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Texas Hold'em

(Wild Cards #27)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Texas Hold'em: A Wild Cards Novel is an adventure in the bestselling shared-universe science fiction superhero series, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and featuring the writing talents of David Anthony Durham (Acacia Trilogy), Max Gladstone (the Craft Sequence), Victor Milan (Dinosaur Lords series), Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian and White T ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Tor Books
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Marta Cox
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This amazing collaboration is set in the world created initially by George R.R. Martin and I love that others get to play upon this rich tapestry. Essentially it's set in a time after Earth has been forever changed by an alien virus. The population is still human but many are something much more terrifying. We have those known as Jokers, with mental and physical deformities; others known as Aces possess powers that resemble superheroes and yes they are outnumbered by the normal humans and often ...more
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I thoroughly enjoy Martin's Wild Card series and was pleasantly surprised to see this particular one deals with the children affected by this changing world. Set during a band competition, Martin and his compatriots adjust their voices and write a lively, witty, action-packed story that addresses racism, prejudice and religious fear.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
An okay entry in the Wild Cards series for YA readers. A high school band competition brings together a band of jokers, some hidden aces, and a mix of admirers and bigots in San Antonio Texas.The students and their escorts, adult aces, deal with protesters, conspiracies, runaways, great music, romance, traps, crude humor, and other goings-on. Some of the multiple stories dragged and were less than essential to the primary plot (the story in which a pianist runs away with a charismatic ace and is ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Texas Hold'em is the twenty-seventh book in the Wild Cards series. This should not be read as a standalone or you will have have a difficult time understanding what Jokers, Aces, and Wildcards are and how they became that way. This is an average story in the series and is geared towards Young Adults as it deals with a group of high school students who travel to a band contest. This adult enjoyed it for the story it was.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Texas Hold'em (Wild Cards, #27)
by George R.R. Martin

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 editor of this lighter look at the Wild Card universe. Your voice was seen through out the story, the humor, an
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Wild Cards Teen Edition, with special appearance by the Westboro Baptist Church.

The Jokertown High Jazz Band buses to Texas to participate in an elite national jazz band competition. Martin and company use the wild card virus as a metaphor to explore the traumatic transformative nature of adolescence, and the setting--a fearful, largely joker and ace free Texas--to put religious bigotry under the microscope.

There were a few stories I enjoyed, but Texas Hold'em falls within the weaker end of the
Henry Lazarus
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
George R. R. Martin, who isn’t writing new Game of Throne books, has edited a heart-warming wild cards tale, Texas Hold'em (hard from Tor) set at a high-school Jazz band competition in San Antonio. The band from Xavier Desmond High are all jokers, causing lots of bible belt protests. There’s a stink bomb, a kidnaping, and a lot of music. Prejudiced kids are taught lessons, and somehow it all works out. It left a tear in my eye.Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press
I didn't mean to read this one in a single day (well, period of wakefulness, anyway), but I did. It was light and fun and worked pretty well - not as funny as I suspect people were aiming for, and a few dangling plot threads along the way, but coherent and enjoyable, albeit something of a side story to the main arc of the series (although at least one plot development in it I suspect will be important down the line). Roll on volume 28
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
First of all, I've read all 25+ books in this series except 2 and 3 for some reason.

After the last grimdark series and the riverboat weirdness of the last one, this was a closer return to form. Plus...Popinjay! Fun little jaunt.

What's needed in the next book is a return to form with more of the variety of powers going up against powers.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wild-cards
I've read all of the Wild Cards novels and I have to say it's my favorite series. The last couple of books were OK (loved High Stakes) but Texas Hold'em was really great. No saving the Earth, just a high school band trip. It was great seeing old friends return and the new characters were well done. Can't wait for more.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dnf. It is a day in the life of kids at a music competition. Not what I enjoy about the series. Hoping the next is better.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy the Wild Card shared world series this is a good book continuing with Aces, Jokers and those in between in the 21st century.
Doug Murphy
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
A mishmash featuring anti-joker fanatics at a high school band competition in San Antonio.
Shawn Manning
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun installment in the series. Certainly a bit lighter than the last volume.
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George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,

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  • Aces High (Wild Cards, #2)
  • Jokers Wild (Wild Cards, #3)
  • Aces Abroad (Wild Cards, #4)
  • Down and Dirty (Wild Cards, #5)
  • Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards, #6)
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  • One-Eyed Jacks (Wild Cards, #8)
  • Jokertown Shuffle (Wild Cards, #9)
  • Double Solitaire (Wild Cards, #10)