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Discards am Ebook Review first posted at www FantasyLiterature com Discards is a SF novelette set in the WILD CARDS shared universe an alternative history in which an airborne alien virus was

Discards am Ebook Review first posted at www.FantasyLiterature.com:Discards is a SF novelette set in the WILD CARDS shared universe, an alternative history in which an airborne alien virus was released in New York City after WWII and from there spread worldwide. The virus kills 90% of the humans who come into contact with it and mutates the rest, with 9% (the “Jokers”) developing useless, often repulsive, deformities and just 1% (the “Aces”) gaining superpowers.Discards takes place in Rio de Janeiro, among the outcasts of society. Tiago, a fifteen-year-old homeless boy who gets by collecting and reselling recyclable materials, wakes up one morning from a feverish sleep to find that he’s contracted the Wild Card virus. It has disfigured Tiago, giving him a patchwork of different skin colors and mismatched features. Rejected by everyone around him, Tiago loses even the small amount of security he had in life, and heads off to try to make a new life with other Jokers, or curinga. It’s a desperate life of poverty, in a world of drugs and violence, but when Tiago discovers that the Wild Card virus has also gifted him with a new ability, new possibilities begin to open up for him.Levine’s description of the grim life of a street kid in the slums of Rio hits home, with the desperation and the lawlessness underscored by the careless, wealthy tourists who flit in and out of the area. Tiago tries to live an honorable life as best he can, driven to theft but avoiding the greater evil of drug running. His superpower, as he begins to more fully develop it, has a poignant connection to his life as a catadore, a collector of recycled materials, as well as to his status as a person discarded by society, but Tiago learns to make the most of the hand he’s been dealt.Free online at Tor.com.. A new original story available on Tor Discards, by David D Levine, is the origin story of his Brazilian ace, the Recycler.. A viral Book Discards Originally posted at: http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2016/08/...I didn’t have a review copy of a book that was coming out this week, so I needed to find something to read and review. That being said, Wild Cards is (hopefully) coming to television, the Olympics are currently happening in Brazil and David D. Levine’s novel, Arabella of Mars, came out last month. So I asked myself: why not review the Tor original: “Discards“?For those who don’t know, Wild Cards is a shared universe edited primarily by George RR Martin of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones fame. In 1946, an alien virus is unleashed over New York City, killing many, turning some into hideous freaks (known as “Jokers”) and giving just a lucky few useful superpowers (who are known as “Aces”). Its a realistic take on the superhero genre, like Watchmen, told through anthologies and mosaic novels.“Discards” is the story of Tiago Gonçalves, a poor Brazilian teen who lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and picks through the landfill to find recyclables to sell. After recovering from an intense fever, he discovers he has caught the Wild Cards virus and his skin is now a patchwork of different skin colors, making him a joker. Thrown out of his home, he heads to the ghetto in Rio where the Jokers live, but finds himself on the street again when he refuses to work for the drug lords who dominate the city. While trying to survive, he learns that he has the power to draw organic material to himself. He quickly becomes one of the most efficient thieves in Rio, but when he decides to steal a rare strain of cocaine, he touches off a gang war that could get himself and many others killed.I won’t give too much of the plot away because this is a short story, but I enjoyed “Discards”. Most of the Wild Cards stories I have read so far are set no later than the 1980s and the story had some modern references that I liked, such as a reality TV show for Aces. I also appreciated how Levine played with my expectations and took the story in different directions than those I expected. Plus, given a lot of the news that has come out ahead of the Olympics about the corruption, poverty and pollution in Brazil, I thought Levine did a good job capturing the less pleasant side of this year’s host country.Admittedly this reminded me of a lot of the Wild Cards origin stories I have read so far. Tiago didn’t go out immediately and start saving lives with his powers (and will probably never entirely be committed to doing so). In fact, his first actions upon learning of his powers, even in our timeline, are completely criminal, which is par for a lot of Wild Cards origin stories. Admittedly, this does not make the story bad per se, but it was certainly a familiar formula. Granted it’s a formula I like, so why fix something that isn’t broken?If you know nothing about the Wild Cards universe, “Discards” by David D. Levine is a good place to start (for one thing, it’s free). Check it out and then pick up a copy Wild Cards’ first volume. There is plenty of time before the adaptation gets made (if it ever does).

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  1. David D Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars Tor 2016 and over fifty SF and fantasy stories His story Tk Tk Tk won the Hugo Award, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon Stories have appeared in Asimov s, Analog, FSF, and five Year s Best anthologies as well as award winning collection Space Magic from Wheatland Press.David is a contributor to George R R Martin s bestselling shared world series Wild Cards He is also a member of publishing cooperative Book View Cafe and of nonprofit organization Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc He has narrated podcasts for Escape Pod, PodCastle, and StarShipSofa, and his video Dr Talon s Letter to the Editor was a finalist for the Parsec Award In 2010 he spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert.David lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Kate Yule His web site is daviddlevine.

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  1. Review first posted at FantasyLiterature Discards is a SF novelette set in the WILD CARDS shared universe, an alternative history in which an airborne alien virus was released in New York City after WWII and from there spread worldwide The virus kills 90% of the humans who come into contact with it and mutates the rest, with 9% the Jokers developing useless, often repulsive, deformities and just 1% the Aces gaining superpowers.Discards takes place in Rio de Janeiro, among the outcasts of society [...]


  2. Originally posted at amazingstoriesmag 2016 08 I didn t have a review copy of a book that was coming out this week, so I needed to find something to read and review That being said, Wild Cards is hopefully coming to television, the Olympics are currently happening in Brazil and David D Levine s novel, Arabella of Mars, came out last month So I asked myself why not review the Tor original Discards For those who don t know, Wild Cards is a shared universe edited primarily by George RR Martin of A [...]


  3. Discards ebook by David D Levine Looking around the world for the stories of Wild Card victims In Rio the world of Wild Cards is divided between the affluent tourism business, and the crime filled slums A young boy who survives by hand to mouth living in the edges of Rio s trash dumps is totally changed by his affliction of the Wild Card virus Not only does he have a Joker card appearance, a mishmash of physical features, but he is rejected by those unaffected by the Virus He is forced to change [...]


  4. WildCards is the name of a book series edited by George R.R Martin, written over the years by many different writers In the wildcard world a new virus appeared, leaving the majority of the survivors, disparagingly called jokers, very deformed Few lucky ones, the aces, are left with super human powers.While I am not fond of super hero stories, I liked this novella, that is the origin story of one of this lucky survivors, the Brazilian ace Recycler It is the story of a young kid, living in poverty [...]


  5. I wish I would have read this before High Stakes I really enjoyed getting to know Tiago from this perspective rather than the one offered by the triad he appears in I love joker aces so I enjoyed learning about his power i also appreciated the unique worldview this story offered and the underlying environmentalism inherent in this story Wild Cards is one of the best series for dealing with the marginalization of real people in my opinion, and this story is a good example of why i think that.


  6. I have never read any of the Wildcards stories, but now I am thinking that I should This short deals with an orphaned teenage boy from Brazil that gets infected with the Wildcard virus He has to survive in a world that hates him, but this suddenly becomes easier when he gains certain super powers The story flows extremely well While not comic, it has moments of levity despite its dark premise It makes very good use of its setting, and it s certainly lured another reader in to the overarching ser [...]


  7. If nothing else, this Wild Cards story is a good way to get genre readers to pay attention to the lives of street kids in Rio s favelas Spoilers they don t have a great time of it Still, it never quite feels like the worthy aim and the novel enough power of the joker ace lead add up to anything than the sum of their parts Perhaps if he recurs in later tales it ll feel retroactively substantial.


  8. Set in GRRM s Wild Cards universe, this story is about Tiago, a poor teenager in Rio de Janeiro who gets infected with the Wild Card virus and transforms overnight I loved the main character, the Brazilian setting, and how well the writing flowed I d definitely read stories in this worldr 2016 03 30 discards


  9. This is the first of the Wild Cards that I have read A simple short story for it, but I definitely enjoyed it Was just long enough for you to connect with the character and see the beginnings of a good heroic storyline The story was not too dark, but dreary enough to sympathize with his plight Now I just need to read the rest of the series


  10. I really like dipping in and out of the Wild Cards series I ve only read one of the collections so far, but I ve read a couple other short stories since then I really want to read the whole series it s such an interesting universe I mostly liked this one, though parts of it were a bit silly to me.



  11. I enjoyed the theme of discarded things getting repurposed, including people I m not really a fan of the superhero genre, but I do want to read Wild Cards.





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