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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 The best way for me to describe the experience of reading this collection was with this anecdote During an outing for a meal with colleagues and friends Whilst ordering our desserts we couldn t decide what we wanted So we pretty much ordered many different cakes We kept passing the different cakes around where each person cut a piece, after that they would pass it along to the next We called it the cake roulette This is what reading Knaves over Queens brought to mind Each short story and The best way for me to describe the experience of reading this collection was with this anecdote During an outing for a meal with colleagues and friends Whilst ordering our desserts we couldn t decide what we wanted So we pretty much ordered many different cakes We kept passing the different cakes around where each person cut a piece, after that they would pass it along to the next We called it the cake roulette This is what reading Knaves over Queens brought to mind Each short story and novella had its own flavour, was for its own reasons exciting and added to that the various cameos of characters from one story to another made them fun to look forward to The characters were interesting enough to keep my attention as well as made me empathise with them on some level I also liked that there was an element of progression all throughout The historical elements added that extra bit of authenticity and gritty reality From the second world war and Churchill, Turing, to the Cray twins, Thatcher and the Falklands war, the troubles and therecent Brexit Peter Noble s superb narration matched the gritty tone throughout He made all the characters distinct to the point where I could tell who was who without hearing having to hear their names This was a solid 4 stars for me.And in case you are wondering, as far as continuity goes, you don t have to start from the first book to enjoy and fully appreciate this one 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 A kind of hit and miss collection of Wild Cards stories set in the U.K Sometimes not so U., actually I didn t really enjoy it as much as most of the previous volumes it didn t have the same connections between characters and stories that made the original books so enjoyable for me, nor the linkage of historical extrapolation that have been prevalent in therecent Tor volumes There were some good origin style stories, such as Kevin Andrew Murphy s Flint and Peter Newman s excellent Twi A kind of hit and miss collection of Wild Cards stories set in the U.K Sometimes not so U., actually I didn t really enjoy it as much as most of the previous volumes it didn t have the same connections between characters and stories that made the original books so enjoyable for me, nor the linkage of historical extrapolation that have been prevalent in therecent Tor volumes There were some good origin style stories, such as Kevin Andrew Murphy s Flint and Peter Newman s excellent Twisted Logic, but several of the entries struck me as okay stories that lacked a Wild Cards feel, such as the Mark Lawrence, Emma Newman, and Peadar O Guilin entries I thought the Stross was okay but got nothing from the Cornell I enjoyed the Caroline Spector story, the Markos Kloos was okay, and my favorite was Melinda Snodgrass telling of the early days of her popular schizo hero Noel Noelle friends It s not a bad book, but didn t fit my idea of Takisian chronology My favourite all time series.Best bits Origin stories for Captain Flint and Double Helix The latter is a terrific character Melinda Snodgrass is an underrated writer IMO.The villain characters The Green Man and Badb are three dimensional and the stories were excellent.Stonemaiden and The Visitor had very similar structured stories and were both about teenage girls both terrific nonetheless.My favourite story was the one about Jenny Three Arms and the Mole There needs to bestori My favourite all time series.Best bits Origin stories for Captain Flint and Double Helix The latter is a terrific character Melinda Snodgrass is an underrated writer IMO.The villain characters The Green Man and Badb are three dimensional and the stories were excellent.Stonemaiden and The Visitor had very similar structured stories and were both about teenage girls both terrific nonetheless.My favourite story was the one about Jenny Three Arms and the Mole There needs to bestories with co protagonist male and female characters.Average bit The Seamstress story was trademark Wild Cards, chock full of cameos and evoked the period of time well but the story wasn t anything special.Below average bits Archimedes not really sure why he is called that had some very good, and presumably accurate, research into the Falklands War but the plot felt a little dry.The other story evoked the feel of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy well but the lead character is entirely forgettable and I m not sure that the plot made sense Terrific addition to the Wild Cards world, with a talented authorial lineup firing on all cylinders Spanning the years from Wild Card day to the present, mimicking the form of the first Wild Cards book, but with a British bent on the history, this ensemble effort really doesn t have a weak entry Strongly recommended. |Free Pdf ⚑ Knaves Over Queens: A Wild Cards Novel ⚔ 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 La source blanche : L'étonnante histoire des dialogues avec l'Ange Knaves Over Queens is an all new adventure set in London Le sourire à visage humain : Suivi de Citoyen, citoyenneté et Encore plus de plus featuring a fresh cast of characters from the Wild Cards universeDeveloped by aliens and field tested on Earth Soigner les plantes par les huiles essentielles et les huiles végétales the virus known as Xenovirus Takis A was released in New York in Préparation aux examens de coiffure CAP : Sciences et technologie 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 Joyeux anniversaire - Livre d'or à écrire - 18 ans - taille M - Violet Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill Le Démon et mademoiselle Prym gifted with extraordinary longevity ECG en pratique courante : Situation clinique, examen, commentaire together with the Enigma ace Alan Turing La planète aux vents de folie (La romance de Ténébreuse, tome 1) 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 Mes 9 Procédés Secrets Pour Accroître l'Autonomie Affective (2ième Édition) Knaves Over Queens features the writing talents of Paul Cornell Mes 9 Procédés Secrets Pour Accroître l'Autonomie Affective (2ième Édition) Knaves Over Queens features the writing talents of Paul Cornell Beyond Tomorrow Mark Lawrence Beyond Tomorrow Kevin Andrew Murphy Les requins sont-ils des fossiles vivants ? L'évolution des poissons cartilagineux Emma Newman LA COMMUNICATION SOUS UNIX. Applications réparties, 2ème édition Peter Newman L’Identité de la France (Tome 2) - Les hommes et les choses I Peadar O Guilin Xenogears Perfect Works Melinda M Snodgrass Xenogears Perfect Works: The Real Thing Caroline Spector Encyclopédie illustrée des dinosaures et animaux préhistoriques and Charles StrossNow in development for TV Rights to develop Wild Cards have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions Soeur Marie-Marthe Chambon et les saintes plaies de Jésus the team behind The Magicians and Mr Robot Adrien Et Super-A Cuisinent Et Aiment Autrement: Lecons de Vie Pour Enfants Avec Autisme Ou Tdah with the co editor of Wild Cards 食戟のソーマ 34 [Shokugeki no Souma 34] Melinda Snodgrass Baby, Be Mine 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 This book haunted my dreams As ever with an anthology or mosaic novel, some parts are stronger than others, but overall it was a rich and fascinating world I do hope that the plight of Great Britain s Aces, Knaves and Jokers is revisited by this series Bought on a whim and adored. I read a couple of negative reviews about this volume of Wild Cards 26 Wow Honestly, I don t get it Yes, there are always some stories throughout the series that aren t great, a very few that are inconsistent editorial wise , butI read this as a further fleshing out of the WC world and enjoyed the read I finished it over a weekend, and glad I got the chance it was released in the US months after its UK release A new WC book is coming in December Already ordered. 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.