Wild Cards, Ace in the Hole: Wild Cards (Wild Cards, Book 1) (Volume 1)

Wild Cards - George R.R. Martin, Walter Jon Williams, Mike Zeck, Leanne C. Harper, Melinda M. Snodgrass, John J.  Miller, Edward Bryant, Victor Milán, Brian Bolland, Lewis Shiner, Stephen Leigh, Howard Waldrop, Roger Zelazny I started this book last year for the one and only reason that it was directed by George Martin, and I was in love with his style from his now well-known and massively-mediatized series, A Song of Ice and Fire . I loved that series, every second of it, so here I was bouncing up and down when I heard that George Martin was the editor to another series, and not just ANY kind of series, but one that took 21 books to be written.

Wait for me, heaven of long stories, I'm just around the corner.

So I got the book on my ebook and I hungrily started reading it. I loved the story and the really innovative way to talk about and invasion and all that, but I don't know why, it took me like two months to finish it. Two fucking months. It might have something to do with the fact that while I'm in school I have to pick the books I read really carefully because I don't have that much time to read. Of course, once the Christmas vacantion started I fired up and read like four, five hundred pages a day and that's just for starters because I was really "hungry" for books.

The thing is, this wasn't written by Martin. He was the editor. Other people, many other people wrote it and all these passages follow the same story, sort of, but they speak of different things and what's most troubling is that it's written in different styles and you can feel that throughout the pages.

Anyways, let's get back to the subject. Out there, in this Universe, another civilization decides to use Earth as a playground and they release a virus on our planet that is supposed to mess with our genetic encoding and make something else of humans. Well, it did. But 9 out of 10 people died, and only one in ten of those (so that would be one in a hundred, i hate maths) really developed something good.

What was left was that after that day, the day that became known as the Wild Card day because the virus itself did very different things with humans and you didn't know what "card" you woulkd be given, humanity changed radically.

The Aces, the Jokers and the Deuces apeared. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this way of talking about the virus and the effects it had. The Aces were the ones with good powers like telekinesis and hulkuesque powers that could lift houses with one finger of their foot while standing upright on their tongue. These Aces kept their human form and could do really good things. The Jokers are the men and women and children that got the ugly part of the wild card - they became monsters. Red skin, burning flesh, animal parts, no powers but just complete filth and ugliness. And the Deuces were the ones with really useless powers like being able to transform into a puddle of water.. like in case you wanted to be mopped around the floor of a restaurant.

The story unfolds from there, with government decrees and other really cool things. I liked this book, and I have no goddamned ideea why it took me so long to finish it. Really. None.