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Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2015
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About the Author
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN is the author of the international bestselling Song of Ice and Fire, which has been adapted by HBO into the television phenomenon Game of Thrones. Martin has won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards for his numerous novels and short stories.
MELINDA M. SNODGRASS has worked on staff on numerous shows in Hollywood, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, and she has written pilots and feature films. In addition to being coeditor of Wild Cards, she also writes urban fantasy under the name Phillipa Bornikova.
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While there are wild carders aplenty in the book, far too much space is taken up following cops who are nats (not affected by the virus). And frankly, these cops' lives just aren't as interesting as the folks with the powers. I enjoyed the parts of the book that involved the characters from the American Hero reality show, though the main one, a reunion of four main characters from the show's first season, felt shoehorned into the overall plot.
Lowball is certainly worth a read for the Wild Cards completist, but shouldn't be the first book of the series you read (you really need to start with Inside Straight to understand all the characters you'll meet in these pages). The next and final volume of this triad should, I hope, ramp up the stakes and bring things to the satisfying conclusion that Lowball lacks.
The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the book ends in a cliff hanger which means we'll have to wait a few more years before there is the follow up. well I'm impatient and it's been years between instalments...
To be honest though, I really enjoyed this one more than Fort Freak and I'm hopeful that we'll see a resurgence in the Wildcard series again.