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Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild (Wild Cards #3)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,759 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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 living. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And this year 1986, the fortieth anniversary promises to be the biggest and best Wild Card Day ever. The media and tourists have discovered the ce ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Tor 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
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Rob
...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
Alytha
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Shawne
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
Andrew
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
tsukino
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Johnny
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
Jasper
originally posted at: http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2014...

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
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Mark
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
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Matias
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
Matias
Primero y principal quiero aclarar para los que no leyeron los primeros dos libros, que este libro no lo escribio George R R Martin. La saga es lo que se llama "open world" y esto significa que muchos autores colaboran escribiendo la historia por partes. George contribuye con algun capitulo, pero principalmente es el editor.
Ahora que sacamos ese tema del medio podemos pasar a la reseña propiamente dicha.
Como bien dice la sinopsis, los eventos de este libro pasan varios años despues de los evento
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Camilo Guerra
La historia que se había construido en los dos tomos anteriores acá llega a puntos culminantes, con muertes relativamente importantes, tramas cerradas, peleas impactantes , alianzas surgidas de la nada.

Todos los hechos ocurren en un dia , dividiéndose en dos tramas, la búsqueda de los cuadernos del crimen y el plan final del Astronomo. Si no sabes de que estoy hablando es porque en los dos tomos anteriores conocimos a muchísimos personajes y se crearón múltiples tramas pero aun no es tarde, busc
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Craig
This is the third volume of the Wild Cards shared-world series, surely the most successful such franchise ever launched. It's 1986 in this volume, and the world is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the virus attack. The jokers (and aces) are indeed wild in this one, with a lot of sex-driven power extant. I thought this one was a little bit of a letdown after the second volume (much of the same ground is covered, although from different viewpoints), but it's still a good book and ends some ...more
BigJohn
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
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Aaron Humphrey
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Molly Cinderella
So I accidentally stayed up until 3 reading this when I meant to read 1 chapter before bed - be warned: the story really picks up around halfway through the book!

It was a nice change of pace to have the book be written in one cohesive voice, and having the events take place over a 24 hour period definitely added to the suspense (see my late night adventures). I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 stars because, although the structure of the book was nice, I really missed the anthology style from books
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Scott Laight
the third instalment of the shared-world series edited by George R R Martin and probably the best yet. rather than a group of short stories that have a general theme running throughout it (see first two instalments) this one reads more as a novel from the point of view of several main characters.

the story follows goes on to show the astronomer take his revenge on the aces who thwarted his plans in the second book and contains lots of action, superpowers, a well-woven plot that entwines so many
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Shane Kiely
The first "mosaic novel" of the Wild Cards series (that's just a fancy way of saying it's a novel from multiple perspectives, where each perspective is written by a different author). Initially I missed the multiple short story format, but this story grew on me as I read it. It's set over a 24 hour period so the pace is nippy once it gets going. Establishes a sense of peril well. The multiple authors are different enough that each character's plot line feels unique but similar enough that the sh ...more
Luci
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.
Timothy Boyd
Excellent series. If you are into comics at all you will love these books. Very interesting plot and the shared world makes each story new, as different writers add their twist to the world. Highly recommended
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
B. Jay
Setting the new tradition of a "mosaic" novel, blending the work of multiple authors and their characters into a mostly seamless single story, Wild Cards satisfies on a much higher level than its two predecessors. It's not without faults, as some of those characters and story lines entertain more than others and the premise of the interactions is fragile at times, but the revenge of the Astronomer and rise of Fortunato do not disappoint. Most striking is the brutal deaths of a few major characte ...more
Mark Webb
A couple of comments on my website in my monthly books I've read summary.
Harvey Meeker
Great stuff. This third book is a merged story written by all the authors and it ends up working really well.
Walt Xavier
Excelente! Terceiro livro da série editada por George R.R. Martin, e escrita por diversos autores.
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.
George
20 plus years later, the story and characters still hold up.
Des
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.
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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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