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
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
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
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
And new member of the consortium, Cherie Priest, owned the show with "The Rat Race" and her addition to the world, Detective-Investigator Leo Storgman. I hope we get to see him again in a future book.
There were some minor errors, like a guy being Eddy in one para...more
Fort Freak gets back to the original format of the series- a mosaic novel; with a number of different stories all interwoven. The passage of time among the stories was a little wonky for me, but not unbearable. I enjoyed all the characters in the stories, and was glad to see the level of character development in them.
The WildCards series _is Back!_
Some great new characters are introduced, some familiar favourites make their appearances. If you're a long time fan, prepare to be choked up once or twice.
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