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Jokers Wild (Wild Cards #3)

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The streets of New York have erupted in celebration of Wild Card Day-the annual event held every September 15th to remember the dead and cherish the lving. It is a day for fireworks and street fairs and parades, for political rallies and memorial banquets, for drinking and fighting in the alleys. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by I Books (first published October 1st 1987)
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Nathan Burgoine
The third book in the "Wild Cards" series by George R.R. Martin (editor), this is a "shared world" series, where various authors get together and write in the same world. The world is one where an alien virus was dumped into the air shortly after WWII, and still randomly infects people nearly forty years later.

The virus - called the Wild Card for its very random results - proliferated in earth's atmosphere. First, nine in ten people who contract the Wild Card virus "draw the Queen of Spades," an
...That being said, the novel does show some of the shortcomings of a work with so many authors. In depth characterization is mostly absent and here and there, fault lines in the style of writing are noticeable. Martin has done a wonderful job in editing it so the very compressed time line of the novel makes sense however. It must have been particularly challenging to get everything to fit in just a twenty-four hour time span. It's not the most challenging reading material but it is fast and fun ...more
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If Aces High (Wild Cards #2) presented Earth's fledging new aces and jokers with an external menace in the form of a giant alien Swarm, Jokers Wild drags the action back to this stratosphere and pins it very firmly to the ground. The threats faced by the protagonists in this novel are all painfully, recognisably human - whether or not these threats have been twisted into monsters by the wild card virus. Jokers Wild unequivocally makes clear that the potential for great evil and corruption exists ...more
This book like the others before is part of the shared Wild cards universe however here it is credited ti George R R Martin. The book consists of a series of short stories by various authors with various styles and characters but all sharing (in varying degrees) a common thread, and this is where I think the hidden strength of the Wild Card series really lies. You get to see individual styles and characters being given full and centre stage while still feeling there is a commonality to the book. ...more
Although the last time I read a Wild Cards volume was in the late ‘80s, I was intrigued to run across Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild in a used bookstore. I was quick to note that some things had changed (perhaps, only my sensitivities) and some things had not. Where the earlier volumes had been anthologies of intriguing short stories with a very loose overarching plot, this third volume attempted what George R. R. Martin called a mosaic novel. In this story, all of the events happen around the core ...more
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The Wild Cards series has been on my to read list for quiet some time now, I haven't read the first book in the series yet but jumped right into the fray with Inside Straight the 18th book in the series. It was the only book available at the time. Tor "rebooted" the series back in 2008 with Inside Straight but the first book Wild Cards goes back as far as 1986! I encountered these books when I was searching for new superhero books and
So let's say you take everything that's cool from the first couple of Wild Cards books, like people discovering their new powers, the world getting a handle on people having new powers, the assorted social commentary that comes along with a new class of people who aren't understood, people with awesome powers fending off ALIEN INVASIONS...

... and fucking forget all of it because instead we're just going to spend a whole book where seemingly half of the pages are spent on people whose powers lit
Sin lugar a dudas, el paso del estilo de los primeros dos volúmenes de la saga: cuentos con más o menos conexión a un formato clásico de novela, aunque al igual que los anteriores escrito por varios autores a la vez, aporta mucho al resultado final. En esta oportunidad, el arco narrativo de la novela es único pero contiene varias tramas separadas, al menos, dos principales y varias menores que se van cruzando alimentado y confundiendo los conflictos de cada una de una forma elegante que sostiene ...more
Book three in the Wild Card series continues and concludes the story arc that runs through books 1 through 3. The style has evolved, however, and it is presented in a different manner that, I think, flows a little better. Previous volumes in the series were generally character-driven in each chapter, which was written by one of the contributing authors. In Jokers Wild, each chapter is an hour on Wild Card Day, the annual celebration (?) of the release of the Wild Card Virus. Each hour has many d ...more
Francesco Zullo
Migliore del precedente ma ancora lontano dall'eccellente esordio: Martin non riesce ancora a coordinare in maniera convincente i suoi autori per creare una trama solida e convincente, ma rispetto agli stereotipi triti e ritriti de "L'invasione" "L'assalto" risulta più interessante.

In questo 3rzo capitolo gli Assi saranno costretti a vedersela con la vendetta ordita dall'Astronomo per mettersi in pari con la dissoluzione del suo piano: uno sterminio da portare a termine in un solo giorno il Wild
Aaron Humphrey
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This is the third chronological novel in the series. This book draws further on the events detailed in book two so it is worthwhile to read the books in order so nothing is lost. The characters are fleshed out but at times it feels like you are reading parallel books by different authors that overlap. I liked the characters and I liked the changes they faced as a result of the strife they faced. But this was not great storytelling as I have read Wild Cards novels that were better.
Greg Zafiris
Liked it; third in a series, so I was a bit lost on some of the plot where they tied up a loose end that I was unaware of; sex was a bit graphic for my taste--pornographic, really; if they had taken those paragraphs out (and there were more than one of them), book would have been just as good (and i think that is usually true of sex scenes; the more understated, the better); love the creativity with powers (Popinjay is hilarious); not a huge fan of Fortunato as a character, but that is a persona ...more
Mark Webb
A couple of comments on my website in my monthly books I've read summary.
Walt Xavier
Excelente! Terceiro livro da série editada por George R.R. Martin, e escrita por diversos autores.
this is a fantastic series - kind of hard to find in libs, tho....
Nathaniel Sanders
The first two Wild Card books were volumes I flew through and enjoyed immensely. This one....not so much and it wasn't just the fact my favorite character died. It was the fact that I could tell where the story was going from pretty much the beginning and it took FOREVER for those things to actually happen.

Hopefully the fourth volume picks up and is akin to the first couple books and proves this one to be an anomaly. *crosses fingers*
Alex Sarll
The third volume of the *really* long-running George RR Martin series. Admittedly he doesn't write these solo, but contributing and editing must take almost as long when it comes to something this intricate - seven writers each running a different protagonist of an Altmanesque story, set over a single day as their paths and plans cross in a New York gone manic for Wild Card Day. Which, inevitably, takes place on September 15th, the same date on which I began reading.
20 plus years later, the story and characters still hold up.
The repercussions of the battle with The Astronomer continue in Jokers Wild. It is the fortieth anniversary of the release of the Wild Card Virus (scientifically known as Xenovirus Takis-A), and The Astronomer is out for blood.

Fortunato is his main target, being his most powerful opponent and directly responsible for his previous defeat. He recruits killers, including Demise, and a woman that kills men with sex, to start taking out his enemies.
This is a mosaic novel that doesn't follow the format of the last two novels. So sometimes its hard to follow as you have to figure out which character is the focus of each part. It's an awkward read but the last 100 pages are the reward as everything comes together. Alas two characters are killed off (hey this is GRR Martin editing ;p)but you'll have to read this to see if the turtle survives. All in all it's a good read and I look forward to book 4.
I loved Game of Thrones so I started to explore some of his other books. It is really I either loved them or hated them. This was a series of books that I really did not care for. It felt like I was reading a comic book without any of graphics that keep you entertained. Well I guess there were a few... I was just bored, I would rather read X-men any day.
Very good. Definitely the best of the 3 i've read so far. It flows nicely from one chapter to another, which incidentally are hours of the day, since this is set over a 24 hour period.

I wasn't sure i was going to continue with the rest of the series after reading the first two books, but this has me wanting to read on now.

Very enjoyable.
A great story of the development of people after the wild card
I was a little disappointed that they killed of Kid Dinosaur, but otherwise a great humanistic story, about the struggles of good and evil and the flaws of humanity.... I really like this series it’s a totally different spin on the superhero genre.

Alison Gow
Set over the course of one day, Wildcard Day, this is a point where I'm happy to conclude the Wild Card novels and say I'm happy to pretend it's a trilogy even if the authors want to go on.
Lots of surprises in this though, even factoring in the GRRM trademark of killing his characters.
I really did not like the "mosaic" form, and for some reason I did not care about any of the characters the way I did in the two previous volumes. While I still like the world, and will most likely continue with the series, Wild Cards was something of a letdown.
Dan Polley
What I loved most about this book was its structure. The first novel was separated by character, the second was structured more like a novel.

This one was similar to the second, but set up by hour, which added to the tension as the book plodded along and events seemed set to explode.
And this is that previously mentioned One Star review.

Not only is the writing crap-- Fortunato's creator took over this one, and it is dark and steaming-- but the plot centers around a Masonic doomsday plot that the execution of involves literal torture porn. Double plus ungood.
I love this whole Wild Cards story line. I understand that it has been optioned for a movie, and possibly a tv series. I think I enjoyed the first one the most, as I liked the WW2 setting, but they're definitely keeping with the time line and accuracy as far as the decades.
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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