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The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination (Book) Review

 
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A wide variety of authors and subjects makes for an interesting read.

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Not everyone wants to embrace the little bit of bad guy inside them.


Final Fiendish Findings?

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is the go-to book for super hero fans who have always felt the bad guys got the short end of the stick. It’s for anyone who has ever wanted to know just where the villain’s are coming from. Most importantly, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is for everyone who loves a good story.

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Posted February 1, 2013 by

 
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And now, for the other side of the story.

This is for the ones who felt kinda bad when Darth Vader took his fall. For those out there who can kind of see where The Joker is coming from. For the ones who felt like Captain Hammer should have really, you know, taken it easy on Dr. Horrible for once. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is for all of you who love the bad guys. Whether you love to hate them, or empathize with their hard knock stories, or just cause you’ve got a little of the evil doctor inside you, bad guys make for a great story. Rarely though, do we see things from their side of the story. I mean, for all we know, Lex Luthor could have had a darn good reason for his beef with Superman.

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is a great new compilation of mostly new short stories that tell the story from the other side. From homicidal office assistants to evil monologue therapists to circus freaks, there is something for everything in this robust set of tales. While you might think that “tell it from the bad guys point of view” would make the stories kind of monotonous after a while, there is really such a diverse set of voices in this book that each story leaves feeling like it’s an entirely new concept. A lot of really great authors contributed to this book, and they each have their own take on what being the bad guy really means.

There is an interesting cross section of villains in The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination as well. Some of them are instantly recognizable as descendants of some of the greatest villains of all time. From Frankenstein to Dr. Moreau, the evil genius of the mad scientists of olde did not die with them. It really isn’t a stretch to think that the daughter of Dr. Jeckyll might have a few hangups of her own, and the vivid writing really pulls you into the struggles involved with having that sort of background.

While there are a lot of favorite names in this encyclopedia of evil, there are even more brand new villains to sweeten the stories. From a brilliant mind who has calculated the mathematical need for a villain to counterbalance the extreme levels of power of the resident bad guy to an impossibly intelligent billionaire who kills and cares, some of these bad guys will make you feel absolutely empathetic to their stories. Thank goodness there’s plenty of pure evil in there too, lest things get too emotional.

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is the go-to book for super hero fans who have always felt the bad guys got the short end of the stick. It’s for anyone who has ever wanted to know just where the villains are coming from. Most importantly, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is for everyone who loves a good story.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)