Texas Hold’em (Wild Cards, #27)
by George R.R. Martin
- November 6th 2018
- by Tor Books
- Original Title Texas Hold’em (Wild Cards, #27)
- ISBN 0765390590
- (ISBN13: 9780765390592)
Bubbles and the Band Trip By Caroline Spector
Dear Dear Dear, Caroline, what a wonderful story. I really appreciate the lighter theme of this book. I know that Wild Cards seems to go through cycles, from light to dark stories, in triplicates is part of what a long term reader expects from the series. I am happy that you were the main interstitial of this lighter look at the Wild Card universe. Your voice was seen throughout the story, the humor, and sarcasm punctuated the book in remarkable ways. I have always loved Bubbles, and to see her dealing with teenage Adesina brings such a human quality to story. I am amazed by your knowledge of Band competitions, and Jazz. The books could be a lesson in both of those topics on their own. I like to see the ACE characters having to deal with normal everyday things. It’s outlandishly funny and poignant that Bubbles has to struggle not to “bubble” everything that annoys her. That her strong aggressive nature does not help her in the annoyances of normal life. The dynamics of motherhood, being a chaperone, not only make the story but the fact that you are looking at prejudice and radical groups reminds us what the series originally brought to light. Great job.
The secret life of Rubberband by Max Gladstone
Welcome Max Gladstone, I have been waiting a while for your contribution. Although I did preview the Tor release of “Fitting in”, I like the nuances of your Wild Cards character. The idea that what works for other characters in the series, namely the American Hero Television show, did not benefit all those who joined the show. Mr. Ruttiger has a place in the series, his flexible ability, and morphemic body shape is something I can see continuing through the series, I hope he will be as beloved as other characters in the series. I love your new voice in the books, and your relaxed writing style. Welcome.
Jade Blossom’s brew William F Wu
Welcome back Mr Wu, its has been a while, I was excited that you would come back to the series when I heard at Bubonicon that you had a new story. I was hoping to see Lazy Dragon, but Jade Blossom is another remarkable character that you created. Your remarkable ability to add another element of race and perception to the Wild Card series has always been one of the hallmarks of the series. Your story adds to the story one more pound of frustration to the main character and makes the tension increase in the story. Thank you for adding your voice to the series again.
Beats, Bugs and boys by Diana Rowland
Welcome Diana Rowland, It’s been a while that this reader of the series has waited for your contribution of the series. I knew when you came in over two years ago to the series, and wanted to see what you would bring to there series. One Beats, and Bugs and boys… fits, your writing style and your ability to bring a new voice into this complex series is admirable. Looking at the story you added has become one of the key stories in the book. Your viewpoint of a child who had no contact with the Wild Card world dealing with her own power and ability is refreshing and will help new fans understand the series.
Dust and the Darkness by Victor Milan
Oh my my my, the last solo Victor Milan story, can I take a moment and breath that in. In the Texas hold’em story this story so seamlessly steps into the story as a beloved fan I had to take a breath. Melinda Snodgrass and GRRM great job of editing and placing the story. How do I feel? Frustrated that Dust and Darkness will not get a solo novel. Victor has a way of making characters you want to know more about. Darkness is an intriguing character. Why does she have the ACE ability to create darkness? How absolute is that darkness? How long does it stay after her, so many questions? Dust, his backstory, where he is in life, where he is going, it needs to be told. The idea that a broken bull rider can find a new lease in life is so poignant with the reality that this is one of the last stories we get from this prolific and wonderful man. The idea that you can go on and find purpose in life after your dreams have been ended, but that your friends and family connections will be there to help you is so hopeful. I saw reminders of that in the story, as Victor used quotes from Melinda, Caroline, and GRRM in his story. With tears in my eyes I raise my glass to Victor’s continued accomplishments.
Is Nobody Going to San Antone? by Walton Simons
Well Bud, you have a character in Jerry.. to see Mr Nobody have another story has been fun. The awkward nature of his experience is just another light note in this series of stories. I loved the reminder of Mighty Joe Young, and the other black and white films. The appearances of classic movie actors and characters always makes Jerry a fun character. To see that he was able to help other ACE’s in the series is one of the things I love about the series. Like Croyd, Jerry is a fun reminder of the original stories. The fact that he became Joe, not only is hilarious, but those fans that have been around will remember that he has a problem with being a large ape.
Drop City by David Anthony Durham
“Wow” David Durham has found a new power I admire so much, his character DJ is an ACE with an amazing twist to his power that just makes not only this volume of Wild Cards, but something that we all wish could happen in the real world. How would it be in the world today would have someone with this ACE power, that for a night you could be in the body of another person? To see the racism, the limitations of disability, and so many other things in life that cause hatred and prejudice put on the person whom judges others by appearances not conduct of character. It was a moment of justice in the series, but dang that is a cooooool ACE.