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Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire

(Wild Cards #10)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Soon to be a show on Hulu!

Rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass as executive producer.

Aboard his grandfather's spaceship and fleeing the violent turmoil between jokers, aces, and nats that his vicious ambition spawned,
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Tor Books (first published March 1st 1992)
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Shannon Appelcline
The problem with Double Solitaire is that it follows directly in the footsteps of "Lovers", quite possibly the worst story in Wild Cards history, and most definitely the least pleasant, the least comfortable, and the least fun to read. (Because it wasn't just rapey-rapey, but it actually used superpowers to weaponize rape.) Double Solitaire is by the same author and directly continues with the same storyline. I'm sure I'm not the only reader who dived off the Wild Cards train somewhere between ...more
Aaron Poorman
Probably my least favorite Wild Cards book thus far. Part of that has to do with the fact that it felt the least like a Wild Cards book than any of the previous installments. I can deal with the switches in formatting from short story collections to full length novels if they are executed well. (though I still prefer the short story books) The problem for me here is that even the standby characters don't feel like themselves in this. The whole jumper storyline with Dr Tachyon losing his body was ...more
Baal Of
Better than the previous book, but still one of the weaker entries in this series. I never really cared about the Takisian "political and military machinations" (phrase taken from the back cover). I kind of wanted most of the characters to just die. Blaise is still a horrible asshole, (view spoiler) ...more
I couldn't finish it. What made this series so great at the beginning was the premise: an alternate, contemporary history filled with aces and jokers. It became a soap opera couched in a classic fantasy story with too few characters, none of which really had true dimension, lazily winding their way down the "fated last battle" story arc we've all read a gazillion times. It got so bad that I was finding websites to waste time at rather than dig my ereader out of my backpack, and that's BAD. I've ...more
Angeleah Smith
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to process the acid trip that I just finished.
Ben Lund
It was different, it takes place almost entirely on Takis, the home planet of Dr. Tachyon. It felt less like a wildcards book too. I realized I really liked the first couple books because they contained separate stories taking place in a shared universe, while these later books just feel like a single story. There is nothing wrong with either way of telling a story, except the former was different and an interesting way to explore a created world.
The problem with wildcard books that only feature
Julio Englander
Feb 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wild-cards
I cannot believe the série kept going after this one. It was very bad. Popinjay usually is a nice character, but here.... Tack’s love story is bad, it doesn’t make much sense, and Jay’s one comes out of the blue... it is bad, very bad.
Not sure I will be back to the next one, but I will keep reading the new generation for a while longer.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one leaves all the Earth related stories behind for a trip to Takis. It doesn't really tie in to the Rox series at all, it is a stand alone story. Good, but doesn't touch on anything really happening on the earth storylines if you are looking for that.
Gary Coleman
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of the Wild Card Novels since I first discovered them in the '80's. I've been slowly re-reading them, and have finally reached what I consider to be the culmination of the 2nd arc of the series (involving the Jumpers, although it doesn't involve any jumper other than Blaise).

The main characters in the novel are the aforementioned Blaise, Tisenne (Dr. Tachyon), Mark Meadows (Captain Trips), Jay Ackroyd (Popinjay). the earth girl Kelly (who is currently in Dr. Tachyon's body), and
Glen U
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Double Solitaire" is the 10th book in George R. R. Martin's Wild Card series. It is unique to the series for a number of reasons. One, is it is the first Wild Card series book written wholly by one author, Melinda M. Snodgrass, instead of a consortium of writers. Two, it is a departure from the Alternate History genre that all the other Wild Card books have utilized. And three, it takes place on an alien planet, not Earth, which contributes to the feeling of a more traditional science fiction ...more
Colateral Damage
While this book is a departure from the wild card based premise I liked it. We finally get to see the Takisians as a people and not just a few glimpses from the Ideal and Tachyon's childhood. We also get a bit of a more detailed primer on The Network as well while we're at it. This book brings us in on the intrigue, plots and social structure of Takis while also making us actually develop an actual like for Zabb, Tachyon's cousin from book two. Hell it does the same, though a bit poorly, for ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Double Solitaire (Wild Cards, #10)
by George R.R. Martin (editor)
Double Solitaire, By Melinda Snodgrass, wow! The drama of Takis, but things work out only in the last pages… but as usual leave you with questions. Double solitaire is a great story. The Jumpers have taken the body and powers of many different Aces, and Jokers, leaving a plague of victims. Dr. Tachyon is not only the most recent victim. His torture only begins with being jumped. Blaise has decided on a dramatic path for Tachyon, one
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my least favorite of the Wild Cards series. The unique aspect that makes them stand out so much from other series books is the different voices from multiple authors and such a wide range of characters, but this one is a straight-through single story by a single author. Also, the subtle differences between the Wild Card Earth and the real world timeline is lost for the most part because it's set primarily on Dr. Tachyon's home world. There are some good bits with him and Captain ...more
The first Wild Cards book written by a single author (Melinda Snodgras) takes place on the planet Takis and features Dr. Tachyon, Captain Trips and Popinjay.

The story revolves around Blaise fleeing to Takis, wresting control from a noble house and waging war across all of Takis in an attempt to capture Dr. Tachyon.

I wanted to like this book more but I found that while the story was more cohesive it still felt almost mosaic (like the other books) rather than developed more fully.

All in all an
Eric Bauman
I'm not sure I can explain why, but this entry in the Wild Cards universe just didn't do a whole lot for me. Maybe because it doesn't take place in New York, maybe because it deals only with a small subset of the major characters. It could also be because it has more of a fantasy feel, and I have a hard time with fantasy novels (usually because I have a hard time keeping the names and made up words straight).

Jun 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Melanie Stern
I am starting this book hoping I'm wrong. This series is losing me, big time, and I have this awful suspicion that this will be it. I miss the old characters, and the storylines that didn't feel so "draggy". I miss the short stories, and I think the jumpers are just stupid. Can we move on now?
Steven Morton
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two of my favorite characters appear in this book Dr. Tacyhon and Captain Trips so I loved this book!
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of my faves in the series
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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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