more of a person too.
I think the moments when the Turtle and the Doctor confronted each other, both in the first book and in this one were great moments to explore what it means to be a human and to live one's life authentically.
Read them both - Wild Cards and Wild Cards II:Aces High. They're wonderful books that I can see as a superhero-type movie or even a tv series. I can totally picture Robin Williams as the doctor.
a man on the edge
Wild Cards 2 is the traditional alien invasion story that follows the origin tale. It was really well done. Especially the narration.
This was a good sequel to the first anthology. It just didn't live up to my expectations or the high standard set by previous book. Still worth the time of you liked the first anthology. Just don't expect it to be as good.
NOTE - Before you start this, the first Wild Cards book is a must read! I was amazed at how seamlessly multiple writers were able to create individual stories that not only built on everything created in Wild Cards 1, but enhanced and carried on the plot and characters. I started the first book because I liked Luke Daniel's work in the Iron Druid Chronicles. He does his usual fine job here, despite the wide variety of characters. I could recognize the individuals through his consistent 'voices'. Sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, this collection of science fiction stories often paints an unpleasant portrait of humanity that is sadly realistic. Yet they also provide moments of inspiration and herosim. Highly recommended.
I have now mostly enjoyed both volume 1 & 2 of Wild Cards. Great alternate universe anthologies that keep you going long past when you should be working or sleeping. But...
In book 2 the character "Fortunado" repeatedly uses a homophobic slur in an angry manner that doesn't fit the character from the first book at all. For the most part he seems like a completely different person, and has lost his worldly sense and ends up coming across as a bigoted ass, and not in a way that endears in any manner. It's jarring enough that it pulls you right out of the story as you question why he has changed so much. Too bad this detail sticks out so brightly, because it would have been a 5 star review otherwise. That character continuity just ruined large portions because of how he was written and my enjoyment. Maybe we'll be back to form in book 3.
"Not as good as Wild Cards I"
Unfortunately I just wasn't impressed enough by any of this book to say any of it impressed me most. It was pretty much all magnolia wallpaper. I listened to it all in the car, but can't remember a single thing, which says it all.
Too bland. I guess it was the brief they were given, but the whole thing was just dull. Sorry.
Luke Daniels does a great job of performing something that is ultimately not very interesting, so have to give him fll marks for that, but, as Obama once said. You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.
No, it ran it's course during book 1. Another one is just prolonging the death.
Don't waste your time on this one.
"Silence can be golden"
Thoroughly enjoying the series but frustrated by the lack of pauses between scenes and sometimes between 'books'. Otherwise can't fault it: storylines or performance.
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