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Book Title:
Starter Villain
Book Author:
John Scalzi
Page Count:
Publishing Date:
September 19th, 2023
Tor Books
Date Read:
October 7th, 2023


Inheriting your uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might think. Particularly when you discover who's running the place.

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan.

Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie.

But becoming a supervillain isn't all giant laser death rays and lava pits. Jake had enemies, and now they're coming after Charlie. His uncle might have been a stand-up, old-fashioned kind of villain, but these are the real thing: rich, soulless predators backed by multinational corporations and venture capital.

It's up to Charlie to win the war his uncle started against a league of supervillains. But with unionized dolphins, hyperintelligent talking spy cats, and a terrifying henchperson at his side, going bad is starting to look pretty good.

In a dog-eat-dog world...be a cat.

My Review

Okay, so…this isn’t usually the kind of book I would read. The cover drew me in, and the synopsis capture me with three words. Talking. Spy. Cats. Yes, talking spy cats. With a book that boasts having talking freaking spy … Continue reading

5 stars
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