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“Delicious… Everything I’d hoped for in a new Wild Cards book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I’d expect out of a George R. R. Martin project.”
—Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, on Inside Straight

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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George R. R. Martin is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for his epic A Song of Ice and Fire series.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wild Cards Series (Book 2)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455832952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455832958
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Art on December 28, 2011
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Note that there are 10 reviews for the prior printing of this book if you want to look at them.

The main difference between this book and book 1 is that there is a unifying plot here -- bad monster from space, and evil cult type helpers on earth. If measured against the standards for a good plot in traditional books, it, lets be honest, falls pretty short. That said, the point of the series is the creativity and fun of the individual stories of the aces and jokers, and on that level this book succeeds even better than book 1. You get more Croyd (always fun), more Turtle, more Mark Meadows, who may or may not be the ace known as Radical, but displays new and fun "abilities" here, more Tachyon, the introduction of Jube as a main -- and very entertaining -- character, and the introduction to Modular Man, another great ace. Fortunato, who I dont really care for, is also here big time, as is the non-ace archer out for vengence.

I wish the plot was better, and the villains had more meat to them. But everything that made first book entertaining is here, plus a unifying plot which, while not great, definitely adds a little something over book 1.

If you liked book 1, no reason to hesitate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Harmon on September 6, 2012
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For those who haven't read the first book in this series, Wild Cards I, it is a large composition of cooperative storytelling that involves the events and consequences surrounding an outbreak of superpowers. It is at turns complex, meaningful, intriguing and suspenseful - and as a concession to its medium of inspiration - a little bit cheesy. Great fun.

This book is a change of pace, and it set a pattern that many of the contributing authors would use for the series. (Kindle availability is spotty, so this may yet not be a big deal to you.) Instead of more than a dozen stories with their own beginnings and ends, Wild Cards II engages in fewer stories, all of which follow the same global event. The reading is just as enjoyable, but markedly different. Here's where I'll start dodging spoilers.

The event itself involves a threat from deep space that has some reminiscent ties to Lovecraftian horror. I feel it ties in to four-color comic book horror, which is to say there needn't be advanced motivations or sympathetic villains. The bad guys in this book are definitely bad guys. The good guys are incidental, though, and they maintain their heart-wrenching weaknesses from the first book. Turtle, Fortunato, Peregrine, Chrysalis, and Jube have all emerged from Wild Cards 1 with more than a couple scars and here we see the cracks showing. Dr. Tachyon is back as well, but as opposed to his arc in Wild Cards 1, he's better composed and wanting to fight the good fight.

Wild Cards has some popular legacy of being "realistic" but that term always bothers me in comics, sci-fi and fantasy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on February 20, 2012
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Aces High is the second volume of George R.R. Martin's long-running WILD CARDS anthology. In the first volume, Wild Cards, we learned how aliens from the planet Takis decided to test their new virus by using humans as their guinea pigs. In the 1960s, they let loose what has now become known as the Wild Card virus on Manhattan. Much of the world population died and many of the survivors became grossly deformed and are now referred to as "Jokers." A much smaller proportion of those who were infected gained one or more superpowers and are now known as "Aces." In Wild Cards, we followed several Aces and Jokers as they dealt not only with their new status in life, but also with the social and political events of the 1960s.

Aces High, which is named after the upscale restaurant at the top of the Empire State Building that caters to Aces, is set in the early 1980s. The Wild Card virus continues to exert its effects on the Earth, regularly producing malformed Jokers and occasionally creating a new Ace. One thing that makes this series so interesting is that the Wild Card virus mixes with each individual's unique DNA, resulting in a completely different species of Joker and Ace each time it strikes. I don't really believe that this is how an alien virus would manifest (there's just not enough diversity in the human genome), but there's always something fresh and new in WILD CARDS -- it's not constrained by the character types laid down at the beginning of the series.

This installment contains stories by Lewis Shiner, George R.R. Martin, Walter Jon Williams, Roger Zelazny, Walton Simons, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Victor Milán, Pat Cadigan, and John J. Miller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shea Hagensicker on May 20, 2014
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A great read. Love the flaws that are obviously apparent in many of the leading characters. Doesn't follow character archetype to heavily. Really good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By logan on January 7, 2015
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This book is amazing! Nay, this whole series is phenomenal!! I recommend it highly to everyone I know. The whole universe that the authors have combined to create is simple perfect. The depth of the characters is probably my favorite aspect. Even with all their amazing abilities or their grotesque flaws they come off as super relatable and very human. I absolutely love these books, I constantly find my self babbling on and on about the books to anyone who will listen. You need to get these books.

I just hope that Amazon will release a kindle version for the middle chunk of the series. Right now they offer 1 through 4 and then like the last third of the ongoing series. Please put those out there and I will gladly buy them all! I don't want to have to wait for them to come in the mail! Though I will eventually get the paperbacks for my shelf... they are so good!
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