Starter Villain by John Scalzi

October 5th, 2023 Kimberly Review 10 Comments

5th Oct

Narrated by Wil Wheaton, Starter Villain by John Scalzi was pure magic, from humor to characters in this standalone science fiction fantasy. A down on his luck man inherits his estranged uncle’s supervillain business, and the world turns upside down. Unputdownable!

Starter Villain by John Scalzi
Starter Villain
by John Scalzi
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Length: 8 hours and 5 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Purchase
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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 a cat.

fantasy Humor scifi well written

I preordered this during an Audible sale and couldn’t wait to listen. I enjoy Scalzi’s stories, whether he is taking us into deep space, a futuristic world or taking us along on a dispatch.

In Starter Villain, we meet Charlie Fitzer. A former journalist who is now a divorced substitute teacher. Living in his childhood home with his cat, Hera. Our story begins over breakfast, where he learns of his estranged billionaire uncle’s death from the television news. The day gets worse when he learns the bank really isn’t interested in helping him purchase the local pub he and his Dad visited. It ends with possibility when he’s offered the chance to keep his childhood home if he’ll speak at his uncle’s funeral.

The tale that unfolds was fantastic and had me laughing from thugs at the funeral to genetically engineered animals, mammals …you’ll see. I adored Charlie from his logic to his mannerisms and how he handles everything thrown at him from dolphin strikes to bombs. We travel across the globe, get accused of murder and hide out in a secret lair.

Hands down, one of my favorite listens of 2023. The book is brilliant and I have no doubt this would be five stars on its own, but you mix in Wil Wheaton as narrator and bam… magic.

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About John Scalzi

John Scalzi, having declared his absolute boredom with biographies, disappeared in a puff of glitter and lilac scent. Author of the Human Division series and Old Man's War series. Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. Writer for the video game Midnight Star, by Industrial Toys. Former president (7/10 – 6/13) of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Executive Producer and Consultant for the upcoming television series based on my book Redshirts, as well as for the upcoming television series based on my Old Man’s War book series

About Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton loves to tell stories. He’s been doing it his whole life. By age ten, he had already been acting for three years. In 1986, at age 12, he earned critical acclaim as Gordie Lachance in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me; at 14, he began his four-year turn as Wesley Crusher on the hit TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Since then, Wil has appeared in dozens of films and TV series, with recurring roles on TNT’s Leverage, SyFy’s Eureka, and the hit webseries The Guild. He is the creator, producer, and host of the wildly successful webseries Tabletop, credited with reigniting national interest in tabletop gaming. Most recently, he played a fictionalized version of himself on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, one of the most highly rated and watched sitcoms of the last decade. An accomplished voice actor, Wil has lent his talents to animated series including Family Guy, Teen Titans, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. His video game credits include four installments each of the Grand Theft Auto and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series, as well as Fallout: New Vegas, DC Universe Online, and Broken Age. His audiobook narration of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and was one of Goodreads’ 10 Best Narrator and Audiobook Pairings of All Time. He has also lent his voice to titles by John Scalzi, Randall Monroe, and Joe Hill. When he isn’t acting, narrating, or podcasting, Wil Wheaton is writing.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. Whovian, Ravenclaw, Howler and proud Nonna. She owns and manages Caffeinated PR. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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