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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy bunny View Post
    I was just browsing amazon.co.uk, and as well as noting that book 5 of ASoIaF's due next month,
    Anybody else find it funny that the above statement was written 6 1/2 years ago?

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    I have been thinking of jumping into this series, so I was wondering if anybody knows anything about the reprints of the original books. I have ordered the first one, but I see nothing about the next.

    Also, as much as I'd like to, I just know I won't be able to go through the whole series before I lose interest, so I was wondering if jumping from the first to the new ones would mean missing a lot of refferences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland 85 View Post
    I have been thinking of jumping into this series, so I was wondering if anybody knows anything about the reprints of the original books. I have ordered the first one, but I see nothing about the next.

    Also, as much as I'd like to, I just know I won't be able to go through the whole series before I lose interest, so I was wondering if jumping from the first to the new ones would mean missing a lot of refferences?
    I think the info a couple of posts above this one is as good as we're going to get for the time being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy bunny View Post
    Has anyone read these? How many volumes are there? Is the series complete? What did people think?
    I'm slightly biased because the series has a Sri Lankan character, and I'm originally from Sri Lanka. Even though he's relatively minor, I have never before seen any such character in speculative fiction.

    But I also like the grittiness of the story and the fact that there are so many mutations which are simply useless or ineffective.

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    I haven't read past the first 2 or 3-not because I didn't want to, but just didn't get time. It certainly is something different, and some good writing and creativity-I agree about "outdoing" one another and got a bit much, but what I read was certainly creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland 85 View Post
    I have been thinking of jumping into this series, so I was wondering if anybody knows anything about the reprints of the original books. I have ordered the first one, but I see nothing about the next.

    Also, as much as I'd like to, I just know I won't be able to go through the whole series before I lose interest, so I was wondering if jumping from the first to the new ones would mean missing a lot of refferences?
    Book 1 is out now, Books 2 and 3 should be reprinted next year sometime. The reprinting of the rest depends on sales.

    The three new-generation books (to be joined by a fourth next year) are a fresh 'reboot' of the series, focusing on a new generation of Aces and Jokers with the older ones mostly showing up in cameo. You might get some more references if you've read the older books, but they were designed to stand alone.

    I read the two WILD CARDS stories in DREAMSONGS and they seemed pretty solid stuff, if not too exciting.

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    Thanks. I'll probably read the original first and then move on to the reboot until the reprints come out.

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    I've just finished Inside Straight, and I thought it was great. I'm looking to pick up Busted Flush and Suicide Kings once I've finished my current pile of books to read.

    I've been wanting to read the Wild Cards books for a while now, but the first ones have been impossible to get, until recently with the reprint. I'm not too sure that I'll be buying them, though, as I'm more interested in the books that are mosaic novels, rather than a collection of short stories. I really liked how the majority of characters in Inside Straight kept appearing throughout the story.

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    FYI, the Wild Cards series is now being rolled out as ebooks, from book #1; hopefully they'll put the entire series out as ebooks (with better covers... the cover art throughout the series has gone through numerous phases, many of them awful, but the latest books and the ebook reissues of numbers 1 and 2 are excellent).

    I've read the entire series, and recommend it. It's a great mix of scientifically-plausible superheroes and villians (if you can accept humanoid aliens, that is) and realistic drama with realistic consequences. The history has grown incredibly rich and world-spanning. It is by far my most favorite series, bar none.

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    The series is getting its first UK reprints for many, many years. The first two books are out in November and December, and the third in March. The series will then jump forwards to the newer books, running from Inside Straight onwards, starting in June. The intervening books will be published if sales are good:

    Last edited by Werthead; September 12th, 2012 at 05:38 PM.

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    I like SF. SF is cool. Steven L Jordan's Avatar
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    Nice quality covers... I like them much better than the originals we saw in the U.S., though I suppose I could quibble about the characters chosen for each book (I would've put Tachyon, Golden Boy and maybe Croyd on the first cover, for instance).

    I see they had to throw in the "Game of Thrones" bone on each cover... oh well, that's marketing for ya.

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    I'm curious about something: When I first started the series (its first paperback printing), I was taken aback by the level and detail of sexuality. Now, I see it as on the racier side of tame, not quite porn, but occasionally close to it. I aim for my next novel to match roughly that level of sexuality.

    How are most of you WC readers about the sex as it's been depicted in the series? Too much? Not enough? No big deal? Inappropriate for what is essentially a pulp homage SF series?

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    Ugh, ugh. That's like '90s rendered art. It's absolutely terrible. They look like books I'd have read as a young teenager. Couldn't they have hired an artist to paint the cards?

    How they're better than this is beyond me:

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    I'm not really digging the US cover for Aces High, it has to be said. However, apart from that Komarck's cover art has been vastly superior to all other editions.

    The UK edition of Wild Cards is the newer 2011 edition, with several new stories, just to clarify.

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    But at least the US covers don't look like a tie-in series for an imported '90s action show.

    Wild Cards I was recently re-issued by Tor US too, so is that the one to buy if you're importing, Adam?

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