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This was my second WIld Cards novel the other being the first , so I can t compare it with any of the other 20 books in between if that must be a grain of salt with which to take this review, then do so It was pretty enjoyable I particularly liked the integration of the sections into a single narrative, rather than presenting them as distinct stories But I found it frustrating that the characters I thought most compelling the joker truck hybrid, the police sketch artist whose drawings c This was my second WIld Cards novel the other being the first , so I can t compare it with any of the other 20 books in between if that must be a grain of salt with which to take this review, then do so It was pretty enjoyable I particularly liked the integration of the sections into a single narrative, rather than presenting them as distinct stories But I found it frustrating that the characters I thought most compelling the joker truck hybrid, the police sketch artist whose drawings come to lifeinteresting than the characters who end up dominating the story I know WC came first, but as with the first book, I can t help but compare it less than favorably with some of its heirs, most notably Astro City Nevertheless, though, a fun read Wild Cards books are very hit or miss, and even the ones that hit are pure genre cheese That s why they re so much fun, though Lowball is a hit for me, for all that it seems confused at times about what kind of book that it is.Lowball is another Fort Freak centered Wild Cards novel, picking up after the book of the same name with some, though not all, of the same characters Marcus, the Infamous Black Tongue, makes a return, and really all you need to do to get me to like a book is give me a h Wild Cards books are very hit or miss, and even the ones that hit are pure genre cheese That s why they re so much fun, though Lowball is a hit for me, for all that it seems confused at times about what kind of book that it is.Lowball is another Fort Freak centered Wild Cards novel, picking up after the book of the same name with some, though not all, of the same characters Marcus, the Infamous Black Tongue, makes a return, and really all you need to do to get me to like a book is give me a heart of gold vigilante type of dude who is from Balti, oh, and also, the lower half of his body is a snake and his tongue can deliver doses of venom Awesome Unfortunately, my least favorite part of Fort Freak, Detective Stevens, also known as the guy who spent most of that book having threesomes with the dancer ace and the other, different kind of dancer joker, is also back, but blessedly there s little of the threesomes and the parts where you can t avoid him, well, they re few and far between Stevens has not much to do with the A plot of the book at all.What passes for stars here are Detective Black and Marcus Black is a nat and the son of a policeman who was also a nat and also served at Fort Freak Unresolved daddy issues, as he tells another character At one point, Black reflects for some reason on the day that the Astronomer and Fortunato dueled in the skies, which he remembers because it was the day his father died As fate would have it, that was the very last book I read before this It was Jokers Wild I don t remember any police officers named Black I guess I should have paid closer attention I didn t like that particular book much It was a miss.The A plot involves missing jokers, because it turns out people are being kidnapped and wouldn t you know, the police brass don t give a shit That is the nature of police brass in fiction, and probably real life too If no one misses the missing, there s no crime there, right But Black, bless him, is real po leece, and though he resembles Jimmy McNulty very little, he is drawn in to this quixotic chase he has been ordered to stop pursuing, oh, but let s just call this Fed buddy Stuntman, making a return from the first of the American Hero Committee trilogy books and see what they can rustle up under the radar.As a multi author novel, it s a lot of parts of several different short stories broken up and then strung together, but there are a few that are presented without interruption The first of these is pretty great, the story of the medical examiner of Jokertown who everybody assumes is a joker it s not clear whether he is and he really, really likes rockets a lot There s also the joker ace who can draw characters into life and he uses them to be a series of Peeping Toms Then there are the parts that make me wonder if this book is sure that it knows what it wants to be What I liked about the Fort Freak book is that it was this trip into a different world from the high flying aces of the previous trilogy Jokertown is definitely a different sort of place, and this wasalong the lines of some hard boiled detective stuff Fun as it was to read the drunken misadventures as Curveball, Earth Witch, and Drummer Boy plowed through some plot, what do they bring to your world of tentacles and elephant heads and hooves and everything else It was nice to check in on them, but they felt like they belonged in a different book Same with Rusty, whose story I also enjoyed, because how can you not like the slightly dim but exceptionally heroic guy whose skin is metal and who, well, rusts things He blunders his way into the mess as well, reminding me very much of a DD character I once played who was an elf paladin but basically had Rusty s personality and intellect.This is Black s story, and IBT s and Father Squid s and Stevens grudgingly and the other cops and jokers story Or that s what I thought it was until all the aces dropped in, charming as their parts were on their own view spoiler I have to figure that the reason the aces were brought in has to do with what happens in the novel s final 20 pages or so when, as Black gets his heroic storming of the joker fight ring in Kazakhstan, he finds himself in the hospital afterwards, confronted by Baba Yaga, an old lady ace whose spit transforms people into twisted living objects totally creepy when described and then when it happens to poor Squid about how now he is loose What Who the hell is he I guess that s our hook for the next book, but unless I missed something major, there was absolutely no hint of an evil force operating beyond the fight ring Well, if Final Fantasy can throw a final boss you ve never met before at you after what you thought was the final boss, I guess so can Wild Cards.So basically, the aces were probably there because they re going to save the day in the next book and we needed a reminder of their existence and their heroic nature and all of that It did make me want to go back and read Inside Straight again now that I know where everybody ends up I don t think I appreciated the beginning of that arc as much when I first read it, since that was my first Wild Cards experience hide spoiler For all of its occasional faults and despite because of its cheesiness, I enjoy the heck out of a good Wild Cards book and this one was one of the good ones Oh, and as with Fort Freak, though George R R Martin s name is prominently on the cover edited by none of his writing is featured within I respect the hustle Everybody is trying to make that dollar 3.5 stars Read for the Quarterly Book Club 3rd Quarter Read 2016 HEROES AND VILLAINSI ve really enjoyed this series since I first read the first Wildcards anthology It s a little unconventional in terms of story and also style of organization, but it s very interesting This one gets 3.5 stars because it s not my favourite I have liked other Wild Card books better Suicide Kings was a favourite, and a number of the earlier novels even though the themes of some aren t exactly modern, BUT ti 3.5 stars Read for the Quarterly Book Club 3rd Quarter Read 2016 HEROES AND VILLAINSI ve really enjoyed this series since I first read the first Wildcards anthology It s a little unconventional in terms of story and also style of organization, but it s very interesting This one gets 3.5 stars because it s not my favourite I have liked other Wild Card books better Suicide Kings was a favourite, and a number of the earlier novels even though the themes of some aren t exactly modern, BUT time era wise, perfect What has always brought me back to each Wild Card novel is the very fact that the world is fascinating I love how each author and George R R Martin And Melinda M Snodgrass edits each story together seamlessly It s not like your usual anthology where there s one story after another In the Wild Card books, and Lowball following the same trend, there are basically four main povs one way of looking at it The characters in each of these stories make up the main bulk of the book, with the main plot of the story mainly alternating between these four stories The Big Bleed by Michael Cassutt Those About to Die by David Anthony Durham Galahad in Blue by Melinda M Snodgrass Ties That Bind by Mary Anne MohanrajInserted in between are one shot stories that bring back old characters or introduce new characters involved in small subplots for the main story Cry Wolf by David D Levine Road Kill by Walter Jon Williams Once More, for Old Time s Sake by Carrie Vaughn No Parking by Ian TregillisI really liked No Parking simply it brings back one of my favourite heroes Rustbelt the guy isn t all that sharp, but his heart is in all the right places, which makes him total hero material He s a man of metal, completely incapable of not destroying one thing or another by accident because of overapplied pressure He had a bigger role in previous books, and basically only cameos if one could call it that in No Parking Carrie Vaughn s story also brought back some old favourites Specially Earth Witch, whom I remember from Suicide Kings I believe Or was that the Gardner One of them worked with Rustbelt Anyway, I really enjoyed that short long story, it was awesome One of my favourite characters in Lowball was the main character in Galahad in Blue Detective Francis Franny Black BUT I really hate his girlfriend, and I wanted him to DUMPED her Her reasons SUCKED all round I suppose I liked Franny because he s the poor kid who wanted and didn t want his promotion, and yet, was doing everything he needed to do to do his job well even though he was limited by so many of his own shortcomings The World By the way, I thought I should mention this Essentially, this series is an anthology work of alternative history since the 80s maybe 70s, I have forgotten the exact decade , which includes some major historical events Like most superpower paranormal stories, this includes some kind of genetic affliction In this case, there was an alien virus released, causing the world s population to get sick and evolve superpowers For those who come out looking human with a superpower, they re considered Aces But for those who have some sort of physical deformity, and potentially a useless to none superpower, they re known as Jokers Scuse me if I ve mixed up the details by accident, it s been a while since I ve read the last book, and most of what I ve written here is the refreshment I got from reading Lowball Jokers are discriminated again, while Aces are generally revered I love also how detailed the world has gotten, and how inset the lives of the heroes and villains are in this world including reality shows and political organisations It s fascinating, and I love it The Ending I AM SO FREAKING BUMMED AT THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK I wasn t entirely in love with the story in this book, but it was also quite interesting as a mystery novel Not much hero villain stuff going on in this one not like previous books, but I think and this is because my memory is thin atm it s because the whole series is organised in sets of threes I think or fours , where the first book introduces and sets up a plot, running on from the previous, while the following continues, etc Anyway, I should have probably reread the previous books, but it s been awhile and I was a little too excited to read something like this now ANyway, I m bummed because the ending of this book left NO SATISFYING CONCLUSION, which means, against everything that prevented me from giving this book 5 stars, I want to read the next one Like the previous book in the Wild Cards series, Fort Freak, Lowball focuses on the cops and the poor, deformed residents of Jokertown In this book, jokers are going missing and except for a young cop looking to prove himself, the authorities are unwilling to investigate This means that the jokers and other wild cards take matters into their own hands The deeper they get, the higher the stakes get and the seedier the search becomes Like the previous books in this long running series, the sta Like the previous book in the Wild Cards series, Fort Freak, Lowball focuses on the cops and the poor, deformed residents of Jokertown In this book, jokers are going missing and except for a young cop looking to prove himself, the authorities are unwilling to investigate This means that the jokers and other wild cards take matters into their own hands The deeper they get, the higher the stakes get and the seedier the search becomes Like the previous books in this long running series, the stars are the characters the aces and jokers drastically changed by the Wild Card virus Characterization and interaction are both mostly good Most of the stories are good, though like Fort Freak I didn t care for all the contributing authors Cassutt s writing has just never worked for me And in Mohanraj s story, a character makes a rather stupid decision that felt like it was done purely for drama.Unfortunately, there also seemed to be an editing problem While some of the stories are good, the whole was less than the sum of its parts Stories by Vaughn and Tregillis were well written, but they featured characters from the previous series Committee triad and it felt like they were only included in order to carry the plot forward The plot was one of the weakest parts of the book It took a little while to get going and felt a bit like a B movie TV story It s also a bit thin and while it mostly gets resolved by the end of the book, the reader suddenly gets a strange cliffhanger ending.So all in all, Lowball is a decent Wild Cards book, but not a very satisfying one It has good characters and interactions however, the B movie TV plot feels a bit stretched And while some of the stories are good, the whole is less than the sum of its parts Rating 7 10.http thedecklededge.blogspot.com 20 Lowball edited by George R.R MartinMysterious crimes have been occurring in Jokertown Jokers have been reported disappearing at an alarming rate for unknown reasons Father Squid decides to seek help in solving the charade by recruiting Marcus, a young African American man, normal enough from the waist up, however below the waist is a twenty foot scaled serpents tale The SCARE agency soon becomes involved Agent Stuntman Jamal, an Ace whose power is being able to bounce back from damage that Lowball edited by George R.R MartinMysterious crimes have been occurring in Jokertown Jokers have been reported disappearing at an alarming rate for unknown reasons Father Squid decides to seek help in solving the charade by recruiting Marcus, a young African American man, normal enough from the waist up, however below the waist is a twenty foot scaled serpents tale The SCARE agency soon becomes involved Agent Stuntman Jamal, an Ace whose power is being able to bounce back from damage that would severely injure or kill the average human being, begins his street tactics to find hidden answers to many unanswered questions Fort Freak precinct station is a domicile to a handful of underfunded cops who try their damnedest to keep peace in an increasingly strange and troublesome city Witnesses come forward and a full blown investigation unparalleled to any other begins its strange path to justice Their examination slowly uncovers the horrific truth behind the immoral corruption motivating the gathering of brave Nats, Aces, and Jokers who unite to capture and punish the guilty so the innocent may once again walk, slither, and bounce down the streets of picturesque Jokertown.George R.R Martin has gathered a handful of talented and award winning authors to tell the stories of these fictional wonders thrown into the real world This creative idea from the mind of Martin begins shortly after World War II A devastating alien bomb has exploded near our planet unleashing a unusual gene virus on the population The result causes superhuman powers and at times physical and mental disfigurements among certain individuals who are known as Aces and Jokers Beginning with these historical events of 1946 these authors such as Melinda M Snodgrass, David D Levine, and Carrie Vaughn are now in control of past, present, and future developments The Wild Cards series have established itself with a whopping 21 volumes Lowball, volume 22, continues the action fantasy of this superworld Over twenty writers continue to create and institute their own superheroes, attaching them to amazing and bizarre story lines This provides the reader a world filled with vivid colorful characters that provide a non stop imagery of physical distortion This endless entertainment is a gift from George R.R Martin and friends Not the strongest WC book I wonder sometimes if some of the authors are writing their parts for a target audience of teenage boys what else explains the way that their characters act Thankfully the good parts are really good. While I think this installment was a slight improvement over Fort Freak, it fails to get a four star review for one reason, and the reason might be beyond editors George R.R Martin and Melinda Snodgrass control.The ending obviously leads into the next book actually probably two parts of the ending Years ago Peter David commented, back when he wasactive online, that publishers editors were pretty much demanding a three book pitch before even considering serious discussion about a contra While I think this installment was a slight improvement over Fort Freak, it fails to get a four star review for one reason, and the reason might be beyond editors George R.R Martin and Melinda Snodgrass control.The ending obviously leads into the next book actually probably two parts of the ending Years ago Peter David commented, back when he wasactive online, that publishers editors were pretty much demanding a three book pitch before even considering serious discussion about a contract Yet, I would think both the editor s own reputation, plus the series reasonable success, would have prevented such a three book requirement here.Well, I m going to say I m wrong Just like when the series was brought back with the American Hero Committee Africa trilogy now we have one that begins in Jokertown before taking us the reader across the world again.The Carrie Vaughn and Ian Tregillis installments are the strongest both for their writing and characterization I m hopeful that both of these writers and their characters will return for the conclusion of this story Enough plot points were left open for that to be a possibility.As for some of the other characters Francis Xavier Black s portrayal seemed off by the end, and Stuntman s didn t quite it the mark And neither did Kavitha s Don t misunderstand me If you like prose super hero fiction I still believe this is the go to series for you as a reader It is just that I feel slightly cheated by not having the main story completed completed in this volume and it could have been Lowball is a solid entry into the Wild Cards series I think itor less delivers what established readers have come to expect from the series Like pretty much all of the previous books in this series I ve read, it doesn t entirely escape the problems that arise when so many writers work on a single project The fact that it isn t the work of one author keeps showing and that doesn t always do the novel good That being said, I thought Lowball was quite an entertaining read, with occasio Lowball is a solid entry into the Wild Cards series I think itor less delivers what established readers have come to expect from the series Like pretty much all of the previous books in this series I ve read, it doesn t entirely escape the problems that arise when so many writers work on a single project The fact that it isn t the work of one author keeps showing and that doesn t always do the novel good That being said, I thought Lowball was quite an entertaining read, with occasional flashes of very good writing If you can forgive it the B movie plot I think you could do worse than pick this one up It left me hoping Martin and Tor aren t going to make us wait another three years for the next volume.Full Random Comments review I ve been reading the Wild Cards series since I was about 17 years old I don t care to comment on just how long ago that was, but it remains, in my opinion, one of the richest, most interesting and best executed examples of shared world storytelling or as it sometimes called a mosaic novel around today.Readers of the series will delight in seeing the appearance of old favorites The Sleeper as well as new characters Given that the novel is comprised of the work from several individual I ve been reading the Wild Cards series since I was about 17 years old I don t care to comment on just how long ago that was, but it remains, in my opinion, one of the richest, most interesting and best executed examples of shared world storytelling or as it sometimes called a mosaic novel around today.Readers of the series will delight in seeing the appearance of old favorites The Sleeper as well as new characters Given that the novel is comprised of the work from several individual contributors I m always AMAZED at the consistent quality of the continuity and the utter process which must go into such a creation.The sense of joy and sometimes nostalgia I get from reading anything Wild Cards is well represented in Lowball the latest of the series While a couple of the portions were a little on the weak side at times, the beauty and genius of the mosaic approach essentially lifts the overall enjoyment Sort of a gestalt novel, I suppose.I very much enjoyed this work and look forward to reading `KINDLE ↶ Lowball ↠ Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary and sometimes terrifying traits While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands or tentacles The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raisedEdited byNew York Times bestselling author George R R Martin and acclaimed author Melinda M Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe, featuring original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, David Anthony Durham, Melinda M Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John WilliamsPerfect for old fans and new readers alike, Lowball delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page turning novel of superheroics and mysteryDecades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary and sometimes terrifying traits While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands or tentacles The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raisedEdited byNew York Times bestselling author George R R Martin and acclaimed author Melinda M Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe, featuring original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, David Anthony Durham, Melinda M Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John WilliamsPerfect for old fans and new readers alike, Lowball delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page turning novel of superheroics and mystery