Back in print after a decade is Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild, featuring fiction by George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, and others.
On September 15, 1946, the Wild Card virus was released, spreading a wave of mutations around the globe. "Aces" were endowed with extraordinary powers while "Jokers" were cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. September 15th is now Wild Card Day. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And 1986 - the 40th anniversary - promises to be the biggest Wild Card Day ever.
But in New York City, not everyone is celebrating: The Astronomer, a twisted, powerful genius, has been planning his own special festivities for Wild Card Day...a day of revenge against those who have opposed him....
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©2014 George R. R. Martin (P)2016 Random House Audio
While listening to the first two anthologies, I did not realize that it was he who really brought the stories to life. So far, Felicia Day and the man who voiced Fortunato are the best; but that is not saying the best that could be said about them. Felicia does well, but hey mild lisp works against her in the narrating business.And, frankly, I have to agree with an earlier reviewer, Bagabond strikes me as a rather extraneous character. Though, I do not agree with him nearly as vehemently.
I was a huge fan of Luke Daniels' narration in the first two books. His characterization was fantastic and I still heard Doctor Tachyon with his voice. He was just great and because of that I can't rate the performance higher than 2 stars.
While I normally hate audio books that have multiple readers I do have to say this was not the worst. Each character's perspective is read by a different narrator. Most of the time this works out until scenes overlap and you have Pam Greer's interpretation of Tachyon and Fortunato directly followed by Prince Onayemi's interpretation of those two characters, and even a third narrator near the end. I thought I was going to hate it but in the end it was okay. Prince Oanyemi and Felicia Day shine.
As for the story I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to have a number of overlapping plots across one day told from different perspectives. I can't imagine how GRRM kept everyone straight. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Though I'm debating if I'll just buy the next volumes just to read myself rather deal with another cast's version of the characters' voices.
This universe is slightly to the left of ours and acknowledges the the cultural impact of actual superpowers on history. It also gives a distinct sense of the time it was written and the sense of New York. There are some graphic sex bits and tropes I could have done without, but nothing that prevents it from being a good time.
I would consider them to be equal
Hiram Worchester. He enjoys life and enjoys everyone else enjoying life. He's a fun character
Most were excellent. Wraith's narrator is a bit vanilla, but the rest are great.
Spectre's transformation throughout the book
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
Definitely not as good as previous offerings in the Wild Cards series... The story was pretty loose and slapdash, and the individual story arcs didn't mesh so well... There was a bit too much of a Skinemax feel to some of the plot arcs, and although the narration was decent was also a bit too busy w/ the multiple narrators... Narration woulda been better if held to 2 or 3... Had a hard time finishing... Wasn't worth the credit thus returned...
I, for one, don't like having multiple narrators in a book. It's tough to follow.
While I enjoyed this volume it was also probably the worst in the series so far. I feel like some of the charm has vanished from the books set farther back in history.
I really hated that cat lady from the first book. I thought the trust would have quietly done away with the story line. She's about a third of this book. She reads like a cheap teen drama. I love this series so much, but I'm so afraid I'm going to get ambushed by more of this twilight bs. I read this series for the superhero space battles not to find out if some dirty, crazy, unemployed woman will be able to find love despite her angst. Nothing she does matters. Her violent outbursts are irrational yet read as if the author doesn't get how crazy the character sounds. Her Author's writing style is classless and ugly. It's as if Martin had found a true crazy person off the streets of NYC and let them write the segments. Afterwards he corrected for spelling and grammar, but that's it! He mixed it up in this incredible book so that his fans would have to stare right into it's eyes and let it fill them with all the angst and melodrama that created it.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
Five stars is excellent.
Four stars is good.
Three stars is OK.
Two stars is poor.
One star is unreadable/unlistenable.
I couldn't and wouldn't finish this book.
That is rare for me and I dislike doing so.
However I also hate to waste my time and my opinion is that this is s waste of time.
Very seldom do multiple authors cohesively write a book (when they write in sections) that does not have jarring transitions in style, syntax, verbiage, etc. that results in the reader/listener mentally "stepping back" to try to comprehend the meaning of the "jolt" just experienced. When the meaning is not a plot function it is disconcerting and takes one out of the story flow.
didn't like the way the did multiple voices. it really irritated me at first but was fine by the end. wish they had a constant narrator and had one voice for each speaking character
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