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Mississippi Roll: A Wild Cards Novel Hardcover – December 5, 2017
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Praise for the Wild Cards series
“Perhaps the most original and provocative of the shared worlds books.” ―Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
"Delicious...Everything I 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 is a wild ride of good, blood-pumping fun that packs a surprisingly emotional punch for a book that looks on the surface like just another superhero adventure.” ― Publishers Weekly on High Stakes
“Emotionally powerful. Wild Cards deals up the variety of short fiction without losing the continuity of a novel.”―The Seattle Times
“A delightfully imaginative speculation.”―The Toronto Star
"Martin has assembled an impressive array of writers. . . . Progressing through the decades, Wild Cards keeps its momentum to the end." ―Locus
"The shared-world series known as Wild Cards has had a long and illustrious history of contributors and achievements." ―SciFi.com
"New readers and fans of the long-running series will both love the fast-paced plotting and the ever-expanding history of the Wild Card virus on this alternate Earth, where even the superheroes are human." ―Shelf Awareness on Lowball
"Highly recommended." ―SFRevu on Lowball
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765390523
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765390523
- Product Dimensions : 6.43 x 1.18 x 9.39 inches
- Publisher : Tor Books; First Edition (December 5, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #285,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was that kid that came a sliver away from killing myself, and ended up fracturing my collar bone and then wandering with my arm in a sling into Brooks drug store hours later. While my mother busied herself picking up the prescription codeine that would some hours later send me into a fuzzy place where Bob Hope easter specials were strangely vivid and beautiful (the thought still disturbs me), I headed to the spinning comic book rack. On the way there I found something better.
Only a bibliophile would understand the feeling one gets when discovering a favorite series or author for the first time. It is like recounting a first date with someone who filled your hours with joy for the rest of your days. The book was Wild Cards, Edited by George R. R. Martin and written by slew of writers. Wild Cards created a shared superhero universe where an alien virus explodes over New York City in 1946 and changes life on earth forever. Ninety percent of those exposed to the wild cards virus draw the black queen and die horrific deaths (think creative Ebola on crack) and nine percent become twisted into mutated Jokers. A lucky few become Aces, those gifted with powerful abilities. I read and re-read that book as I recovered from my injury.
Now, thirty-two years later, I’ve just finished one of the latest novels in the Wild Cards series, Mississippi Roll, and what a ride! The story pinwheels around the Natchez, a Mississippi steam boat that is facing retirement and the “ghost” of the captain, Steam Wilbur, who once commandeered her. On the journey up the Mississippi, we meet aces who have to stand up to ICE and protect a group of Kazakh Joker refugees, Jokers who perform miracles for the paying customers and many old and fond characters that have been featured in previous volumes. The story is simple and the scope is tiny compared to many of the novels in this series, but it takes its time to fully capitalize on the Joker’s plight as an allegory for political realities today. Although some of those readers who love the moral ambiguity of Game of Thrones might find some of the sections a bit saccharine for their tastes,this book was just the thing to remind me what I loved about speculative fiction and helped me once again get lost in a world of wonder and forget for a while the troubles I face.
I give Mississippi Roll five aces!
by George R.R. Martin , Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy , Cherie Priest , Carrie Vaughn
Mississippi Roll is the beginning of a new trilogy in the Wild Card Consortium. The dynamic story of the individual struggles of men and women whom are affected by the devastating Wild Card Virus. The book links back to the original and the previous trilogy. New characters allow the new readers and current public to find links to the original events of September 15th, 1946 when the Wild Card virus was released and afflicts those less fortunate souls. The book takes on the story from High Stakes about the refugee status of the joker population that escaped the violence and destruction of their homes and lives.
Wild Cards as a series uses the tapestry of the stories to address political and social problems from a separate manner from the real world. The terrors of the people afflicted with the virus brings into question the problems and conundrums in the American society. It brings to question how we look and accept others who are different, and find that we are all human, looking for the same things, and wanting peace and safety. It has been a phenomenal ride, and the authors have brought to light so many political ideas.
A solid read.
Top reviews from other countries
The stories are well tied together and it reads as both a light mystery/suspense with interesting and compelling characters.
Kann man gut nebenher lesen und hat auch einige fesselnde Momente.