Review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination

March 13, 2014 4 stars, Book Review 21 ★★★★

Are you a Villain Sympathizer!? Do you have delusions of grandeur? Stay up late night plotting a world takeover? Or perhaps find yourself with an insane cackle or a desire to create weapons of mass destruction!? You do!!? Well then The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is EXACTLY the short fiction collection for you! Villains can make or break a book for me, and I think if I could picture myself in a story, I would so be a villain. They have the best toys, and the in my mind some outrageous looking nutso fun. Alright maybe up until they die anyhow.

When I came across this collection, a little voice inside my head was chanting, please don’t suck, please don’t suck. Haha! Thankfully a mad genius must have compiled it because there was nary a story I didn’t enjoy. Be warned the content, style, and overall atmosphere of the stories vary greatly. Some are hilarious (Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List), others are dire and some can even be a bit crass.

I was going to hash out and rate each individual story, but alas I got so wrapped up that I just couldn’t be bothered to stop between stories. Plus there is a nifty little description at the front of each so why should I ruin the fun for you. I can tell you this though, if the theme of the collection appeals to you, I have no doubt that it will be enjoyed. ​

What…you’re still here!? *Breaks out her mind control ray gun* – if you’re a fan of the super villain, mad scientists, or just like to root for the bad guy at times, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is a collection definitely worth its salt.​

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination edited by John Joseph Adams

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21 Responses to “Review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      You know I can’t even honestly say because I I have never read any of the Outlander books so I’m not familiar with that world at all. Don’t shoot me…I hear they are good books, hopefully someday I’ll get to them.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Short stories are definitely not for everyone. I don’t know when or why I got into them but I’ve been hooked for years. It’s my favorite way to find new authors. Because you get just enough of a taste of whether you’ll like their style without getting yourself invested in the whole book. Especially if you have limited reading time. I hope your friend likes it!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think most collections are just as you said completely hit and miss. Its part of how I find new authors though. Better to hate 30 pages then to start a book and feel like I’m giving up by not finishing the whole novel you know?

  1. Rachel

    Thanks for the review on this (I probably would have missed out on this book otherwise), its sounds WONDERFUL!!

    I love villains, after all what would Batman be without Joker? (To name one of my FAVORITE villains EVER!!!)

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Hooray! Yes then you’ll DEFINITELY want to pick this one – indeed though I recommend VILLAINS VICTORIOUS even more. Its my favorite collection and its all about the bad guys. Its more diverse then this I think since this is more mad scientist you know where the other is all kinds of villains.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Me too – I love that most collections I see come out are themed because I like to know what I’m in for you know? Just like with a book where you get a description – obviously with a collection you can’t get a description of each one so the ‘theme’ works in place of that.

  2. jess @ Jessy's Bookends

    You are always choosing interesting titles and this one is no exception. The cover looks great and invites me to read. I love anthologies so I will look for this one. And yes, I’m a villain sympathizer because they make the story dynamic.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! I think part of it might be that I read all over the fantasy and sci-fi subgenres. Though I am still trying to work more sci fi books into my reading because I know I favor fantasy more. But stuff like this really just draws me and such an excellent way to see if you will like an author’s full length books.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Definitely a fun one for the nightstand! This one or VILLAINS VICTORIOUS which is all about the bad guys having their day in the sun. That one is actually still one of my favorite collections to this day.