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Preview — Fort Freak by George R.R. Martin
Fort Freak (Wild Cards #21)
In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent survived, mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin (call
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Fort Freak reminds us there's more to the world than that. Here we are in Jokertown, a chunk of New York City that, in the Wild Cards universe, has come to be inhabited by a ...more
Also for some reason the title no longer has anything to do with card games...
Now that's outta the way, may I present Jokertown modern day: the gritty cop movie.
It pretty much takes all the usual tropes & pieces and puts them in. We got dirty cops, Detective few months away from retirement, rookie comin in, old ...more
Fort Freak is not the strongest entry in the series. After the trilogy the previous three books provided we receive a stand alone that takes place entire ...more
Fort Freak was a bit of a mixed bag for me--except for Paul Cornell's story, the writing was very consistent and fresh compared to previous volumes in the series. I appreciated the focus on Jokertown, there is a lot of good story and character to be mined in that relatively small area (considering the world-wide scope of the previous trilogy). I think Cornell is a very entertaining writer normally, but his story sticks out like a sore thumb and was tonally wrong for Fort Freak. He introduces som ...more
Paradoxically, that's what I enjoyed most about Fort Freak - after the last several books featured an almost entirely new generation of Aces and Jokers involved in major events around the globe, this one goes back to where it started - New York, specifically Jokertown. There are plenty of new characters, but featured rol ...more
The premise of the series is that an alien virus struck in 1946, killing 90% of the population, deforming others and giving a small percentage of the population superpowers.
FORT FREAK takes place in New York City's 5th Precinct, aka "Fort Freak" ...more
The only part that disappointed me was Melinda Snodgrass' one on the first case of rookie cop Franny Black. It's a bit too goodie two-shoes and too easily wrapped up. much prefered Slim Jim's story in that regard.
On the whole though, the stories are good, especially Leo's quest to solve a long-dead case before it's too late. It gives some good insight into the characters.
One might accuse this book of following the usual tropes of police proedural fiction, ...more
Even if one or two stories seem a bit out of place, one doesn't usually realise that there were so many authors.
There were some minor errors, like a guy being Eddy in one para ...more
Yes, I enjoyed this anthology of stories which all intersected with each other at various points, set in an alternate universe where some have strangeness thrust upon them, some have been spared the virus that has made some half animal and half human, and some have remained as they were born.
'Fort Freak' is the NYPD section house that tries to maintain law ...more
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, ...more