Feb 202013
 
Review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World DominationThe Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius by John Joseph Adams
Published by Tor on Feb 19, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. This anthology, however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses—from their own wonderfully twisted point of view.

An all-star roster of bestselling authors—including Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire…twenty-two great storytellers all told—have produced a fabulous assortment of stories guaranteed to provide readers with hour after hour of high-octane entertainment born of the most megalomaniacal mayhem imaginable.

Everybody loves villains. They’re bad; they always stir the pot; they’re much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How—and why—do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world?

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in luck: It’s finally time for the madmen’s side of the story.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a unique collection of stories about evil geniuses. There were some good stories, and some not-so-good stories, told by well known authors and not-so-famous authors. My favourite part of the collection was the introductions to each story. They were well thought out and highlighted the best parts of each story. Some of my favourite stories were the following:

The Executor – This was an exciting, coherent, full story with an easy to discern message about the power of love and family. This story was exactly what I would expect from the author of Robopocalypse.

The Angel of Death has a Business Plan – This was a humourous and fun story that featured a very evil villainess. I love the idea of a therapist for villains, especially one whose specialty is reducing monologues. They really are the downfall of most villains.

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter – A sad and interesting story that answers the what if question about the children of a few well known villains. I would love to see this story expanded to a full novel.

The Space Between – An Outlander story(!) about Jamie’s daughter as she travels to Paris to become a nun. As one of the longer stories in the collection, this is obviously meant to be one of the draws of the book. There are quite a few recognizable characters which gives the story extra meaning to readers of the series.

There were many other stories that I enjoyed, including several that seemed like teasers to full length novels. I’d recommend this anthology to readers who enjoy superhero stories, stories about good versus bad, and of course, fans of the Outlander series.

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