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Fantasy Faction => Fantasy Book & Author Discussion => Topic started by: eclipse on October 17, 2015, 10:50:18 PM

Title: Wild Cards series
Post by: eclipse on October 17, 2015, 10:50:18 PM
Is the Wild Card series any good?

Wild Cards is a science fiction and superhero anthology series set in a shared universe. The series was created by a group of New Mexico science fiction authors, and mostly edited by George R. R. Martin.

While most of the books are made up of individual short stories, they generally focus on a central theme or event. There were also several longer storylines which run through several of the books. Some volumes use the format of a mosaic novel. This involved several writers writing individual storylines which were then edited together into one novel length story. Finally, some volumes are a complete novel written by a single author.
Title: Re: Wild Cards series
Post by: Elfy on October 18, 2015, 12:19:07 AM
It kind of depends on who you talk to. I tried to read the first one many years ago and it turned into a wall banger. I really should have kept that, because I could have sold it for more than I paid for it to a GRRM fan before they rereleased it. GRRM adores the concept, there are two things that his eyes light up about when he discusses them, one if ASoIaF and the other is Wild Cards. If you read them and like them, you've got a lot of reading ahead of you, because it's the longest running shared world anthology in the genre.
Title: Re: Wild Cards series
Post by: Hedin on October 18, 2015, 03:55:15 AM
I feel like he is more excited about Wild Cards than ASOIAF.   They seem to be his true baby and at times I wonder if he wishes that he was known more for WC.

I personally have never read them, they don't seem like my cup of tea, but the few people I know who have read some have given them a "meh", not bad but nothing really good or memorable.
Title: Re: Wild Cards series
Post by: Elfy on October 18, 2015, 05:43:37 AM
I feel like he is more excited about Wild Cards than ASOIAF.   They seem to be his true baby and at times I wonder if he wishes that he was known more for WC.

I personally have never read them, they don't seem like my cup of tea, but the few people I know who have read some have given them a "meh", not bad but nothing really good or memorable.
He possibly kind of does. Wild Cards was born out of a D&D style game that he became obsessed with at one point. It came down to either playing the game or putting food on the table, and he worked out how to combine the two. He does seem to have great affection for Thomas Tudbury the Great and Powerful Turtle, which was one of the characters he created for the Wild Cards concept.
Title: Re: Wild Cards series
Post by: eclipse on October 18, 2015, 08:37:35 AM
Yeah the amount of books in the series is putting me off now, I would rather  just read a trilogy or standalones atm
Title: Re: Wild Cards series
Post by: Rostum on October 18, 2015, 02:56:15 PM
I have only encountered stories in anthologies. They are not really to my taste but are well written.