Dead Man's Hand
I do have mixed feelings about this one, I did enjoy it but there were a few things that did deter me a little. I went into this series blind due to not reading the other books in the series, so I did end up lost and a little confused in some areas, so I do recommend reading the other books first as not to get lost like I did. Also, the book is written from different POV's, instead of changing characters with chapters it was done throughout each chapter and it did throw me off track a ...more
The thrust of the books is that in 1946, an alien virus is released in the skies above Manhattan and infects the citizens of the island (primarily—it does affect people in other areas and other countries, but mostly it’s New York that feels it). Most people (90%) affected die horribly. A smaller percentage (9%) who are infected become what are called “Jokers"”— ...more
Chrysalis has been murdered.
Both Popinjay and Yeoman are on the case. They do not trust each other after their previous faceoff in Jokers Wild, but they track the killer on separate paths through the slums, gang turfs, and dark recesses of New York City's Jokertown.
Structurally, this book needs a word of explanation because it does not fit the mold of the rest of the Wild ...more
I don't think I've read this far in the series since I was a teenager. This is the other half of the story from Wild Cards book 6, covering the investigation of Chrysalis' murder. It's mainly focused on Yeoman and Popinjay. There's a lot to like here - the noir-ish crime solving and wise-cracking, and the Jokers/Wild Cards issue stuff goes fairly well. It gets a solid fail on female characters, most of them being femme fatales or victims to be fridged. The Ti-Malice parts are ...more
As with the previous volume, editor Martin does a rather miraculous job of making this its own book. Oh, I'm sure there are some references to the events of Ace in the Hole that wouldn't make sense, but that was true of ...more
Books 2-7 of this series just boil over with the sense of the late 80s - it was trying hard for ...more
This is an excellent series in a fantastic world full of strange and colorful characters. It gets better with every book and each of them is memorable. It has been years since I read the sixth book, but this one jogged my memory and I remembered a lot more from the previous book than I thought I knew. Still, this would probably have been even more enjoyable if I had read them closer together. Books 4-7 are part of an overarching story that revolves around a particular "big bad," so I ...more
Mini-review originally posted on Nightjar's Jar of Books.
A sci-fi murder mystery, set in an alternative version of 1988 New York, in which the Earth has been ravished by an alien sickness called the Wild Card virus - which (when it doesn't kill them) turns people either into Aces (super-powered humans) or into Jokers (also super-powered, but hideously deformed and consequently marginalised by society). Chrysalis (the Queen of the Jokers' underground society) is murdered - and Jay Ackroyd, an Ace...more
Right after WW2, an alien race tests out a genetic plague by spreading it over the earth. This advanced virus kills millions, but also give a small percentage of survivors super-powers. Those who do not die or gain useful powers are usually deformed with often useless physical mutations. Those with the glamorous powers come to be ...more
The main focus of this ...more
One of the things I liked best about this novel was the focus on jokers. Although the heros are an ace and a nat, ...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