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Jokertown Shuffle (Wild Cards #9)

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1st printing. VG condition, slight overall wear Else pages tight in clean spine
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Spectra
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Baal Of
Jun 06, 2016 Baal Of rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This is a tough one to rate and review. On the one hand, there were some pretty cool sections with Captain Trips coming back, and better yet the sections by Walter Jon Williams involving the Black Shadow, who has become one my favorite characters in this series. Williams has the best mix of superhero with dark fantasy and film noir/detective styles, doing it far better than the other writers in this volume.
On the other hand, Melinda Snodgrass's sections were borderline awful. This series has nev
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Aaron Poorman
Oct 15, 2011 Aaron Poorman rated it liked it
I'm reading the series in order, I haven't commented on any of them yet What I can say is that Wild Cards books are full of fantastic ideas ; which sometimes translate to very enjoyable books. Other times they seem just middle of road hum drum superhero fiction. I'm starting to get slightly annoyed at the number of aces and jokers who for some reason or another are multiple people. In the beginning when it was just Croyd, "The Sleeper" - it was cool and seemed novel. Even bringing in Captain Tri ...more
Brainycat
WTF happened to this series? It's like the authors all got together and decided to ignore all my favorite characters (the ones that are still alive, anyway) and come up with ridiculous plots that aren't hardly believable, even in the Wild Cards world of the late 80's.

The "jumpers" are so contrived and unbelievable it's painful to read about them. The conspiracy around them and the Shadow Fists finally has a chance to finally die; I hope since they killed off major players in that plotline we ca
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Leelas
Oct 01, 2012 Leelas rated it it was ok
This book has some of the best stories the Wild Cards series produced up to this point. Unfortunately, despite some very high highs (I hesitate to say highest, though sometimes they come close), this story also has the lowest lows so far.

Let's begin with the overplots. There are two of them, 'The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat', by Stephen Leigh, and 'Lovers', by Melinda Snodgrass.

The Stephen Leigh overplot frustrates me. Bloat is a fascinating character. As a militant advocate for joker's righ
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Natalia Boldyreva
Apr 05, 2016 Natalia Boldyreva rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Как это часто бывает в данном цикле, повести и рассказы мозаично чередуются друг с другом, вплетаясь в общее полотно повествования. Основой антологии стали две повести, разделившие между собой один конфликт. Это «Искушение Иеронима Блоута» Стивена Лея и «Любовники» Мелинды Снодграсс. Проблема, вставшая перед жителями Джокертауна на страницах прошлой книги, получает здесь свое развитие и затрагивает ключевых персонажей саги. Джамперы, банды подростков, способных перепрыгивать из тела в тело, прет ...more
Glen U
Apr 04, 2016 Glen U rated it liked it
This is the 9th installment of the alternate universe series, "Wild Card". Edited by George R.R. Martin and written by numerous authors, each book contains stories that carry a common thread and common characters. One would think that because of the disparity between the writers, coherency would be a problem. But Martin does a wonderful job of keeping the storyline and the plot moving along through an alternate American time line. Interjected into the story are real life people and events, such ...more
Kruunch
Jun 11, 2016 Kruunch rated it liked it
The 9th book in the Wild Card series is another mosaic novel of multiple authors and revolves around the story of the rise and fall of the Rox. Slightly better than the last book in coherency and with better characters (in my opinion), there's a good rising tension building up to a big climax.

These books have become guilty pleasures for me as no one will ever confuse them for literature but George RR Martin and company have really built a fun parallel world. One of my favorite superhero series.
Craig
Apr 23, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it
After a somewhat slow preceding volume, this ninth book in the series covers a lot of ground at fast pace. I never warmed up to the Jumpers, but I always thought Bloat was a good character. Bad things continue to happen to Dr. Tachyon, and Captain Trips is, as ever, pretty cool. I most enjoyed the sections written by Stephen Leigh and Victor Milan.
Theresa
Sep 15, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Wow! the power of romance!!! This was a very dark and sad story for the series. Very, very violent, probably the one they would make the movie out of. Joker Town shuffle is the struggle of the Jokers left out of the prestige and glory of the Aces. They feel abandoned and ridiculed and treated as sub human. Bloat is a joker the leader of the Jokers who take over Ellis Island. They hope to make their own colony; somewhere they can survive without the horror of others rejection of them. Bloat finds ...more
Bob
Jul 09, 2012 Bob rated it it was ok
Shelves: george-rr-martin
It seems the authors I like did not contribute to this book. The Jumper plot is not very entertaining, thanks for nothing Chris Claremont. They could only make it worse by adding time travel. I can do without anything written by Lewis Shiner.

Walter Jon Williams again writes the best story in the book and profiles Black Shadow. Sure Black Shadow is the traditional misunderstood hero on the wrong side of the law but it beats the rest of the stories.

This has been the least favorite of the series fo
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Eric
Feb 20, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it
Wow! Book 8 laid the foundation for the events that transpired in this book. 8 was kinda slow. A lot happens in 9. I thought poor Dr. Taychon had endured the worst that they could throw at him. How wrong I was! I'm almost afriad of what they'll do to him as the series progresses even further. Of course my main issue is locating a copy of Vol. 10. 10 should wrap up a lot of events from 8 and 9 and I'm eagerly awaiting reading it to see what will transpire.
Eric Bauman
Sep 17, 2012 Eric Bauman rated it really liked it
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