George R. R. Martin – Winter’s Chill Audiobooktext
More than a dozen years ago, I received the first two Wild Cards books as a birthday present. I read the first one, I liked it, but I wasn’t so sure about the series. But I already had the second one, so I might as well give it a shot, right? What a difference a second chance made.
Wild Cards Volume 2 (Aces High) is, for me, where the Wild Cards series really started. Unlike the first book, which is a series of introductory and mostly unconnected plots, this one presents several central plots as the plots all begin to converge. George R. R. Martin – Winter’s Chill Audiobook An alien race known as The Swarm is heading for Earth. The astronomer, leader of the masons, prepares for his own conquest. And when one of your greatest defenders is a pimp whose powers only activate when he indulges in tantric sex, well, you’re in great trouble.
There are so many good things in this book that it’s hard to leave out. Lewis Shiner’s Pennies from Heaven establishes the astronomer as a real threat, setting the stage for this book and the next. Walter Jon Williams’ “Unto the Sixth Generation” is one of the cornerstones of the book, introducing the Swarm to the Wild Cards universe, as well as Williams’ robotic hero, Modular Man. Several other stories feature new, very long-lived characters; Walton Simons’ “If Looks Could Kill” boards the very dangerous James Spector (aka Demise). “By Lost Ways” asks Pat Cadigan to board Jane Dow, the water lily who would be really happy to hide in the background and whose story is more important than one might think at first … Last but not most importantly, George RR Martin’s The Story of “Jube” twists and makes his way through the book, combining short stories almost effortlessly.
Old favorites always abound, of course. Roger Zelazny’s “Ashes to Ashes” is a hysterical folly through Jokertown as the ever-unpredictable Croyd tries to embark on a simple search and location mission with predictable and disastrous results. George R.R. Martin’s “Winter’s Chill” showed Tom Tudbury that being an ace doesn’t make life beautiful at all; in fact, sometimes it can ruin it altogether. Melinda M. Snodgrass and Victor Milan coordinate their stories of “Relative Difficulties” and “With a Little Help from Friends” while Dr. Tachyon and Dr. Trips must join forces (not once but twice) to deal with the situation not very happy relationships. John J. Miller’s “Half Past Dead” is both an epilogue to Swarm’s story and continues Yeoman’s story.
There are very, very few books in the Wild Cards series where each story touches a home run, but it’s one of them (the next book, Jokers Wild, also manages to do so). If you were on the fence after the first book, believe me – this is the one you certainly can’t miss.
The book came faster than had been estimated. It is in good condition and is an excellent read. It’s a great series and I’ll order the rest.