Posts tagged with " wild cards"

Book Review: One-Eyed Jacks

Monday, 06/09/2010 ≅00:15 ©brainycat

One-Eyed Jacks (Wild Cards, #8)One-Eyed Jacks by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not the best book in the series. Firstly, I'm not very interested in the Jerry character. He's written with no arc to speak of, just a flat pathos that is perpetually stuck in the same monotonous routine, over and over.

A new type of ace is introduced, the "jumpers". The way this power works, and the way it's introduced into the Wild Cards world, seems contrived and in retrospect (I finished this book a few days ago and I've finished the next book, too) a desperate attempt to breathe some new life into parts of the story that really should have been finished already.

I like the multisodic, simultaneous timelines of the other books. But this book feels like it plods along like a donkey, not really caring where it's going or how long it takes to get there. If you're committed to finishing out the series, it's palatable, but PLEASE don't read this book as an introduction to the world of Wild Cards.

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Book Review: Dead Man’s Hand

Monday, 06/09/2010 ≅00:08 ©brainycat

Dead Man’s Hand by George R.R. Martin One of the best books in the series. It takes place at the same time as the previous book, but most of the action is in New York rather than Atlanta. A few scenes were retold from the 6th book, but from a different character’s perspective, and I [...]

Book Review: Ace in the Hole

Saturday, 28/08/2010 ≅13:29 ©brainycat

Ace in the Hole by George R.R. Martin My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book makes up for volume 5 of the series. It’s storyline is like a tragedy, and not everybody gets to live happily ever after. It’s set during the Democratic Convention in Atlanta in ’88, where Senator Hartmann is trying to [...]

Book Review: Down and Dirty

Saturday, 28/08/2010 ≅13:09 ©brainycat

Down and Dirty by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars A lot of people think this is where the series starts to noticeably weaken, but I still liked it a lot. The stories weave around a gang war between the Shadow Fists and the mafia. Some of the characters and situations seemed [...]

Review: Aces Abroad

Monday, 16/08/2010 ≅18:23 ©brainycat

Aces Abroad (Wild Cards, #4)Aces Abroad by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars