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  • Publisher: I Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743434897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743434898
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 445 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,341,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third book in the "Wild Cards" series by George R.R. Martin (editor), this is a "shared world" series, where various authors get together and write in the same world. The world is one where an alien virus was dumped into the air shortly after WWII, and still randomly infects people nearly forty years later.

The virus - called the Wild Card for its very random results - proliferated in earth's atmosphere. First, nine in ten people who contract the Wild Card virus "draw the Queen of Spades," and die. Of the survivors, nine in ten people "draw a Joker," and end up hideously disfigured. Of the non-Joker survivors, some draw a "deuce," and get a power or ability that's pretty much useless ("I can change my hair colour at will!"), but many who survive as non-jokers "draw an Ace," and gain super-powers. The massively telekinetic Turtle, the projective teleporter Popinjay (who I really liked in this book), the any-lizard shapeshifter Kid Dinosaur - these are some of the Aces. They're solid, fun to read, and quite well drafted.

This story all takes place in one day, and the novel is very well sewn together (especially given the different tones and styles of the various authors) and has a very complicated and complex interwoven plot. Kudos to Martin for wrapping it up so well.

This forty years later is the anniversary and what is likely to be the largest "Wild Card Day" celebration ever - except one recurring villain is using this day to kill off all the Aces who bested him in the previous books... Who will survive?

As Martin is well known for in his "A Song of Fire and Ice" series - there are no holds barred in these books - heroes die. And horribly. Very solid stuff.

'Nathan
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As a huge fan of Martin's SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, I too picked up some of his older work. The WILD CARDS series was a pleasant surprise. The series has an interesting concept, and good writers participating (esp Roger Zelazny, who's Sleeper-character stole my heart).
The WILD CARDS stories are all different, dealing with different times and storylines, but they are without failing interesting and original. Some of the stories had me secretly wiping away some tears (the Turtle, Golden Boy), others had me chuckling (the Sleeper)or reading with my heart in my throat (Fortunato).
In retrospect, the first two books were a setup for the grand happenings of Book 3, when all hell bursts loose on Wild Card Day. I loved the way the stories were weaved together in JOKERS WILD, where everything seemed to come together. It had a superb story/tension arc, and the characterization was without failing very well done.
I have only read the first three books so far, but I'm definitely keeping an eye out for other installments of this series.
I give the authors involved a big thumbs up for an original project like this!
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My reason for writing this review is the others have missed the mark by a mile. They are all fans of George R.R. Martain's other more fantasy oriented work. This series is wildly removed from them. Of the entire line the 1st three are the absolute best. Only the 3rd book is realy one compleat story. The 1st 2 books are a collection of short stories. This simple fact seems to have escaped all the other reviewers. After words the series slowly degrades, as they all do, but there are still gems. It never gets bad just average at worst. If you are a fan of comic book heros and want to see a very well executed, realistic look at them this is the place to be. Now if they would just relase some new ones and get Allen Moore to write a story.
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By P. Robinson on Nov. 20 2002
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The wild series is awesome (for the most part) a few of the book are [bad] but this one ROCKS!
In fact the first 8 books rock, and so does number 12, (and anything in between with Croyd Crenson aka "The Sleeper") but the other ones kind of drag on....as a rule avoid The one written by Snodgrass like the Plauge...no scrap that...avoid it like the Wild Card Virus...
But this book is 5 stars, and the different styles from the authors make for a unique read... plus some wicked Butt-kicking from Brennan never hurts...
Buy this series!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fans of GRRM need not apply Feb. 28 2002
By Dana W. Dodd Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My reason for writing this review is the others have missed the mark by a mile. They are all fans of George R.R. Martain's other more fantasy oriented work. This series is wildly removed from them. Of the entire line the 1st three are the absolute best. Only the 3rd book is realy one compleat story. The 1st 2 books are a collection of short stories. This simple fact seems to have escaped all the other reviewers. After words the series slowly degrades, as they all do, but there are still gems. It never gets bad just average at worst. If you are a fan of comic book heros and want to see a very well executed, realistic look at them this is the place to be. Now if they would just relase some new ones and get Allen Moore to write a story.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A pleasant surprise Feb. 2 2003
By Lanfir Leah Marithsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a huge fan of Martin's SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, I too picked up some of his older work. The WILD CARDS series was a pleasant surprise. The series has an interesting concept, and good writers participating (esp Roger Zelazny, who's Sleeper-character stole my heart).
The WILD CARDS stories are all different, dealing with different times and storylines, but they are without failing interesting and original. Some of the stories had me secretly wiping away some tears (the Turtle, Golden Boy), others had me chuckling (the Sleeper)or reading with my heart in my throat (Fortunato).
In retrospect, the first two books were a setup for the grand happenings of Book 3, when all hell bursts loose on Wild Card Day. I loved the way the stories were weaved together in JOKERS WILD, where everything seemed to come together. It had a superb story/tension arc, and the characterization was without failing very well done.
I have only read the first three books so far, but I'm definitely keeping an eye out for other installments of this series.
I give the authors involved a big thumbs up for an original project like this!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good conclusion to the first story arc April 2 2014
By John M. Vizcarra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Book three in the Wild Card series continues and concludes the story arc that runs through books 1 through 3. The style has evolved, however, and it is presented in a different manner that, I think, flows a little better. Previous volumes in the series were generally character-driven in each chapter, which was written by one of the contributing authors. In Jokers Wild, each chapter is an hour on Wild Card Day, the annual celebration (?) of the release of the Wild Card Virus. Each hour has many different characters in it, and it's a little harder to discern who is writing what. But ultimately, it flows quite well.

The story itself picks up after the events in book two, Aces High, in which The Astronomer was foiled by the Aces and dealt a resounding defeat. The Astronomer recruits a group of baddies to help him exact his final revenge against the Aces that participated in his humiliation.

All in all, a good conclusion to the 3-book arc that nicely wraps together the events started in book one. It also leaves plenty of room in this ready-built world for the 20-some-odd books that will follow.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't pay attention to the one star review Feb. 11 2014
By Walter E. Starr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant composite novel in the Wild Cards series written by several outstanding authors and edited by George R. R. Martin. This was accomplished the decade prior to Martin's first novel in the Game of Thrones series and is now in reprint for the first time in many many years. This also marks the first eBook printing of this novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A different approach Nov. 13 2005
By mr sachmo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Last night I finished reading Joker's Wild, the third installment in the Wildcards series.

Joker's Wild reads a bit differently than the first two books of the series, in that instead of a collection of related short stories, this book reads like a regular novel. At the end of the book they have credits stating who wrote and invented what character, and each chapter is divided up into sections, so I'm guessing that each author wrote a "section" pertaining to one of their characters. It may be my untrained eye, or the fact that I was so into the subject matter, but I had a hard time telling the authors apart in this book. As I said, it read like a novel, but it was also quite a page turner, so I was swept up in the story most of the time, and perhaps not paying enough attention to the techniques of each particular section.

The plot centers around the Wild Card Day celebrations in New York City in 1986. I can't really get much deeper into it than that, because I don't want to add spoilers, but I really enjoyed the story. It spans a little more than 24 hours, but there is a ton of action and intrugue in that twenty-four hour span. As I said, I found myself swept up in the story many times, and can't really think of a part that I didn't enjoy.

All of the best known aces appear in this book, but we learn more about some of the jokers as well. I found myself watching the line between joker and ace blur in this book; for example, the character of Spector (aka Demise) is a big part of this book, but at times I could see how his power would be considered an ace power, but to others it would definately be seen as a joker. A deadly one, but still unwanted. Incedentally, I really like the character of Spector. He's very interesting and well written.

At times I found the focus on sex a bit much. Yes, I understand that Fortunato's tantric power relies on sexual energy, but we also have sexual murderers, sexual ice sculptures, old aces wanting to have sex with young aces, etc. I'm not a prude, but it was a bit much at times.

Other than that, this was a very satisfying addition to the Wildcards series. Now if I can just get my hands on the next book....

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