Saturday, March 22, 2008

Inside Straight - George R. R. Martin

The long awaited eighteenth volume in the Wild Card series is a good one.

It doesn't live up to the brilliance of the early series, and seems to have changed tone somewhat. Far less sex, and perhaps even less violence, at least up close as opposed to blogged about afterwards than the earlier work.

The amount of interest I have, or time spent watching reality television can be added up on the legs of a snake. If I lived in this world, would I have some interest in watching loser aces make fools of themselves? Probably some of it, like the almost anything goes type contest stuff, anyway.

Daniel Abraham has the toughest job to pull off her with the multi-story Jonathan Hive tales, going from smartarse blogger, to vaguely panicked smartarse war correspondent.

Some of the veterans shine as usual, Martin, Snodgrass, Leigh. Hopefully the former has enjoyed writing something not a gazillion pages long and medieval, again, as his work again features for best story.

To follow on from the cover of the last book, this time around they have gone for the exceedingly cheesy romance novel Lancelot beefcake picture, complete with bad 90s comic gold foil type look into the bargain.

Good to have Wild Cards back, hopefully there will be more.

Wild Cards 18 : 01 Jonathan Hive 1 Who the Fuck Was Jetboy? - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 02 Dark Of the Moon - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Wild Cards 18 : 03 Jonathan Hive 2 Jonathan Hive Sells Out! - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 04 From the Desk of Rebecca Lieberman - George R. R. Martin
Wild Cards 18 : 05 Chosen Ones 1 - Carrie Vaughn
Wild Cards 18 : 06 Jonathan Hive 3 First Among Losers - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 07 Chosen Ones 2 - Carrie Vaughn
Wild Cards 18 : 08 Jonathan Hive 4 Better Than Television - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 09 Looking For Jetboy - Michael Cassutt
Wild Cards 18 : 10 Metagames - Caroline Spector
Wild Cards 18 : 11 Jonathan Hive 5 All the Best Stories Start This One Time We Were Really Drunk And - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 12 Star Power - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Wild Cards 18 : 13 Wakes the Lion - John J. Miller
Wild Cards 18 : 14 Jonathan Hive 6 A Bad Day In Cairo - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 15 Crusader - George R. R. Martin
Wild Cards 18 : 16 Jonathan Hive 7 Real People Really Dying - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 17 The Tin Man's Lament - Ian Tregillis
Wild Cards 18 : 18 Jonathan Hive 8 Hey Guys My Dad's Got A Warehouse Let's Put On A War - Daniel Abraham
Wild Cards 18 : 19 Incidental Music For Heroes - Stephen Leigh
Wild Cards 18 : 20 Blood On the Sun - Melinda M. Snodgrass
Wild Cards 18 : 21 Looking For Jetboy Epilog - Michael Cassutt
Wild Cards 18 : 22 Jonathan Hive 9 Give the Wookie A Medal - Daniel Abraham

An old loser hero blog from bug boy.

3.5 out of 5


A teleporting ace agent wetwork specialist finally gets to the Nur.

4 out of 5


Joining the reality show.

3.5 out of 5


Reality show roll call, in suits.

3 out of 5


Rescuing people from burning buildings etc. is harder than it looks, even with super powers.

3.5 out of 5


Wisecracking bugsy observers discarded.

3 out of 5


Earth Witch and her new skills come in handy for underwater recovery.

3.5 out of 5


Some wasp spying by the discarded one, as he realises there may be something better to do for him and John Fortune than really bad tv shows.

3.5 out of 5


The Scavenger Hunt gets a bit vicious.

3.5 out of 5


More tv team-ups, discards, and some real ace contests, even with a Golden Boy.

4 out of 5


Burning down the house, amulets of power, a flaming lion, and a couple of drunk friends for John Fortune.

3.5 out of 5


Straight Arrow has some spook recruiting in mind.

4 out of 5


Symbiote Fortune in Vegas, and Lohengrin suggests Hive should actually be a real journo.

3.5 out of 5


Dead Caliph riot observations for Hive, Fortune, and Lohengrin.

3 out of 5


The three aces in Egypt start to earn a reputation, and find out an army and some bigger aces are coming for them.

4.5 out of 5


Warblogging.

3.5 out of 5


Discarded and torn, it is time for war.

4 out of 5


Bugsy gets reinforcements, but a three times bigger other army coming to get him.

3.5 out 5


A not very little Drummer Boy decides to lend a hand.

4 out of 5


Double Helix, pommie spook ace shows just how many side he/she can play.

4 out of 5


With important stuff on, nobody actually cares about reality tv.

3 out of 5


The UN and Jayawardene, after looking useless, decide that a super team (or actually, Committee) might be a good plan.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

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