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

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,517 Ratings  ·  97 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 lving. It is a day for fireworks and street fairs and parades, for political rallies and memorial banquets, for drinking and fighting in the alleys. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And t ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Tor Books (first published October 1st 1987)
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Nathan Burgoine
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A different format than before - the chapters are divided by HOURS & then all PoV characters shuffle thru that particular slice of time, It honestly does the overall book no favors as each person's writing style occasionally clashes painfully

24hours: Wild Card Day (lets celebrate 40th anniversary of virus release!). A few seemingly random events ("oriental" syndicate VS local italian mafia turf war, mcguffin theft & one joker's revenge) drag plenty of Aces and Jokers into it as those maj
Maria Kramer
This is the book that lost me. The writing is I know there are multiple authors, so I might pick it up in the future, but this volume was so clunky and erratic. Could not keep going.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, anthologies, 2017
This book got better and better as it went on. Unlike the first two Wild Cards books, this one takes place over the course of one day...the fortieth anniversary of the Wild Card virus. Whereas the first two books had each individual author write their own short story about the events, this one was broken into the hours of the day with each author contributing his or her own part. Crazy editing must have been needed to make the book make sense!!

There were about seven primary characters the book f
Sara Lilkas
2.5/5 I think the what initially threw me off was the difference in formatting from the previous Wild Card books. I think part of the problem was the different writing styles didn't always flow together in my opinion. However with all the Wild Card books once the action picked up at the end I couldn't put it down, it was just getting to the end that was challenging.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
This instalment was somewhat better than the last one. I liked that the action of the novel (which was still written by several authors so I'm shelving it as an anthology to keep with the spirit of the series thus far) took placed over 24 hours; I liked that 24 hours was enough time for several storylines to begin and conclude, and for justice to be served to some extent.

That's not to say there was nothing wrong with the book. If that was the case, it would have at least 4 stars. I don't, have
Jan 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
...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
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
-Más novela coordinada, por fin.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. El día del cuadragésimo aniversario del Día Wild Card, el despiadado villano conocido como el Astrónomo comienza su plan de venganza y destrucción que implica terminar con los héroes que abortaron su último plan. El submundo de la delincuencia de Nueva York está inquieto y sus actividades se relacionan, de cierta manera, con el ataque de el Astrónomo. Tercer libro de la serie Wild Cards.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro, s
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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
Adam Whitehead
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The alien Swarm has been driven back into deep space. The band of villainous aces and jokers who tried to summon the Swarm, led by the Astronomer, have been defeated in battle and the victorious aces are taking some time out to enjoy Wild Cards Day 1986, the fortieth anniversary of the arrival of the alien virus on Earth. Unfortunately, the Astronomer hungers for revenge and sets out to murder all of the aces responsible for his defeat.

Jokers Wild is the third novel in the Wild Cards series and
Bob Gilson
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I had read this book when it came out originally. This audio book version was fun to listen to. The different narrators for each of the point a view characters was a good touch. It is funny what you forget and what you remember in a book you read 30 years ago. Still if was a fun read, I had forgotten how harsh it was too. The final showdown with the evil Astronomer got very messy at times.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wild-cards
I had a little trouble keeping the characters straight, especially the ones who were called by two names. Still, I enjoyed the book. Lots of action (and sex) and a satisfying conclusion. I will read more in the series.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continue to read these little by little between other books. Such a fun series!
Jim Smith
Cool series

Nice flow as several authors put together a fine fantasy series, looking forward to the next hoping the flow stays consistent
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Jokers Wild" was a much better book than "Aces High".

Really enjoyed it!
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the Wild Card books so far it’s been my favorite. Plenty of action
Peyton Banks
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love when this series goes into full blown mosaic form. I also love this installment because it highlights some of my favorite characters from this arc. Yeoman, Wraith, and Roulette are all pretty fantastic. I also enjoy Hiram about 80% of the time. However, this is also the installment that most prominently features my least favorite character in this series, Fortunato. I can't stand him. I also thought this novel was lacking in that the Rosemary story line felt kind of unearned. It was only ...more
Matt Mitrovich
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Jokers Wild takes place shortly after the events of Aces High on Wild Cards Day, the 40th anniversary of the day when an alien virus was released over New York City, killing most of the people that contracted it and horribly disfiguring the few survivors, except for those lucky enough to gain superpowers. The Astronomer and his followers are taking revenge on those Aces who defeated their attempt at world domination by kil
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. If you like fiction, stories about superheroes and super villains you will love this book.

2. The book is the third in the series Wild Card, and the plot is continuously evolving with characters unpacked and developed throughout the series. The grand unfolding of the plot happens in this book.

3. George R.R. Martin is the editor and likely the mastermind of the book. This book was written by multiple authors each developing their character who co-operate, interact and intermingle within the u
Shannon Appelcline
Structurally, this book is a masterpiece. The shared world anthologies of the '80s were giving writers the opportunity to tell loosely linked stories set in the same world, but Wild Cards was the first series to really go beyond that, by using those shared stories to tell coherent epics. However, Jokers Wild goes a step beyond even that, creating an actual novel with individual writers writing individual sections that were then carefully grafted together by master wordsmith George R.R. Martin. T ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Stephen Dorneman
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
JOKERS WILD is a strong entry in the Wild Cards series, where all the action takes place in one hectic day. The threads of the various characters (and products of the various writers) are woven together tighter in this mosaic novel than in the previous volumes. Some backing off at the most climactic moments dampens the impact in a couple of the threads but overall, Recommended
Sep 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It turns out I don't like these books. Any of them so far. They're not awful, many of you might love them. I stop reading when I read Wild Cards. Instead of my usual pace of reading a few nights a week for a good book and nearly non-stop for a great one, I limp through these at a rate of a few pages every few weeks. Compelled to try and finish it later, just not right now, because they are good books, I mean that. Anyway, I didn't finish this book, I'm not going to finish this book.

You should r
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp
Wild Cards was a really interesting book which impressed me a lot despite, or perhaps because of, not being especially keen on short stories. Aces High was not really quite as good and I was not as keen on the central theme of tying all the short stories in together to address a single plot. Here with Jokers Wild the trend continues and we have a whole bunch of short stories which are about the same 24 hours and the events which are happening over them, and then they are cut and pasted together ...more
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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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