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|Download Ebook ï Knaves Over Queens: A Wild Cards Novel Í Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Knaves Over Queens is an all new adventure set in London, featuring a fresh cast of characters from the Wild Cards universeDeveloped by aliens and field tested on Earth, the virus known as Xenovirus Takis A was released in New York in , changing the course of human history forever Most of those infected die and a tiny percentage become deformed beings known as jokers A lucky few survivors become aces superhumans gifted with amazing powers Now the virus has reached BritainThere, 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 of the wild cards they can find if they are to deal with the terrifying mutations spawned by the virusEdited byNew York Times bestselling author George R R Martin and Melinda M Snodgrass, Knaves Over Queens features the writing talents of Paul Cornell, Marko Kloos, Mark Lawrence, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Peadar O Guilin, Melinda M Snodgrass, Caroline Spector, and Charles StrossNow in development for TV Rights to develop Wild Cards have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team behind The Magicians and Mr Robot, with the co editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass, as executive producer The Wild Cards Universe The Original Triad Wild CardsAces HighJokers Wild The Puppetman Quartet Aces AbroadDown and DirtyAce in the HoleDead Man s Hand The Rox Triad One Eyed JacksJokertown ShuffleDealer s ChoiceDouble SolitaireTurn of the Cards The Card Sharks Triad Card SharksMarked CardsBlack TrumpDeuces DownDeath Draws Five The Committee Triad Inside StraightBusted FlushSuicide Kings The Fort Freak Triad Fort FreakLowballHigh Stakes The American Triad Mississippi RollLow ChicagoTexas Hold Em An excellent addition to the Wild Cards canon, albeit one as downbeat and brutal as anything in the second or third story arcs This time we re looking in on decades of altered history from the not terribly United Kingdom, and filling in some gaps in the history that have only been mentioned in passing previously Great stuff. Mutant virus hits Britain how topical The paperback is out today in the UK My story is great D You should read it I blogged on superheroes over on the Wildcards site.https www.wildcardsworld.com how ma blogged about working with George RR Martin to produce my story for the collection I m very pleased with the result.http mark lawrence.blogspot.com 2George liked it too Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes Mutant virus hits Britain how topical The paperback is out today in the UK My story is great D You should read it I blogged on superheroes over on the Wildcards site.https www.wildcardsworld.com how ma blogged about working with George RR Martin to produce my story for the collection I m very pleased with the result.http mark lawrence.blogspot.com 2George liked it too Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes I discovered this series about the same time I began reading A Song of Ice and Fire, and found this different world just as inviting The mixture of past events in a world of aces and jokers was too much to resist Knaves Over Queens, originally released in 2018, is the story of England and their experiences with the virus that can produce good and bad results in people I might have been hoping forwith this book and like the virus, I found a mixture of positives and negatives.First off, I discovered this series about the same time I began reading A Song of Ice and Fire, and found this different world just as inviting The mixture of past events in a world of aces and jokers was too much to resist Knaves Over Queens, originally released in 2018, is the story of England and their experiences with the virus that can produce good and bad results in people I might have been hoping forwith this book and like the virus, I found a mixture of positives and negatives.First off, the actual writing by the various authors is very good, although some of the characters are a bit hollow Perhaps it is due to the many previously published books and the idea that aces will do good things and be heroes which caused this dissatisfaction Little wonder, then, that the quirkier characters were my favorites The book is a collection of stories that take place over seven decades, which causes the British storyline to lose some cohesion While there is some minimal interaction between characters, the only time definite continuation occurs is when a few of the authors contributethan one story, and they pick up the trail of their characters years later Some of these characters were not my favorites, especially one series which features a female who identifies as a Celtic goddess There are also many imaginative stories, such as Emma Newman s How to Turn a Girl to Stone and Night Orders by Paul Cornell There are a few stories with references to famous musicians, and Mr Cornell s David Bowie appearance is fun as well as creative without spoiling, Bowie takes some advice and performs an about face with his musical direction, a positive step though different from our reality My favorite story The Visitor, by Mark Lawrence, who creates a most unlikely hero in perhaps what is the most creative story in the book.Bottom line While this may not be the best book in the Wild Card universe, it has appeal and contains a few gems Four stars England gets the full Wild Cards treatment, incorporating actual historical events and people, from Wild Card Day in 1952 through 2017 A Flint Lies in the MudA military officer made living flint saves hundreds of lives during the Great Smog of London a real event which killed thousands over the course of four days in 1952 Along with Enigma Alan effing Turing for the win and Lookout a far seeing telescoping ace , Captain Flint establishes an ace staffed England gets the full Wild Cards treatment, incorporating actual historical events and people, from Wild Card Day in 1952 through 2017 A Flint Lies in the MudA military officer made living flint saves hundreds of lives during the Great Smog of London a real event which killed thousands over the course of four days in 1952 Along with Enigma Alan effing Turing for the win and Lookout a far seeing telescoping ace , Captain Flint establishes an ace staffed ministry to oversee wild card affairs and security This story expertly sets the stage for everything that follows in terms of the alternate history of the UK I loved the interweaving of real events and people with wild card mythology The Coming of the CrowIntroduces Badb, a sociopathic goddess ace who controls crows and feeds on the deaths of heroes , people who believe fervently in some cause greater than their own livesNote Badb is pronounced Bahv I googled it Another note Badb Sidhe is the root of banshee , which fits the character to a tee Badb is set up as an heir to the Astronomer She appears periodically throughout the book, repeatedly infiltrating and sabotaging the Northern Ireland peace process perpetual war is necessary for harvesting the blood of heroes She s a solid long term villain in a fascinating setting Needles and Pins The Seamstress An aspiring fashion designer finds herself enslaved by mobsters when the Kray twins discover her ace for creating indestructible clothing.A refreshingly low stakes segment with fun cameos by Mick Jagger as a smug, lecherous werewolf and real life gangsters and clubs Night OrdersA Le Carr an Cold War thriller, in which view spoiler a paranoid conservative Winston Churchill tries to engineer his own assassination in order to frame unionizing liberals and neutralize the burgeoning progressive movement of the Sixties hide spoiler Night Orders barely qualifies as a Wild Card story, it s predominantly a political alternate history that fills an important gap in the timeline Police On My BackA naive, newly turned, earth controlling joker ace accidentally gets absorbed into a gangster s organization and finds himself caught between sadistic criminals and uncaring cops.A portrait of destructive police attitudes toward minority communities ProbationaryThe Falklands War through the eyes of an untested military ace Archimedes who fires off long range narrow focus EMP blasts One of my favorite stories in this volume A riveting ground level view of real life historical battles I spent a lot of time running to Wikipedia for details and comparisons and a smart look at how someone might learn to use a narrow superpower in the real world Twisted Logic The Green Man When a mid level public servant is transformed into living wood, Winston Churchill himself recruits him to infiltrate the Twisted Fists, a violent jokers rights terrorist organization He leaves his family and spends ten years climbing the organizational ladder view spoiler only to have his hopes for eventual extraction go up in smoke with Churchill s unexpected death Green Man finds himself trapped into becoming the actual leader of the terrorist group hide spoiler An excellent world builder The Ceremony of InnocenceThe origin story of Double Helix, an intersex ace who transforms into hyper alluring male and female forms, both of whom can teleport He s recruited against his will by Captain Flint into MI7, the Order of the Silver Helix, and trained in every skill ever.A worthy backstory to one of the best characters in the Wild Cards universe How to Turn a Girl to Stone Stonemaiden A 14yo girl with a cursed ace is bullied, cajoled, and deceived by her greedy, fearful parents into murdering trusting animals for profit One of my two favorites Heartbreakingly satisfying in its grimdarkness The VisitorA lifelong invalid suddenly finds herself with the ability to commandeer the bodies of people who ve come into contact with her She uses this gift compassionately and responsibly, until a thug moves into the group home and begins to hurt people.My other favorite In all but stature, Angela is the kind of tragic, John Coffey esque gentle giant character for which I have a huge soft spot Made me want to crawl into the book to help, to comfort, to do SOMETHING to make things right