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Fort Freak: A Wild Cards Novel Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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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
About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted into the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. He is also the editor and contributor to the Wild Cards series, including the novels Suicide Kings and Fort Freak, among other bestsellers. He has won multiple science fiction and fantasy awards, including four Hugos, two Nebulas, six Locus Awards, the Bram Stoker, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (the Japanese Hugo). Martin has been writing ever since he was a child, when he sold monster stories to neighborhood children for pennies, and then in high school he wrote fiction for comic fanzines. His first professional sale was to Galaxy magazine, when he was 21. He has been a full-time writer since 1979. Martin has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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With the Tor books revival, starting with "Inside Straight", the series was back to its glory days. Fort Freak is a welcome addition to the shared universe. Fort Freak is a return to the classic "mosaic novel" style of the early Wild Cards, with a central theme/mystery running through multiple story lines by several different authors. The central mystery is quite engaging, and the mix of old favorite characters like Father Squid & Jube the Walrus, along with the new blood Aces & Jokers like Puff and The IBT is nice.
I felt from the beginning like I was once again plunged into the slums of Jokertown, where most of the action takes place. The previous books in this current cycle were set outside of NYC, in locations across the country and around the world. They were great, but it was nice to get back to Jokertown, and revisit old locations like The Jokertown Dime Museum, and visit with old friends like The Oddity and Dr. Finn.
By far, the most welcome return was that of Croyd Crenson, The Sleeper. If only Zelazny were still alive to write him. It'd been awhile since ol' "Typhoid Croyd" was in a book, and I liked his storyline, brief though it was.
To summarize, if you are a fan of the Wild Cards books, you will really like this. I don't think it's a good book to be introduced to the series, it requires a fair bit of pre-existing knowledge of the WC Universe. I can't wait until the next book is released, so I can dive back into one of my all-time favorite series.
While I've enjoyed the revival of the series, none of the books have really caught me like the originals, until this one. It was engrossing. Though I still really miss Dr. Tachyon... hint, hint
This book is no different, but it also hits another love of mine, super powers and cops. From dealing with the public to dealing with one another, it's days in the life. And it also brings back a couple of old characters, Father Squid among them.
Great book, I highly recommend it, but I might start an earlier book just to get a feel for who the characters are.