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Knaves Over Queens (Wild Cards) Kindle Edition
The return of the famous shared-world superhero books created and edited by George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
For decades, George R.R. Martin – bestselling author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series – has collaborated with an ever-shifting ensemble of science fiction and fantasy icons to create the amazing Wild Cards universe.
In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth’s population was devastated by a terrifying alien virus. Those who survived were changed for ever. Some, known as Jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical deformities; others, granted superhuman abilities, are known as Aces. Now the virus has reached Britain…
Queen Margaret rules over a country in which such legendary figures as Herne the Hunter, Spring-heeled Jack and Babh, the goddess of war, roam at will. Her Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill – gifted with extraordinary longevity – together with the Enigma ace – Alan Turing – set up a special organization named the Order of the Silver Helix. They will need all the wild cards they can find if they are to deal with the terrifying mutations thrown up by the virus.
Knaves Over Queens – the first ever Wild Cards novel set in the UK, and a perfect jumping-in point for readers new to this shared world – features a stunning collection of original stories from such luminaries of the world of science fiction and fantasy as Paul Cornell, Marko Kloos, Mark Lawrence, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Peadar O Guilin, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Caroline Spector and Charles Stross.
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE WILD CARDS SERIES:
“Deep and complex”
“Perhaps the most original and provocative of the shared worlds books.”
Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
"Martin has assembled an impressive array of writers. . . . Progressing through the decades, Wild Cards keeps its momentum to the end."
"The shared-world series known as Wild Cards has had a long and illustrious history of contributors and achievements." SciFi.com--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of fifteen novels and novellas, including five volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, several collections of short stories, as well as screenplays for television and feature films. Dubbed ‘the American Tolkien’, George R.R. Martin has won numerous awards including the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Executive Producer on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones, which is based on his A Song of Ice and Fire series. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0763FGYYY
- Publisher : HarperVoyager (28 Jun. 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1403 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 561 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008283591
- Best Sellers Rank: 87,122 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Aces, Jokers, and Knaves described herein - with only one or two exceptions - are all rounded human beings; the villains have redeeming qualities, and the good guys aren't all that good. There are extremes of behaviour, but most of the characters are varying shades of grey...just like real life.
Those of us who lived in the UK through some or all of these times will resonate with the events described - the Troubles in Ireland, the Falklands War, and others - while those who grew up elsewhere, or who were born too late, will receive fascinating glimpses of life in Britain throughout the 20th century...albeit a Britain containing Wild Cards. My heartiest compliments to the writers who capture the feeling of the times so perfectly!
I won't give away any spoilers, but I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you're already a fan of the series, make sure you pick this up. If you've never read a Wild Cards book before, buy this one immediately - and then come back and buy another, and another, and yet another...
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
The good. This is the usual Wild Cards mosaic of adventures, some intertwined, and entirely based in the UK. Beginning at the time of the original Wild Cards infection it takes a linear path right up to date. We get some welcome detail concerning the earlier lives of British Aces who have previously appeared in the series, notably Mick Jagger, Double Helix and Captain Flint. There are also a number of moderately interesting newcomers, including the British leader of the Twisted Fists, and a credible female villain based on a figure from Irish mythology. Several of the stories here were gritty and personal enough to make me care, and the theme held up well enough to keep me turning pages.
The bad. The characterisation of British people and culture is often more of a caricature. A stereotypical view of what Americans want to believe. This is sometimes as phoney as Dick Van Dyke’s accent in Mary Poppins. Clearly, none of the writers know their subject well, but they do know George R.R. Martin, which is apparently what matters most. Had this book been run past a British editor - or proof reader - its mistakes would have been found. Here, the depth and insight of stories concerning how the virus affected ordinary people - the beating heart of the series - is peppered with appearances by Winston Churchill, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, Princess Margaret and others. We also get chapters set in the Northern Irish troubles and during the Falkland’s conflict. Like a Wikipedia lucky dip of post WW2 British history, that barely scratches the surface of what the nation is about.
The ugly. Some poor research. Cultural inaccuracies. The overwhelming sense that so much more could have been achieved, if the writers knew more of what they were writing about, or better still were British. I’ve read Wild Cards fan fiction that has far superior characters, but as with so many novels these days, being able to write well and invent fabulous plots, is secondary to kissing the right backsides. In some ways, editor George R.R. Martin is now a victim of his own success. Being so famous means that the view of the little guy never gets to him and wouldn’t matter even if it did. If the end product is average, so what, enough people will buy it anyway just on his name. It’s business, not art.
In summary, Knaves Over Queens is worth adding to any Wild Cards collection, and can be read as part of the series or as a stand-alone novel. You will be entertained, puzzled and occasionally irritated. Just like real life.