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Nov 16 2011 12:30pm

Wild Cards eBooks Now $2.99!

Wild Cards eBooks Now $2.99!

Tor Books is pleased to announce a special Wild Cards promotion in anticipation of the impending release of Wild Cards: Aces High (Dec. 20th) and the exciting news that Wild Cards is in development to become a movie. From November 16th until December 14th the following four Wild Cards titles will be available in the U.S. for $2.99 each wherever eBooks are sold!

Wild Cards I
Suicide Kings
Busted Flush
Inside Straight

The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is an alternate history tale in which human DNA was rewritten in 1946 creating superheroes among 1% of the population. The “Wild Cards” are those heroes endowed with various powers.

29 comments
Fred Kiesche
1. FredKiesche
Not according to Amazon. Wild Cards I still $9.99, etc.
DanielM
2. DanielM
...except on Amazon...? Still $10 for the Kindle edition.
Matthew B
3. MatthewB
Every time one of these gets posted i come in with the same comment: LINK?

There's a link to a book i can't actually read yet, but not to the books you are ostensibly promoting in this article. I don't even care that you guys alaways link to B&N even though i usually prefer to shop at Amazon. Just link somewhere - anywhere - where i can actually click a button and buy the book.

Like this:
Wild Cards I
Suicide Kings
Busted Flush
Inside Straight

(That took all of 5 minutes, including clicking each link in preview to make sure it was correct.)
Fred Kiesche
5. FredKiesche
There's no mention, BTW, that I can find of a sale at the Tor Blog so I wonder if this was a premature mention or ???
Irene Gallo
6. Irene
Hi Guys,

Amazon’s system seems to be slower but they will be avalble there soon.
UPDATE: Amazon has caught up to the 2.99 price.

As for the links -- Mathew, in the past we found linking lead people to believe they are only availble through that one retailer, and since linking to iBooks is more problematic than others, we decuded to let people find them on the platform they are using.
Fred Kiesche
7. FredKiesche
Thanks, Irene, I'll keep checking Amazon. What can I say, I've got this credit card just burning a hole in my pocket!
DanielM
8. KrazyKarlo
I really wish that more things were carried by Kobo (my choice here in Canada). They only list the first book in their catalog, and it's $10.99.
Irene Gallo
9. Irene
And, Amazon seems to have caught up -- they are now 2.99.
Fred Kiesche
10. FredKiesche
Amazon has WC01 for $2.99 but still hasn't caught up with the other three. I'll keep hitting refresh (bought WC01 a while ago).
DanielM
11. Josh V
So they're like X-Men?

I wish George R.R. Martin would focus on finishing "Song of Ice & Fire" (or Fire & Ice?). But for $3 I may have to check these out.
DanielM
12. Xandira
Bah. Its still full price in Canada. Never mind then.
DanielM
13. iGaucho
I'm not very familiar with this series. Are these all self-contained stories? I noticed from B&N's website that some of these are high numbered in the series. Do you need to read them all chronologically?
Rob Munnelly
14. RobMRobM
WC are a "mosaic" novel. Bunch of authors tell interlocking stories in a single agreed upon world. Here, an alien virus is released over Manhattan that kills off many people, gives 10% weird "Joker" looks and powers, and gives 1% superhuman "Ace" powers. So, sort of like Xmen re the Aces but with a huge volume of Jokers who are treated like a bizarre minority culture and often are persecuted by unthinking or wrong thinking outsiders. It also provides an alternate history, as America and other countries are changed by the virus.

I like the books, and love some of the individual characters and chapters. One good example is GRRM's character, the Amazing Turtle, who is a pretty messed up kid with extreme telekinetic powers. The series can be uneven, however.

There are a couple of examples of WC chapters on the Tor.com site for free. Check them out if you want a feel for the world. Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan is one of my favorites - upper class college girl goes downtown to a club with her out of control party friend, gets caught up in the middle of a criminal activity, and ends up having to use the secret Ace power that she has kept to herself for years. She also ends up encountering Croyd, an oddball Roger Zelazny Ace introduced in one of the earliest WC chapters.

The Rook tells of a normal kid, the son of a famous cop, who graduates law school but ends up joining the police force and getting assigned to the Jokertown precinct, where all two partner pairings are with one normal and one powered cop. All sorts of wackiness ensues.

One final note - the later WC novels are relatively recent - last few years - and focus on a Survivor - type show called American Aces, where they have to work in teams and, following elimination, eventually battle each other to be the winner. As with the real Survivor and similar reality games, interpersonal dynamics ensue.

Rob
Rob Munnelly
15. RobMRobM
iGaucho - I have only read the four highlighted above. Many of the earlier books are hard to find/out of print. While reading them all might have improved the experience, they stood on their own well.

Rob
DanielM
16. Andre Elias
Meh, also full price at Macmillan... http://us.macmillan.com/wildcardsi/GeorgeMartin (and Amazon, at least for me)
Cathy Mullican
17. nolly
Not at the sale price on Google eBooks yet, either.
DanielM
18. Kiwi
Showing up for me as "pricing information not available" on Amazon.com
DanielM
19. Johnl
9.99 in the apple store
DanielM
20. the high priest
Yes - what's the deal with KOBO? only book1, and currently $10?
Irene Gallo
21. Irene
My apologies, guys. Some of the retailers are faster than others.

As for non-US markets, I'm afraid we do not have the rights to run these promotions outside of the US.
Nick Eden
22. NickPheas
I wonder if the high prices I'm seeing are because it's detecting that I'm not in the USA? Would probably buy the new version of the first book at that price.
Nick Eden
23. NickPheas
Don't worry about it too much Irene. If no-one wants to sell us things legally I'm sure that they'll turn up on torrent sites before long.
DanielM
24. The High Priest
Looks like KOBO has the Wild Cards I up @ 2.99!!! Still none of the other books are available for purchase (except Fort Freak) --- would love them to get the complete deck up there...
Irene Gallo
26. Irene
Trust me, Nick, we have no qualms about respecting the rights and agreements we have made with our authors, the larger world of publishing, and bookstores.
Cathy Mullican
27. nolly
Still full price on Google eBooks, which backs the IndieBound stores.
DanielM
28. Fredrik Larsson
I'm in Australia and I can't find these books on Amazon, at any price.
They are just not there.
Have Amazon pulled them all together for non US customers?
DanielM
29. LG
I'm in France but I own the Kindle and read all of my books in English.

So I always buy from amazon.com and I've had no issue buying "inside straight", "busted flesh" and "suicide kings" (thanks for the promotion Tor!).
But "wild cards I" is still at full price... it's very strange

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