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Title:
Texas hold'em / edited by George R.R. Martin ; assisted by Melinda M. Snodgrass ; written by David Anthony Durham, Max Gladstone, Victor Milan, Diana Rowland, Walton Simons, Caroline Spector, William F. Wu.
Title Variants:
Texas hold them
ISBN:
9780765390592
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, [2018]

©2018
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381 pages ; 25 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Summary

Summary

Soon to be a show on Hulu!

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.

San Antonio, home of the Alamo, is also host to the nation's top high school jazz competition, and the musicians at Xavier Desmond High are excited to outplay their rivals. They are also jokers, kids with strange abilities and even stranger looks. On top of that, well, they are teenagers , apt for mischief, mishaps, and romantic misunderstandings.

Michelle Pond, aka The Amazing Bubbles, thinks that her superhero (and supermom) know-how has prepared her to chaperone the event. But when her students start going wayward, she'll soon discover the true meaning of "Don't mess with Texas."

Texas Hold'em features 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 Trash Zombie series), Walton Simons, Caroline Spector and William F. Wu.

Rights to develop Wild Cards have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team behind The Magicians and Mr. Robot , with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass, as executive producer.

The Wild Cards Universe
The Original Triad
#1 Wild Cards
#2 Aces High
#3 Jokers Wild

The Puppetman Quartet
#4: Aces Abroad
#5: Down and Dirty
#6: Ace in the Hole
#7: Dead Man's Hand

The Rox Triad
#8: One-Eyed Jacks
#9: Jokertown Shuffle
#10: Dealer's Choice

#11: Double Solitaire
#12: Turn of the Cards

The Card Sharks Triad
#13: Card Sharks
#14: Marked Cards
#15: Black Trump

#16: Deuces Down
#17: Death Draws Five

The Committee Triad
#18: Inside Straight
#19: Busted Flush
#20: Suicide Kings

The Fort Freak Triad
#21: Fort Freak
#22: Lowball
#23: High Stakes

The American Triad
#24: Mississippi Roll
#25: Low Chicago
#26: Texas Hold 'Em


Author Notes

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing at an early age, selling monster stories for pennies to neighborhood children. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University. In 1986, he worked as a story editor for the CBS series The Twilight Zone. He was also an executive story consultant, producer and co-supervising producer for CBS's Beauty and the Beast.

In 1970, he sold the story The Hero to Galaxy magazine. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1979, he has written many novels, stories, and series including A Song for Lya, Portraits of His Children, The Pear-Shaped Man, and the Song of Ice and Fire series. He has won numerous awards including five Locus Awards, three Hugo Awards and two Nebula awards. In 2013 he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his titles A Dance with Dragons and A Game of Thrones: a Clash of Kings, a Storm of Swords, a Feast for Crows. His title's Rogues and The Ice Dragon made the New York Times List in 2014. Martin's title, A Knight of Seven Kingdoms, A Song of Fire and Ice novel, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015. He is number 4 on the Hollywood Reporter's '25 Most Powerful Authors' 2016 list.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This 26th Wild Cards collaboration (following 2018's Low Chicago) keeps the stakes low and the conflicts personal. In 1946, the release of the alien "wild card" virus transformed the world, killing most of its victims while transforming the survivors into superpowered aces and disfigured jokers. This entry focuses on the teen musicians of the Xavier Desmond High School Jazz Band, aka the Jokertown Mob, as they travel to San Antonio, Tex., for a competition. Several stories possess YA crossover appeal, with David Anthony Durham's "Drop City" and Diana Rowland's "Beats, Bugs, and Boys" featuring the teen protagonists as they tackle anti-joker bias, relationship drama, inter-band rivalries, and sabotaged performances. Meanwhile, their adult chaperones have their own problems: Caroline Spector's "Bubbles and the Band Trip" and Max Gladstone's "The Secret Life of Rubberband" see their heroes hunting ghosts and confronting religious bigots, while the late Victor MilA¡n's "Dust and the Darkness" deals with a detective hired to retrieve a missing musician. Overall, this collection feels less intense than previous volumes, with more comedic undertones to balance the seriousness, and less darkness in general. With its ensemble cast of returning favorites and intriguing newcomers, it's a welcome change of pace, a satisfying palate cleanser before the series begins its next big arc. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.