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Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin
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Jan 09, 2010

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What a great concept, an alien virus is released over NYC resulting in four possibilities to those exposed - no effect, horrifically agonizing death, massively abnormal deformities, or wickedly awesome super powers. No two people who are transformed by the virus are affected in the same way.

The endless possibilities this simple premise creates establishes a great vehicle for creative, witty and engaging inter-related short stories set in a comic book world. Very cool.

As each chapter is written by a different author the pace, style and plot development can vary widely, which for the most part makes for exciting and unpredictable story development.

The mixing of real historical events and people into the Wild Cards world is interesting, although I would have liked to have seen some non USA related history included as core themes.

In summary I definitely recommend this book as a fun read.

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