Saturday, May 17, 2008

50 Book Challenge #27: Inside Straight

Much to the dismay of fans of his A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin also writes other things. His participation in the Wild Cards shared universe has always been an interesting sideline. It looks like that series will be enlivened by new authors and characters, with the first new volume of short stories being Inside Straight (two more collections are to follow).

What can I say? If you're a fan of the older Wild Cards collections, you'll like this one. The overall arc consists of a bunch of Aces participating in a reality show, "American Hero" and then deciding to intervene in a thinly veiled Darfur analogue. What their narrow victory says about our actual abilities to resolve foreign conflicts is an exercise left for the reader. Recommended for those familiar with the series.
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