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Make It a WILD CARDS Christmas

Pat of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist runs good contests, evil Dallas Cowboys fan that he is. Right now he's giving away five sets of the first two books in our current Wild Cards triad, INSIDE STRAIGHT and BUSTED FLUSH.

Check out the details at http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2009/11/win-set-of-wild-cards-novels.html

Meanwhile, Tor has scheduled the release of SUICIDE KINGS, the third and concluding volume of the Committee triad, for December 22.

The contributing writers for this one are Ian Tregillis, Caroline Spector, Melinda Snodgrass, Victor Milan, S.L. Farrell, and Daniel Abraham.

Rustbelt, the Amazing Bubbles, Double Helix, the Radical, Gardener, and Jonathan (Bugsy) Hive provide the threads for our tapestry in this tale of love, war, revenge, and madness in the heart of darkness... but other Wild Cards favorites will also appear, including Cameo, Hoodoo Mama, Lohengrin, Dr. Finn, Popinjay, and many more. Not to mention the usual host of new characters, in parts both large and small.

So draw an ace for Xmas, and give Wild Cards a try. You won't be sorry.


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Dec. 1st, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Having never read any of the Wild Card novels, are these written by committee? How does that work? They seem interesting, but I've not had much luck with novels-by-committee.

.... and GO COWBOYS! ;-)
Dec. 1st, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
For this trilogy, each writer contributes one or more stories following a particular character or set of characters, and the stories feed into one another to follow through an overall narrative. See here, I think Wikipedia gives a pretty good description.

In the past, some of the books were really anthologies with quite independent stories. Then they introduced a more connected narrative arc, which eventually evolved into full-on mosaic novels where several writers essentially worked on chunks of a single novel. This trilogy is more in the connected narrative arc but still somewhat separate stories area.

Wild Cards must now be the longest-running and most successful non-media shared world setting, so I think they're doing something right. The best introduction to the setting is the original Wild Cards novel, but this latest trilogy follows a mostly whole new cast of characters and are specifically written to be an introduction for new readers. Give it a go, they're quite fun (especially if you enjoy superheroes).
Dec. 1st, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I didn't realize there were so many of them. I'll add these to my reading list.
Dec. 1st, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
"So draw an ace for Xmas, and give Wild Cards a try. You won't be sorry."

You missed a career in sales, George. :D
Dec. 1st, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
That cover gets more and more beautiful each time I see it. If a great big sack of money fell from the sky, I'd want Komarck to illustrate a triptych of pulp heroes. The Shadow, Doc Savage, and Tarzan would be neat to see depicted in the same style as this cover. So cool.

I wonder why Marvel and DC haven't yet come around to hammer at his door?
Dec. 1st, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I'm with Sprout. I want Mark Meadows back.
That would be a great Christmas present.
Dec. 2nd, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Completely off-topic, but I just wanted to say that I skipped Hunter's Run at the time it came out and am now kicking myself for having waited this long to read it - I'm currently chomping at the bit to get home so I can finish it.

I guess I should stop being surprised when a GRRM book is this good.
Dec. 2nd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Looking forward to the new book. Is the new reprint of the first book still in the works?
Dec. 2nd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, working on it.
Dec. 2nd, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
My Christmas list is primarily composed of Wild Cards books already! I own only the first six and Busted Flush. Obviously this is going to have to be added on the end. ;)

These books are amazing. Anyone who has not read any of them, I strongly recommend that you do.
Dec. 2nd, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
I simply didn't know where to write this, therefore I will write it here. I would have preferred to send an e-mail, but I couldn't find an address.

I love your work. I am a complete maniac - today I bought "A Feast For Crows", although I am broke. Still, I cannot wait to receive it and start reading. I read all the other books in less than one week, because I couldn't stop reading, it was like a drug.

Thank you for all your work and for all the effort. "Ice and fire" series is a fantasy masterpiece and I will remain forever one of your most enthusiastic readers.

All my best wishes.

Dec. 3rd, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Is this the closest you are going to get to wild card this year?

Dec. 6th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Great review for SUICIDE KINGS at

Dec. 7th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Someone at Engadget is a fan of yours.


A Dance of Dragons was cameo'd in the Nook Review.
Dec. 11th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
christmas wild cards
it seems like i heard new things about Christmas, its wild cards. I heard in the categories of Christmas Gifts that is Christmas Cards but this is new for me and some of us as well. By the way you described it well. Thanks
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